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DEVILMENT Part Ways With Keyboard Player Lauren Francis
December 27th, 2017

Devilment 2016 (l-r): Nick Johnson, Lauren Francis, Colin Parks, Dani Filth and Matt Alston

Ipswich, England-based symphonic gothic metal band Devilment have parted ways with keyboard player and vocalist Lauren Francis, confirming this development on December 27th, 2017.

Lauren Francis issued the following statement: “I apologise if I haven’t replied to some messages. I thought it was better to address everyone together and I didn’t want to do that just before Christmas!

“Being a part of Devilment has been a crazy adventure and one which I never could have predicted for myself. As many of you know, I didn’t come from a metal background, so it was a totally new and exciting experience for me. The sense of community within the metal scene is one which I had never really seen before and it’s been very humbling to have been embraced and accepted.

“I have read through much of the feedback that we have received on YouTube and social media, as well as speaking to fans at gigs about their favourite tracks. It’s a wonderful feeling to know that so many of you have connected with our music and felt inspired by it.

“This year my life has begun taking a different shape and as much as I love the band, I am unable to commit the same level of energy and drive that it demands and deserves. So it is with great sadness that I am announcing my decision to leave Devilment.

“I’m so sorry to anyone who feels disappointed by this, but I know that the band will find an amazing replacement and keep creating awesome music. I wanted to thank you all for your unwavering support and enthusiasm for the band and for my part in it.”

Devilment frontman Dani Filth offered the following words, meanwhile: “We would like to wish Lauren all the best for the future, and we will continue to support her in all her new music endeavours.”

Lauren Francis joined Devilment in 2012 and appeared on both of the band’s full-length studio albums to date; The Great And Secret Show (November 2014) and Devilment II: The Mephisto Waltzes (November 2016).

On December 28th, Devilment announced that former Cradle Of Filth keyboardist Caroline “Caz” Campbell had replaced Francis.

Promotional photograph by Lala Photography at JoLi Studios.

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