Finnish shock rockers announced today the departure of their long time bass player, who goes under the name OX, with the following statement:

Dear LORDI fans,

This is a very sad day in the history of the band. Our long term bandmember and close friend OX has decided to leave the band after the summer festivals 2019. OX, all the best for your future and thanks for the fantastic time we had all together.

Please find below some personal words from OX explaining the situation:

“It has come the day that I have to tell you that I will be leaving Lordi. There is no drama, no major issues or anything like that. I just feel very strong urge to do something else in music and to be available for other musical journeys, what ever those will be. I will do the summer festivals with Lordi and after that it’s time for the new guy to take it from there. I wanna thank the band and especially the best fans on this planet, for these 13 years and the greatest ride of my life. I love you all from the pound of my heart and I hope to see you again somewhere sometime.”

OX joined Lordi in 2005 and has recorded six albums with them. Their new member will be seen for the first time ever in Thessaloniki, Greece, on October 11th.