Swiss industrial black metal pioneers Samaël announced the departure of Marco 'Makro' Rivao from the band. Thomas "Drop" Betrisey will assume guitar duties and the band will add a new bassist in the coming weeks.
Mak made the following statement: "As some of you might know I ve spent the last 16 years playing guitar for Samaël. During those years I had the chance to meet lots of lovely people/fans, which in some cases turned into friendships, and so this statement goes to all of you.
"I've always been a fan of 'Passage,' 'Rebellion,' 'Ceremony of Opposites' and when I received a phone call in 2002 from Samaël asking me if I'd like to join the band, it felt like an honour and also a chance to make a living out of music. All together we’ve shared a great amount of good times and I'd like to thank everyone of you for making these moments real.
"Samaël is Vorph and Xy’s story and I've been mostly a live interpreter for their music, and I'd like to thank 'em too for offering me this opportunity. Now it is time for me to do something different and so I am leaving Samaël.
"Vorph, Xy, Drop and all of the outstanding crew members I've worked with during those years are like family to me and so it shall remain.
"Thanks again to all of you for making these past years such an awsome journey with Samaēl! Take care, Mk."
The band follow up his statement by saying: "Mak is leaving Samaël. The band regrets this, but accepts his decision and we wish him all the best for his future endeavors. From now on Drop will take over the guitar duties in Samaël and a new bass player will be announced shortly."