In further sad news from the music world, it was confirmed yesterday that Ailyn is parting ways with Sirenia, only a fortnight after announcing a new album and EU tour. The band gave the following statement:
Sirenia and Ailyn have decided to part ways for personal reasons. We part ways on good terms and we wish Ailyn the best of luck for her future endeavours. Thanks a lot for the great years we shared in the band and thanks for all your efforts in this period, we are forever grateful. It has been a true delight and privilege working with you, may all your dreams be fulfilled and may your future shine.
Sirenia will spend the next two months finishing the recordings of our upcoming album. The band is in the process of engaging a new singer to take over the lead singer role in the group. All tours and shows from September 2016 and forward will go as planned. We will be back soon with more news. Stay tuned!!
Ailyn recently missed out on several of the band's concerts after her mother passed away and she struggled with illness - it is unknown whether this contributed to the decision. Ailyn gave a statement on her own page that implied it was not a mutual break-up (echoing the situation with Liv Kristine earlier this year):
I'm very sorry for the bad news. I have to confirm the statement posted on the Sirenia page earlier. Sirenia and I are going our separate ways. This decision was not mine, I didn't take part of it.
I want to thank Sirenia for eight and a half wonderful years touring around the world. I am greatful for the chances I had to meet a lot of you and make new friends. I wish Sirenia all the best for the future and hopefully our paths will cross again. The good memories will always be in my heart.
For now I don't know what the future holds but I am super excited about finding out. I will for sure keep working with music, and hopefully it will give me the opportunity to be back on the road so we can meet again soon. But first I will enjoy some days of Norwegian summer and as soon as I am on to something you'll be the first to know.
It is not yet clear whether the upcoming album will feature Ailyn's vocals or the vocals of the new singer.