Guitarist Grégory "Greg" Rouvière has left the Marseille, France-based metalcore band ETHS. He says in a statement: "Due to my injury and a couple of personal issues, I decided to put my musical career on a hiatus.
"I will stay close to the band, because we are friends above all, but I had to make that decision even if it breaks my heart.
"I count on all of you to keep on supporting ETHS, especially since the recent induction of Rachel brings the highest hopes for the future.
"Thank you all for those wonderful memories I'll cherish forever."
Added the remaining members of ETHS: "We wish Greg all the best in his future endeavors. We will never forget the great times we had together and hope for that hiatus to be short-lived.
"Greg will not be replaced and ETHS is now a four-piece band."
Singer Rachel Aspe made her live debut with ETHS on April 10 at Le Ninkasi Kao in Lyon, France. Fan-filmed video footage of the concert can be seen below.
"I am very proud to be a part of ETHS," Rachel said in a statement upcoming joining the band. "I have been a fan of the group for years and it is a real honor for me to find myself singing the songs that have I listened to for so long."
ETHS last year recruited Virginie Goncalves (KELLS) and Nelly Wood-Hasselhoff to handle lead vocals at the group's shows following the departure of Candice Clot.
"We are delighted to welcome Rachel to the group," said ETHS. "She is a great girl with an amazing voice!
"Thank you, Virginie and Nelly, for helping us out on stage in recent months.
"A new chapter in the career of ETHS is about to be written."
Aspe made headlines in France last November when she performed the SYBREED song "Emma-0" on an episode of "La France À Un Incroyable Talent", the French reality television series which is part of the global British "Got Talent" franchise. Her death metal vocal styling stunned the judges and crowd before going viral and being seen by millions of people. A member of the melodic death metal band DIVIDEAD, she also made a guest appearance on the latest KERÍON CD entitled "Cloudriders" on the track "Fireblast".
Clot played her final show as a member of ETHS on October 13, 2012 at L'Arcade in Notre-Dame-de-Gravenchon, France.
ETHS' third album, "III", was released on April 6, 2012 via Season Of Mist. The CD was recorded at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden with producer Fredrik Nordström, who has previously worked with AT THE GATES, IN FLAMES, DARK TRANQUILLITY, ARCH ENEMY, SOILWORK and BRING ME THE HORIZON, among others.