Martyn Millard Leaves Orange Goblin, New Bassist Announced
After 25 years in the band, Orange Goblin co-founder Martyn Millard will be stepping down from his place in the group. The split is amicable, the band and bassist each say in separate statements.
“After thinking over my decision for some time, I informed Ben, Chris and Joe, over Christmas 2019 that I would depart at the end of 2020,” Millard wrote. “It’s the hardest decision I have ever had to make but ultimately the correct one for all concerned. I love this band, its music, its members, its fans and all it stands for. It’s been my life for 26 years. But I just knew that my time had come to step aside. I will always be part of this ongoing story and I will continue supporting my best friends from the side of the stage.”
The band praised Millard, writing “We all thank Martyn for his contribution and sacrifices to Orange Goblin over the course of the past 26 years and wish him well in whatever he chooses to do next. We know that none of the things this band has achieved since the start would have been possible without his commitment, passion and talent and we are eternally grateful for that.”
Orange Goblin will continue to forge ahead with Harry Armstrong, who has been a friend of the group for a long time. “Harry has been a part of the family since day one, his enthusiasm, talent and encyclopedic knowledge of heavy metal means that he is perfectly suited for the band and we look forward to what the future brings with this new line-up,” they write.