Equipoise guitarist Phil Tougas (First Fragment, Chthe’ilist) has departed the band. The split was amicable between both parties. While a reason isn’t explicitly given in the band’s statement, it appears to be because of Tougas’ workload in other projects not allowing him time to continue with Equipoise.
The full statement of the band reads:
“Well, it’s public now, but unfortunately (and amicably so), Phil is no longer in Equipoise. Phil is one of the busiest and hardest working fellas in all of metal, and I fully understand his reasoning.
At the end of the day, I get to feel pride in knowing that I was able to be bandmates with one of my greatest guitar influences. I have loved all of Phil’s bands and discovered them at various points in time, only to find out he is the tether that binds it all together. I greatly admire and try to emulate the work ethic of this man, because it is second to none in my opinion.
We have a replacement already lined up though 😏”