2014, The story of Statement started in 2011, when Niels Alex - drummer of now-defunct Danish metallers Pilgrimz - met up with longtime friend and vocalist Jannick Brochdorf. Niels Alex was already an experienced musician on the Danish metal scene and has been playing in bands since 1994. But then Niels Alex wanted to do something else and ditched the drums in favor of the guitar and his love for classic hard rock. The lineup was completed with the addition of bassist Martin Poulsen from the death/grind band Drab, drummer Peter Thomsen - who has supported Europe and Tesla with his former band Sode - and finally guitarist Jesper Steen Noachsen. All five members were inspired by classical hard rock/metal acts such as Scorpions, Black Sabbath and Metallica. So even though the majority of the band had been playing extreme metal for about 20 years, they all went back with a newfound love for their musical roots and the times of exploration.