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"Ladies and gentlemen,
There is no simple way to rationalise why I have made the decision to leave Haken. I enjoy the creative process and the music
we've written, I love playing and performing with the band, and I love my bandmates. I had really hoped to be around for a
little while longer and I am somewhat surprised to be sitting here right now typing out this statement, so soon after "The
Mountain" was released. And yet for some time I've been aware that things haven't felt quite right. That, try as I might to be
happy and content with my lot, this isn't what I'm supposed to be doing with my life, and that there are other things I need to
turn my focus to in order to achieve that nebulous and quasi-mythical state of 'fulfilment'. This has resulted in me becoming
a cog that is struggling to turn with the rest of the machine. Put simply, when asked if I was prepared to commit
wholeheartedly to a busy touring schedule for 2014, my immediate gut reaction was "No, I don't want to do this anymore.
Time to get off". Again, there is no simple reason why I feel this way, but I can only acknowledge the fact that my heart is not
100% in it, and it's time to accept that I need to drop things in order to follow my heart, wherever that will lead me.
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank Charlie, Diego, Ray, Rich and Ross for their endless support and encouragement,
through good times and bad. It's been an honour and a pleasure to work with them over the past 6 years. Finally, a big thank
you to all the fans who have expressed their appreciation of my work. I tried my best. I will miss you all.
Now it's time for some new adventures. Till we meet again!
Love and respect,
"After our recent signing to InsideOut and with the release of our third album, it feels like we are embarking on the next
stage of our journey, which we are extremely excited about. We are so proud of 'The Mountain' and we can't wait to get on
stage and share it with our dedicated fans. Thankfully we will have the pleasure of Tom's company and musicianship during
our upcoming October stint finishing up at Prog Stage Festival in Israel. After that, we will continue with a 'special guest
bassist' (TBA) until we find a permanent member. Information regarding the audition process will follow at a later date.
Finally we would like to say a huge mountain-sized thankyou to our awesome fans for the continued support.