DIVINE HERESY bassist Joe Payne has released the following statement to BLABBERMOUTH.NET:
"With a great amount of thought and consideration, I have decided to leave DIVINE HERESY to pursue my true passion (lead guitar) with my best friends in my band PAIN AFTER DEATH.
"I've had a blast over the past four years playing with DIVINE HERESY and enjoying the laughs, blood, sweat, tears, and brotherhood that comes with being in a touring band.
"It's become painfully clear to me that my passion for this project has been insufficient for quite sometime now. It's not fair to DIVINE HERESY fans, my fellow bandmembers in DIVINE HERESY, or to myself to continue on with this project an not wholeheartedly believe in what we were doing, musically or otherwise.
"I wish nothing but prosperity and happiness to the other members of DIVINE HERESY and am eternally grateful to every single DIVINE HERESY fan around the world who have supported us the years and helped me pay my bills. This shit ain't over for me yet.
"PAIN AFTER DEATH's full-length album will be complete and available very soon.. Go check that shit out and leave feedback. Good or bad. Bring it."
DIVINE HERESY's sophomore album, "Bringer of Plagues", sold around 3,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 148 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD landed at No. 4 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.
DIVINE HERESY's first album, "Bleed The Fifth", opened with 2,700 units back in September 2007.
"Bringer of Plagues" was released in North America on July 28, 2009 via Century Media Records.