Former FOZZY Guitarist Explains His Departure

Former FOZZY guitarist Mike Martin spoke to AOL's Noisecreep about his departure from the band on the eve of the release of its latest album, "Chasing the Grail".

"I have received many messages concerning my status with [WWE wrestler] Chris Jericho's band FOZZY and my involvement with the new album," Martin said. "I am no longer with the band as a member.

"I did not quit nor leave on any terms of mutual dissatisfaction based on unrealistic expectations.

"FOZZY's management informed me in August of 2009 that the band wanted to make a change to the touring lineup. This, I believe, is due to a personal falling out between me and one of the band members over business matters. Their decision I understand and respect and will leave any personal matters to remain private.

"I appreciate all the mail I've received from fans wanting to know what happened and wishing me well."

"Chasing The Grail", the new album from FOZZY — the band featuring Jericho and STUCK MOJO guitarist Rich Ward — sold around 2,200 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 6 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.

"Chasing the Grail" was released on January 26 via Australia's Riot! Entertainment.

"Chasing The Grail" track listing:

01. Under Blackened Skies
02. Martyr No More
03. Watch Me Shine
04. Broken Soul
05. Let The Madness Begin
06. Paraskavedekatriaphobia (Friday The 13th)
07. God Pounds His Nails
08. Pray For Blood
09. Grail
10. Revival
11. New Day's Dawn
12. Wormwood

"Martyr No More" features a special guest guitar solo by ANNIHILATOR's Jeff Waters.

"Let The Madness Begin" audio stream:

"Martyr No More" audio stream:

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