Former BLIND GUARDIAN drummer Thomen Stauch has issued another statement explaining in greater detail the circumstances that led to his departure from the group. Stauch's statement reads as follows:
"I hope this news doesn’t shock you too much, but from this point on I am no longer BLIND GUARDIAN's drummer.
"Over the last few years, it had become clear that we had too many differing opinions, plus our vision for the future was not the same. We, as a band, talked openly about our differences and came to the conclusion that separation would be the only solution.
"One of the main aspects of this decision is the fact that our friendship still exists, and for that to remain it is necessary to go separate ways, at least musically.
"I wish BLIND GUARDIAN all the best and much success for the future, hoping that they find another drummer as soon as possible. I would also like to use this opportunity to thank each and every one of you who stood by us through all those years, especially our fans. You are the best!!!! I hope to see you soon!
"The biggest 'thank you' goes to Hansi, Marcus and Andre for almost 20 fantastic years."
Stauch is currently working on an as-yet-unnamed new project with SOILWORK vocalist Björn "Speed" Strid. The collaboration, which originally went under the COLDSEED moniker, was previously described by Strid as "a mixture between RAMMSTEIN and ALICE IN CHAINS." A full-length album was recently recorded and is due later in the year.