German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR have commented on the departure of the band's guitarist, Henny Wolter (as first reported by BLABBERMOUTH.NET earlier today). The band states, "Online mags reporting the 'news' after a blog posting from Henny today that he's not a member of PRIMAL FEAR anymore. All we have to add — yes, it's true, and the split happened seven weeks ago.
"There was no reason for us to make a sensational headline or badmouth eachother. We feel sorry about this, but we have no more comments on the situation.
"At the moment we're rehearsing for the forthcoming European tour that kicks off on Saturday in Warsaw, Poland and takes us through nine European countries. Be sure, we are well prepared and definitely ready to hit the road with five very common faces on stage. . . The band is thrilled to play a different new setlist, including some nice surprises and we will start working on a new studio album right after the tour ..... and as a friend on Facebook commented - yes it is the two headed guitar monster :-)
"We wish Henny, his wife and kids all the best for the future and good luck on his forthcoming musical projects."
Wolter stated that he quit PRIMAL FEAR because — in his words — "it just didn't feel like a band anymore." Henny, who is also no longer a member of SINNER (led by PRIMAL FEAR bassist Mat Sinner), is focusing his energy on his new band NITROGODS, also featuring ex-PRIMAL FEAR drummer Klaus Sperling and vocalist Oimel Larcher. The group's self-titled debut album is expected in early 2011.
PRIMAL FEAR recently released a new live DVD, "16.6 - All Over The World" (recorded in various locations between September and November 2009), and a live CD, aptly titled "Live In The USA". Frontiers Records issued the two products separately and as a limited-edition combo on June 22 in the USA. The DVD is filled with an abundance of extra materials, such as an entire bootleg section with funny moments on the road, bootleg footage from various festival appearances and other concerts, all of PRIMAL FEAR's most recent promotional videos, plus the making-of footage for "16.6" and a brand new interview section about the past, present and future of PRIMAL FEAR.