UK progressive metal group Haken have announced that bassist Tom MacLean has decided to quit the band following their upcoming October show at Prog Stage Festival in Israel. After that, the band will continue with a special guest bassist (to be announced) until they find a permanent member.

The band posted the following message: "It is with deep regret that we have to announce Tom's departure from Haken. As well as being a gifted musician, Tom is a great friend and it has been a pleasure and an honour to call him a band mate for the past six years. We've shared so many amazing experiences together and will never forget those times! We are immensely grateful for his wisdom and dedication, without which Haken would not be where it is today. We of course remain close friends and want everyone to know that there is no animosity between us whatsoever."




Tom can explain the situation better: "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, Tom."

Haken's latest album, The Mountain, was released in September 2013 through InsideOut.


Source: facebook.com
Band profile: Haken
 
Posted: 25.09.2013 by Clint W.



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Candlemass - 25.09.2013 at 21:16  
At least I'll get to see the guy live before he leaves . What an amazing band.
Unhealer - 25.09.2013 at 21:32  
Hope he'll be dedicating more time to To-Mera then
tea[m]ster - 26.09.2013 at 12:57  
Written by Unhealer on 25.09.2013 at 21:32

Hope he'll be dedicating more time to To-Mera then


Exactly what I was thinking, but maybe he will leave To-Mera too, sounds to me he is ready to move on...
Ivor - 26.09.2013 at 13:42  
Written by tea[m]ster on 26.09.2013 at 12:57

Exactly what I was thinking, but maybe he will leave To-Mera too, sounds to me he is ready to move on...

Unlike with Haken, he's the main writer behind To-Mera. So, I'd say he's unlikely to leave To-Mera.

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