German guitarist Thorsten Bauer is no longer a member of Atrocity and Leaves' Eyes. He decided to leave both bands at the same time. Below you can read the official statements.
Atrocity/Leaves' Eyes said: "Dear Fans and Friends, after more than two decades of musical adventures our good friend and band mate Tosso has decided to leave both bands, Atrocity and Leaves Eyes at the end of 2021. With heavy hearts we accept Tosso's very personal decision. In both bands we had a fantastic time together, sharing incredible concert experiences around the world and creating and releasing amazing music! We look back with great pride on what we have achieved and from the bottom of our hearts we wish our friend Tosso all the best for the future! Tossi, vielen Dank für eine geile Zeit! Alles Gute für Dich und lass es auch in Zukunft krachen!"
Bauer stated: "Dear Atrocity and Leaves' Eyes fans, this isn't easy to tell, I have decided to depart from. Atrocity and Leaves' Eyes. More than half of my life it was my pleasure, honour, passion and joy to write music and tour several times around the globe with both bands. I am very proud of what we have achieved together and very thankful for the countless amazing experiences in the studio and worldwide on the road over the last decades, especially with all of our fantastic fans. I cherish all of them and they have a safe place in my heart. However, I feel it is the right time now for me to end this huge chapter in my life and to look forward to and embrace new things and challenges in my life, to grow as a person and learn new things. To make it clear: I love all my band brothers and sister and there has been no negativity or any conflicts. I take this decision in full and clear consciousness, and feel it is the right time for me now. I wish my bands all the best for the future and thank all of our fans out there that accompanied me on this incredible journey."
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