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Guitarist Jochem Jacobs Leaves Textures

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Jacobs, right, with Textures co-guitarist Bart Hennephof.

Dutch progressive metal masters Textures have announced the departure of guitarist and founding member Jochem Jacobs.

Here’s the band’s statement, via their official email newsletter:

Ladies and gentlemen, it has been a bit quiet around the TEXTURES camp lately. It is for a valid reason:

After 12 years being a big part of the band, Jochem has decided to leave TEXTURES. It is sad to see him leave, but we respect his decision fully. Since the very start of TEXTURES, Jochem has helped the band get to where it is right now and his input will always be part of our music.

It’s a big setback for the band, but we are fully determined to keep on making music. Therefore the search for a replacement guitarist has begun! More news about this coming soon! Bare with us guys! Remember that you, our fans, are the ones that make us want to move on at full-speed and create some more crazy music! \m/

And a statement from Jacobs:

I’ve been with TEXTURES from the very beginning and have had a lot of great adventures in the past 12 years, musically and socially! It was a dream come true, I was traveling across the world with my best friends and making music!!! What more could you want?!! Strange as it may sound, my priorities changed gradually during the years…

Now the time has come for me to start doing other stuff. There are so many things in life that gives me goosebumps! I’m really busy producing great bands and other music at my studio and I want to focus more on that, I will keep on rocking!!!! Also, I will keep being involved with Textures and will continue producing future TEXTURES albums \m/

It’s hard for me to imagine Textures without Jacobs, but I feel confident that guitarist Bart Hennephof will continue to crank out the killer riffs and that drummer Stef Broks — the two remaining original members — will keep on laying the very foundation of what it means to be Textures. It’s encouraging to learn that Jacobs will still be involved as a collaborator and producer, since the band’s lush sonic textures (ha) have always been an integral part of their sound.

On to the next phase. Dualism was an amazing record that ranked in several MS writers’ year-end lists in 2011. Hopefully the next record will best even that.

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