||[Sep. 16th, 2004|03:35 pm]
Matt Montgomery Fans
AMEN guitarist Matt Montgomery has quit the band, branding the group's leader Casey Chaos "a fraud."|
In a statement posted at the Metal Hammer web site, Matt writes, "If I joined AMEN to be famous or be a 'rock star', I joined for the wrong reasons. I joined it purely for an intense love and passion for what Casey Chaos led me to believe he stood for.
"I had two AMEN tattoos before I joined, and moved myself to L.A. to join one of my favorite bands. Now after 2 long years I can say I've had enough and learned a hard lesson.
"I've made a lot of friends and had some great experiences which I'm grateful for. However, living on just under 2800 dollars (that is my full take-home pay) from over two years has put me in extreme debt, and caused so many problems for me. All that was ever asked from the band was a band agreement that would split any profits from gigs and merch evenly so we could survive. That was apparently too much to ask.
"But the most heartbreaking reason for leaving is the realization that Casey is a fraud. The promises of band solidarity were nothing more than lies. Myself, and previous members all played with the band because we believed in AMEN and its message. I now know why there have been so many members in this band.
"Thanks to all who helped us get through the last 2 years. And a huge thanks to the fans that are so open minded and die hard. I wish I could say I was still one of you."