In an exclusive statement to never-funny-but-always-trying ThePRP, Chimaira guitarist Matt DeVries explained the reasons behind his impending exit from the group.
“I’ve been with Chimaira for over 10 years now, and in that period of time, I’ve had the chance to achieve a number of goals I set for myself early in life establishing myself as a musician, finding my own style and developing it within a band, touring every corner of the world, and connecting with people from all walks of life,” says Matt. “I’m fortunate that my skills as a guitar player and musician have afforded me the opportunities to reach those goals.
“Over the past year, I looked closely at what drove me, and asked myself where I wanted to go as both an artist and as a person,” he continued. “What motivated me as a kid from Cleveland wasn’t necessarily the same thing that now drives me today as a man with a family. I realized that as much as Chimaira had defined my past decade and made me who I am today, it was time to explore my next decade of music, and grow into the person I need to be. For that reason, I have decided to leave Chimaira.
“It goes without saying that Chimaira has some of the best fans in the world, and I’d like to thank each and every one of you out there who has ever supported us. Every show, every photograph, every backstage meet-and-greet, every truck stop, every scorching hot day on a summer festival, and every cold night out by the bus I will never forget you. You have inspired me, driven me, and taught me humility through your own personal experiences and words in ways I never thought possible. I am forever in debt to you. Thank you.”
Matt then thanked his band mates and his endorsers.
He also said he is “looking forward to the opportunities within Six Feet Under, and seeing what potential lies ahead. I’m also very excited about the possibility of providing instruction to other guitar players through online educational platforms, and am currently in talks with JamPlay to make that happen. I’m also a big believer in the next generation of social media, and am committed to connecting with those interested in working with me or wanting to follow me. To help me do that, I will be launching a massive online campaign in 2012, complete with a new website, significant Facebook presence, revitalized Twitter feed, and fresh YouTube content all with a surprise in mind.”