Guitarist Aaron Guerra of the Los Angeles-based Christian neo-classical progressive thrash metal band TOURNIQUET has issued the following statement:
"I am passing along the news to everyone that I have stepped down as the guitarist of TOURNIQUET. I am unable to continue in my role as TOURNIQUET's guitarist and still focus on my family the way I need to.
"I want to express my heartfelt thanks to Luke [Easter, vocals], Ted [Kirkpatrick, drums], Steve [Andino, bass] and all of the great fans and friends that I have shared many wonderful moments with. Thanks again for everything and God bless you all."
TOURNIQUET released a live DVD in August 2006, entitled "Till Sverige Med Krlek" (To Sweden With Love). The disc, which has a running time of over 100 minutes, was recorded on March 12, 2005 at the Bobfest 2005 in Linkping, Sweden, and "is by far the best-quality live TOURNIQUET footage we have ever had both in terms of the video (four cameras) and audio," the band previously stated. "The crowd was awesome too! There [are] songs included that have never been on any live TOURNIQUET video or DVD before 'The Tomb of Gilgamesh' and 'Skeezix Part II', to name a couple. Also included [are] songs from 'Where Moth and Rust Destroy', and of course, some old favorites."
The band's last studio release, 2003's "Where Moth and Rust Destroy" (Metal Blade), featured special guest appearances by guitarists Marty Friedman (ex-MEGADETH) and Bruce Franklin (TROUBLE).