Reunited NWOBHM (New Wave of British Heavy Metal) legends DIAMOND HEAD have issued a follow-up statement regarding their decision to part ways with singer Sean Harris. The statement reads as follows:
"Since the success of the acoustic dates in 2000, events have moved on rapidly-for DIAMOND HEAD at least! With the recording of a new album during 2002 things would have appeared on the surface going well. It is therefore somewhat ironic that the band has had to confront arguably the most fundamental upheaval since its very formation — a DIAMOND HEAD without Sean Harris.
"Times and people move on, personal and professional objectives change and as we have got older (and hopefully wiser!), we all invariably move towards differing agendas.
"As musicians we recently reached that regrettable but sometimes inevitable point where our respective business and creative visions for the band were rapidly and irreconcilably diverging. To compromise in such a situation would have meant all parties concerned feeling dissatisfied with the end result.The band would have surely stagnated and imploded.
"Therefore after a great deal of soul searching we have decided to carry on without Sean as singer. We wish him all the luck in the world with his future ventures and projects.
"Over the last few years it has been gratifying, humbling and downright flattering to see the huge ongoing interest, constant support and open affection people have for the band and our music. So much so that if only for those people we are fully determined to forge ahead with DIAMOND HEAD.
"We have found a brilliant new singer in Nick Tart and the songs we have written thus far have been created with a natural ease and enthusiasm; what could be termed classic DIAMOND HEAD tempered with a very contemporary sound.
"We are sure that once the fans have heard the fruits of our labours they will continue to support us as they have in the past.
"The album — as yet untitled — is due out Spring 05."