||Belgian old school heavy metal act Ostrogoth announced that the co-founder and bassist Marnix "Bronco" Van de Kauter decided to leave the band. The heavy touring schedule for 2014/2015 - which will only increase with a new album scheduled for release in January 2015 - are causing a conflict with Bronco's personal life.
Here is Bronco's personal statement: "It is with deep regret that I am announcing my departure from Ostrogoth. I have made this decision after a hard and long deliberation with myself and the rest of the band members. The growing interest Ostrogoth has generated over the last few years has been very rewarding, but has also put a strain on my personal life. The time and effort that needs to be put into playing and writing in a band is more than I can deliver at this moment in my life. Therefore I have decided to step aside and let the band — which I helped found and have always and will always support — grow further."
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The band also says: "Ostrogoth wishes to thank Bronco for all the years of hard work, pumping that bass during the writing process of Full Moon's Eyes (1983), Ecstacy And Danger (1984) and Too Hot (1985) and the many club tours in Belgium and abroad. 2010 was the year of the second reunion for Ostrogoth and Bronco stood by his tribe, till time told him to take a break. We will always remember Bronco as our thunderbass warrior, during long, musical battles. We know Bronco will stay near us and help us out when necessary. This is not a goodbye, but rather a 'see you later...'"
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