Jeff Loomis and Van Williams leave Nevermore

A shocker to say the least and this comes in a week that also saw KK Downing leave Judas Priest. Nevermore have parted ways with long standing guitar virtuoso Jeff Loomis and drummer Van Williams.

The following statement from the two reads:

“In a mutual decision Jeff Loomis and Van Williams have decided to leave Nevermore. The time has come to pursue our own paths from the group. Due to internal struggles and ongoing issues within the band, we feel it is our time to move on. We would like to thank all of our fans around the world for their years of love, support and enthusiasm. This was not an easy decision but a very necessary one at this point, may we all meet again someday, somewhere in time.”

It is the departure of Loomis that makes this news so shocking, with no disrespect to Williams intended. Jeff Loomis is the blood of Nevermore, his guitar paying coupled with Warrel Dane’s vocals created the band’s unique and staggering sound. Where the band goes now is anyone’s guess.

The title track from Nevermore’s latest album, the blinding, The Obsidian Conspiracy:

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