Guitarist Jeff Loomis and drummer Van Williams have announced their departure from Seattle-based progressive thrashers Nevermore. The following announcement was posted on the band's Myspace page:

"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."

Loomis and Williams had been with Nevermore since the band's first album, the self-titled Nevermore from 1995. Nevermore recently announced that they would be cancelling their planned tour with Symphony X. No information regarding additional confirmed tour dates is known at this time.

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Posted: 21.04.2011 by Collin

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Daydream Nation - 22.04.2011 at 05:49  
Their last record was certainly indicative of this internal tension. Not a shock.
Vranalalalalala - 22.04.2011 at 09:14  
What the hell? Nevermore's dead now...
LeChron James - 22.04.2011 at 09:44  
WHOHOHOHOA! That's a fuckin big one.
Justice - 22.04.2011 at 10:17  
Nevermore without jeff and van joke...

nevermore is dead and gone
arj - 22.04.2011 at 10:53  

Dead heart in a dead world
Ottir - 22.04.2011 at 11:35  
Nevermore no more.. I hope not never more
diogobarbosa90 - 22.04.2011 at 12:51  
Written by Ottir on 22.04.2011 at 11:35

Nevermore no more.. I hope not never more

hahaha that was fun
popmik - 22.04.2011 at 13:28  
Holy crap
Uldreth - 22.04.2011 at 15:14  
Oh shi...
Jeff - 22.04.2011 at 15:33  
RIP Nevermore
SexyCat_1113 - 22.04.2011 at 15:34  
What a fucking hell news ...
Eddie Misery - 22.04.2011 at 15:56  
What... :*(
reload3591 - 22.04.2011 at 17:14  
This is a sad day indeed.
The Voyager - 22.04.2011 at 18:09  
Written by Jeff on 22.04.2011 at 15:33

RIP Nevermore

Indeed. Considering the fact that Loomis writes almost all of the music, even if they do go on, it will not be the Nevermore we know now. This is a sad day for me.
a MasT - 22.04.2011 at 18:25  
Well at least we know loomis will continue in some form or another. \m/
madrigal - 22.04.2011 at 19:04  
Too bad !!
Doc Godin - 22.04.2011 at 19:19  
Wow. That's pretty huge. Hopefully they'll break up...
Evil Chip - 22.04.2011 at 22:40  
Really sad... I don't think they will recover from this, in fact they will not recover from this. Loomis was the compositive force behind all the music. I hope they fill with some good compositor. At least Warrel is still in the band to provide with his unique voice and great lyrics. Sad day.
nb - 22.04.2011 at 23:08  
That is unexpected news, I will however follow whatever projects Jeff undertakes, and definitely if he puts out more instrumentals like Zero Order Phase.
Donnie Darko - 23.04.2011 at 23:24  
Black Conundrum - 24.04.2011 at 01:28  
That is huge, and it comes in the midst of several key members leaving their respective bands. Oy vey.
Dark Blood - 24.04.2011 at 15:53  
Kamelot and Nevermore are ruined now...?
HeadStone - 24.04.2011 at 21:38  
Nevermore is dead :/
ryche76 - 25.04.2011 at 03:13  
WTF !!!!!!!!!!!! R.I.P. Nevermore. Jeff is one hell of a guitarist, made many others look and sound second rate. And I was excited to see him live on June 10th in Melbourne.
bodomroy - 25.04.2011 at 16:12  
sq_xeper - 25.04.2011 at 17:15  
Jeff Loomis IS Nevermore (or was), Van was also a huge influence on the band sound too. Nevermore is finnished, even if they hire Chris Brodderick, no guitarist will ever replace Jeff.
I feel really bad for never seeing them live
Angelic Storm - 01.05.2011 at 16:02  
I don't really see how Nevermore can continue without Jeff Loomis. Although Steve Smyth proved that other members aside from him could contribute some amazing songs for the band. Had Steve still been in Nevermore, I don't think this would be have been quite the severe blow to the band that it is. It's going to be interesting to see if they continue or not. They're going to have pull off a Houdini though if they're going to continue and still remain as great as before. lol
Night Sight - 01.05.2011 at 18:15  
Nevermore is dead without loomis and williams
evoola - 02.05.2011 at 23:45  
Absolutely fucking devastated
Oscar Garcia - 03.06.2011 at 06:38  
Nononnononononononononono jeff please don´t go nooooooooooooooooooooooooo maldita sea
DreadfulYgg - 30.06.2011 at 07:11  
Just read this news. What a shame. I haven't followed the band for years but I was a huge fan. I can't seem them moving on without Loomis and Williams, but especially Loomis. He was the backbone for their sound. Time to move on.
Buried Dreamer - 11.07.2011 at 21:56  
Warrel Dane and Jim Sheppard are enough to continue. Jeff Loomis is just being emo. Sanctuary kick asses and Nevermore do that as well. Perhaps the guitars will never be the same, but Loomis is not actually necessary.

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