In what has turned out to be a huge blow for fans of Nevermore, guitarist Jeff Loomis and drummer Van Williams have announced their departure from the band. The two have issued the following joint statement:

“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.”

Both the members had been with the band since the recording of Nevermore’s self-titled debut, released in 1995. Loomis was also the main songwriter of Nevermore, adding to the unique sound that fans are familiar with. He played an important role in developing Nevermore’s unique sound, using 7 string guitars and techniques such as sweep-picking.

Here’s wishing everyone the best for all their future musical endeavors!