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Nevermore Parts Ways With Guitarist Jeff Loomis And Drummer Van Williams

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Just a couple weeks after dropping off their North American tour with Symphony X, American metal outfit Nevermore has announced that the band has parted ways with guitarist Jeff Loomis and drummer Van Williams, both of which have been with the group since the 1995 self-titled album. A joint statement from Loomis and Williams reads as follows:

"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."

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1. Tivic writes:

I hope Nevermore get a new Guitarist & Drummer or Warrel Dane go full time Solo & do a 2nd solo cd.

# Apr 21, 2011 @ 3:46 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. ??????? writes:

NOOO this is the worst news i have heard in years f***. loomis and van better start a project.

# Apr 21, 2011 @ 3:58 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. R10 writes:

Thought so! No Loomis means no Nevermore! Full on Sanctuary reunion? Nevermore have Euro fests booked for summer! Who is gonna step in for him! Nevermore RIP!

# Apr 21, 2011 @ 3:58 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. NW_MetalHead writes:

No one can fill Loomis's spot in this band, I can't imagine Nevermore continuing on

# Apr 21, 2011 @ 3:59 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. MetalMattUK writes:

This is a shocker been following this band for years love this band and im afraid to say this is the end of Nevermore sad day indeed

# Apr 21, 2011 @ 4:01 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. LK writes:

I'm very disappointed that I won't see them again in that line up. But, wishing all the best for Jeff and Van, who had to make the tough decision.

# Apr 21, 2011 @ 4:21 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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It's official: Nevermore's dead.

Loomis and Williams will probably both pop up in the same new band together. Warrell can probably have good success as a solo artist and keep doing albums w/ Peter Wichers of Soilwork.

# Apr 21, 2011 @ 4:50 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. ZMA writes:

Damn that's crazy to hear. I only like a few Nevermore songs. Warrel Danes vocals really make or break this band for me. Jeff Loomis is a phenomenal guitarist, and I hope I see him in other stuff soon. It'd be cool to see him in heavier stuff then Nevermore or Sanctuary. I Just listen to Sanctuary though and liked them a lot

# Apr 21, 2011 @ 4:55 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. Faisal writes:

Bring back Chris Broderick and hopefully Jeff will go to Megadeth.

# Apr 21, 2011 @ 5:07 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. Nunya writes:

WHat the fjuck is nevermore without loomis?
nevermores dead and loomis 'll probably pull a jimmy paige

# Apr 21, 2011 @ 6:26 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. -Metal_Rapture- writes:

The same thing popped into my head reading this. I agree with you all, Jeff Loomis is such a essential person in this band, I think this marks the end of Nevermore.

# Apr 21, 2011 @ 6:34 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. METAL213 writes:

Hate to say it but I pretty much don't care for Nevermore anymore, nothing against Warrel Dane cuz he's a phenomenal singer, but he should pretty much just go solo full on now. Nevermore w/o Loomis is like Pantera w/o Dimebag or Children of Bodom w/o Alexi

# Apr 21, 2011 @ 7:11 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. Metal Messiah writes:

This sucks, i was looking forward to seeing them at bloodstock fest in august. Guess that's not going to happen now huh.

# Apr 21, 2011 @ 7:18 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. Fuck_A_Name writes:

That's like Dave Mustaine leaving Megadeth. Just one big, "Huh?"

# Apr 21, 2011 @ 7:18 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. thadeus writes:

that's it,life is f***ing over!

# Apr 21, 2011 @ 8:03 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. silvermountains writes:

whoa..... whaaat?

# Apr 21, 2011 @ 9:41 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. Bacchante writes:

I love Nevermore and ALWAYS WILL! This news is pretty grim, but let's try to think of the bright outcome....lots of f***ing amazing solo projects...,nothing will ever be like NEVAHMOAH, though...f***!?

# Apr 22, 2011 @ 4:31 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. WOLF7 writes:

FAN, Megadeth might actually make a good album once in their career is Mustaine left ;)

To me, Loomis was the reason why I ever listened to Nevermore.
Nevermore is now never more.

# Apr 22, 2011 @ 5:09 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. Brother B writes:

Damn it!! Wonder if they'll cancel their Aussie tour in June?

# Apr 22, 2011 @ 5:21 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. zMETALlica writes:

no f***ing way! this is like my favorite band here... sh**... :(

sad day indeed... RIP Nevermore

# Apr 22, 2011 @ 11:42 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. Blindgreed1 writes:

All I wanna know is where the fvck is b.bristowe? This is gonna devistate him. DON'T JUMP MAN!!!

# Apr 22, 2011 @ 11:46 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. Severely Disappointed writes:

AAAAAAaaaauuuugggggHHHHHHHH!
I was looking forward to seeing my two favorite bands in Seattle May 6. My dreams have been shattered. Thanks for cr*pping on my parade :(. Well, hopefully some interesting new projects come out of this.

# Apr 22, 2011 @ 1:21 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. Greyback writes:

Without Loomis they should just break up; his scorching riffage will be missed. They could probably find another drummer, but not Loomis.

# Apr 22, 2011 @ 7:25 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. btbamfav20 writes:

RIP Nevermore... I'm sad to have never seen your true act in person... Your music will forever be labeled as some of the best metal in my playlist.

NP: Ravaged By Fire - Aurora Borealis

# Apr 23, 2011 @ 12:53 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. CorpusUpir writes:

Dude sh**iest news of the day. No Jeff = no Nevermore. Warrel's solo stuff is the only way he should go. I wish Jeff and Van the best and hope they create a killer new band . Also hope this is just a temp thing and they make up soon and reform Nevermore ... RIP Nevermore for now

# Apr 23, 2011 @ 1:43 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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26. b.bristowe writes:

I already posted on numerous blogs, but this f***ing blows. So sudden as well.

Warrels got his sh** down with Sanctuary and his solo career.

Without Jeff Nevermore will not exist. Man that guy can f***ing play though. Get you some nice growls, get Van in on some blast beats and you can call it a day. I know Jeff can churn out riffs like no other so if this isn't already in the works, hit up Broderick bro.

Obsidian conspiracy was weak, so I suppose this was due.

# Apr 23, 2011 @ 5:20 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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27. OpEth_is_God writes:

There most recent album was a big letdown, it was kinda a sign that they were on the decline. Loomis has been rumored to be joining 7 Horns 7 Eyes, and I don't know about Van though. Hope they continue to make music though, preferably together, both great musicians!

# Apr 23, 2011 @ 6:32 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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28. TheIronMan writes:

Jeff Loomis is Nevermore, so they're done.

Oh well.

# Apr 23, 2011 @ 8:40 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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29. Hammerheart writes:

Whoa. That hurts me. Not even joking. I f***ing love these guys, and Jeff has been a huge inspiration for me. IF they decide to continue without Jeff, it just won't be the same. This f***ing blows.

# Apr 24, 2011 @ 3:10 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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30. 11.56. writes:

Jeff Loomis is a pure f***IN genius and Williams is a monster from hell on drums. But they never sounded right with that singer. It sounded badass until that dude started singing. I wish Jeff and Van the best of luck.

# Apr 24, 2011 @ 2:46 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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31. jackson bauer writes:

Well, this stinks. There is no way they will sound the same. I guess they could get Rusty Cooley on guitars and Mike Portnoy on drums to replace them.

# Apr 24, 2011 @ 10:29 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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