NEVERMORE guitar player Jeff Loomis and drummer Van Williams have announced their departure from the group. The two have released 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.”
Loomis and Williams had been with NEVERMORE since the band’s self-titled first album, which came out in 1995.
Regarding Dagna’s addition to NEVERMORE’s touring lineup, Loomis said, “She’s really amazing. She’s picked up the songs very, very fast. And yeah, I think that was part of it — that she was also playing in Warrel’s band, that she decided she would help us out. And we’re very fortunate to have her, because she is a friend of ours from Seattle and a great bass player.”
On the topic of NEVERMORE’s current second guitarist, Hungarian musician Attila Voros, Loomis said, “I think Attila is more of a permanent member of the band now, really, because he’s just a perfect fit for the band; he plays all the songs very, very well, so we’re very fortunate to have him as well.”
He added, “When we lost Chris Broderick to MEGADETH, Attila had found out the news about that, so he started sending videos — these YouTube videos — to us that really showcased his overall playability of the instrument. And I mean, he knew every little nuance of all the NEVERMORE songs, so obviously he spent a lot of time going over all of the stuff. So we’re very fortunate to have him, and I think the band has never sounded better; it’s really sounding very powerful right now.”
Jeff Loomis and Van Williams were interviewed by the “Metal Eye” show on Z1 TV when NEVERMORE performed in Ljubljana, Slovenia on March 10, 2011 as part of the “Power Of Metal” European tour with SYMPHONY X, PSYCHOTIC WALTZ, MERCENARY and THAUROROD. You can now watch the chat below.