Hard rockers Staind have announced that they will be parting ways with drummer John Wysocki, who has been a member of the band since its formation in 1995.
The exact circumstances of the departure are unclear, with the news being delivered to fans via a simple message on the band’s website reading: "We wish [John] the best, and thank him for all the years he dedicated to Staind. Drummer Will Hunt will join us on our upcoming dates."
, the current drummer for Evanescence
, will take on Wysocki’s duties on a provisional basis until a permanent replacement is found.
Guitarist Mike Mushok tried to explain the split in an interview this past weekend, saying: "Seventeen years being a band together, we went to make the record, and it was tough; things weren't really going the way we wanted [them] to". "We tried to work through it, and I think it just got to the point where we realized that we weren't able to, and it was time to make a change."
Staind is in the process of writing and recording a new studio album after returning from a year-long hiatus. The follow-up to 2008’s "The Illusion Of Progress," the new material has been described by singer Aaron Lewis as "the heaviest thing we have recorded in a long time."