In an unexpected move, US metallers Nevermore have announced the departure of guitarist Jeff Loomis and drummer Van Williams from the group.
A joint statement was released by the pair, reading:
"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."
This news comes shortly after Nevermore's decision to withdraw from an upcoming North American tour with Symphony X for unspecified reasons.
It seems likely that the same internal conflicts that drove Loomis and Williams to quit the band informed their decision to pull out of the Symphony X tour, but the band is keeping mum on that point.
Nevermore has no current touring plans, and the band's future is uncertain after this announcement.