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."
Hunt, 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."