Fans were shocked when guitarist Jeff Loomis and drummer Van Williams announced their departure from Nevermore back in April. Since then, the remaining members of the Seattle prog metal group (singer Warrel Dane and bassist Jim Sheppard) have kept quiet. Those worried that Nevermore may become no more, though, should be relieved by Dane’s recent postings via Twitter.
This past weekend, Dane tweeted a series of updates regarding the new album from the newly reunited Sanctuary (Dane and Sheppard’s band before Nevermore). In one of the tweets, Dane said the following:
“Nevermore is not dead! Sanctuary is just the focus now and oh holy shit when you hear you will know why”
So there you have it: Nevermore are not (officially) dead despite Loomis and Williams’ absence. The multiple tweets also confirm that Sanctuary are coming back in full force after playing a handful of reunion shows last year. However, one has to ask whether Sanctuary’s current plans include the former Nevermore guitarist. Another major revelation: Warrel Dane doesn’t like punctuation very much.
While Loomis only was a member of Sanctuary for a few months prior to the band breaking up in 1991, he did play with Sanctuary during their recent shows (including at this past year’s 70,000 Tons Of Metal Cruise). Dane did admit prior to the performances, though, that Loomis was most likely not going to be featured on the band’s new album. Whether Loomis is no longer apart of Sanctuary as well is likely, but is also unclear.
What is clear, though, is that Sanctuary will be making a “major” announcement in the next few days, according to Dane. We’ll keep you posted when more develops. Video of Sanctuary performing “Die For My Sins” in Seattle back in January can be seen after the jump.