Des Kensel, drummer of the Oakland metal group High on Fire, announced his resignation from the band today (July 25) on Instagram. A founding member of High on Fire, Kensel played with the group for over two decades.
“After eight albums, countless tours, and a Grammy win, I am very thankful for what we have been able to accomplish as a band,” Kensel wrote on Instagram. He continued: “After much consideration, it is time for me to announce that I will no longer be performing with High On Fire. I will now be focusing on new opportunities and spending time with my family.” Find Kensel’s full statement below.
It has been a tumultuous time for High on Fire lately: In the past year, the band had to alter tour plans multiple times following guitarist Matt Pike’s ongoing medical issues. The band just announced a co-headlining tour with Power Trip earlier this week.
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