DevilDriver has announced that after performance a few days ago at the 2014 Knotfest that the band will be departing original members John Boecklin (drummer) and Jeff Kendrick (guitarist). Lead man and volcalist Bradley James "Dez" Fafara has stated that the band will be on hiatus while "Dez" rejoins Coal Chamber, but reassures that the band DevilDriver will come back with a new album by 2016.
Dez also had this to say about losing the original members:
Hey everyone. What a blast Knotfest was. No better way to end the Winter Kills cycle. With the end of this cycle comes some other endings. John Boecklin, Jeff Kendrick and DevilDriver have parted ways. Nothing dramatic, no drag down fights, just time to move on. As I have said previously, DevilDriver is on hiatus while I re join Coal Chamber for a new record release and tour. DevilDriver will be back, make no mistake of that, in 2016 with a new record which we are already writing, tours around the world and the massive pits you have all gotten used to. All in DevilDriver wish John and Jeff the best.
Jeff Kendrick follow up with:
I want to thank our fans all over the world for allowing me to live the dream of playing guitar in DevilDriver for the last 12 years. It will be some of the fondest memories I will ever have, and it has been a tremendous honor and a pleasure to play for everyone, everywhere. I want to make it clear that this is my decision, and I have nothing but love for all my brothers in the band. I revere my bandmates with the utmost respect and am happy for the experiences we have all shared. I am moving forward as an executive in my company All Axess and have several other things in the works. Thank you to all the fans, I love you all! This is just the beginning for me!
Do you think this is the end of DevilDriver? The biggest shot is losing their drummer Jon Boecklin, very talent with unique style and beasts, the backbone of DevilDriver's music.