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Drummer Des Kensel Announces His Departure From High On Fire


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High On Fire drummer Des Kensel has confirmed he has left the band following a 21-year run. Kensel confirmed the news himself via his social media, posting:

“As a founding member of High on Fire, I feel blessed to have spent the last 21 years traveling around the world pursuing my childhood dream to write and play music. After eight albums, countless tours, and a Grammy win, I am very thankful for what we have been able to accomplish as a band.

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Being a full time professional musician can have its challenges. One gets through those challenges with patience, hard work and perseverance. 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.

I would like to sincerely thank all of our fans for your support throughout the years. Without you, none of this would have been possible.

Lastly, I would like to wish my band-mates the best of luck in the future.”

Rumors of Kensel‘s status in the band began to swirl this past May when the band played some shows with Gaytheist drummer Nick Parks in his place. While High On Fire have yet to confirm a replacement, the band did share Kensel‘s statement on their own social media accounts. Earlier this week High On Fire announced this fall headlining tour with Power Trip, Devil Master and Creeping Death.

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As a founding member of High On Fire, I feel blessed to have spent the last 21 years traveling around the world pursuing my childhood dream to write and play music. After eight albums, countless tours, and a Grammy win, I am very thankful for what we have been able to accomplish as a band. Being a full time professional musician can have its challenges. One gets through those challenges with patience, hard work and perseverance. 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. I would like to sincerely thank all of our fans for your support throughout the years. Without you, none of this would have been possible. Lastly, I would like to wish my band-mates the best of luck in the future. Des Kensel. #highonfire #deskensel #highonfireband

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