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HIGH ON FIRE Parts Ways With Founding Drummer Des Kensel

Kensel was there in 1998.

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High On Fire formed in 1998 and released their debut demo in 1999 with the lineup of guitarist and vocalist Matt Pike, bassist George Rice, and drummer Des Kensel. Rice left the band in 2004 and now Kensel has departed in 2019. Kensel stated in an Instagram post that he "will now be focusing on new opportunities and spending time with my family", and thanks the band's fans for the last 21 years of his career.

"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."

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