Drummer TOM KLINESMITH has quit cult rockers ROYAL ANGUISH.
Klinesmith leaves Royal Anguish just as the Florida group is preparing to enter a recording studio to tape a new album.
Frontman Matt Knowles says, "While this was not a decision we wanted to make, it had become increasingly clear that this was the decision that was the right thing for all parties involved.
"The band and its affiliates all unanimously agreed. As well, Tom came to the same conclusion on his own time.
"Tom had made some personal decisions back in December of last year (06) that we, as a band, did everything in our power to accommodate, but it became clear that the situation had become a detriment to the forward progress of Royal Anguish, and we were unable to continue in this constrictive format any longer.
"We wish things could have worked out with Tom but it's clear to all parties involved that this is the best thing for everyone."
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