...and the story behind it is: I started playing the guitar around 6 years ago (self-taught). After a year a friend and I founded a band. We wanted to play some heavy and brutal stuff. He played drums, I "played" the guitar. Needless to say that we were pretty shitty back then. I was only able to play simple power chords and slow single note stuff. Eventually a vocalist, another guitarist and a bassist joined us so we started playing a couple of occasional gigs. As the time went by my playing became constantly better, the vocalist became better and we got holf of a pretty talented guitarist. In parrallel I started teaching myself proper songwriting and music production and ended up with a nice little home studio. We recorded an album, which we distributed ourselfes at first but then were offered a deal by a small local record company and we were hold out the prospect of a deal for future albums. And here's the hook: From the very beginning noticed that the drummer wasn't up to the task even though he played the drums for several years already when we started out. At first I didn't know that his problems were that much of an issue especially because I wasn't a good guitarist either. He had problems keeping the tempo, he couldn't play double kicks (everything faster then quarter notes ended up in random feet twitching), he couldn't play any fills faster than quarter notes, he couldn't play to a click track and he hit the shells so soft that it never sounded heavy metal. I bet you could imagine that this was quite embarassing sometimes when we were at a gig. For the album I had to program all the drums. From time to time I send him some youtube lessons with "cool stuff he could try out some time" in order to tell him diplomatic roundabout way to practice his instument already. But he never practiced. Everyone in the band except for the drummer either invested a lot of time practicing or was goot at their instument in the first place. And with every year passing it became more and more apparent that he was by far the weakest link in the chain and that he was keeping us from playing the music we wanted to play. And here we are. I am currently writing songs and I always have to keep them simple and always have to consider his limitations. We still play gigs where we still have our occasional embarassig moments. We recently told him pretty direct, that he really has to improve now because he is holding us back big time. At first it seemed that he finally got his act together and started to practice. But after a couple of weeks he admitted that he stopped and he couldn't find the motivation to practice. And that was it for us. We exchanged some words and now it's almost inevitably that he's gonna kicked out. Plus I am pretty sure that he doesn't want to be with us anymore after the dispute. It wouldn't be so hard for me if he wasn't a founding member of the band and if he wasn't a friend of mind. He seems a bit hurt too. So...I am looking forward to playing with a new drummer in the future but on the other hand I hate kicking him out. I feels a bit like breaking up the relationship with your girlfriend. I hope you can feel with me. Just wanted to load this off my chest I guess.