Guys, you are reading too much into things... suffice to say: when any band states "we split due to artistic differences" or "We disagree about the direction of the sound" or whatever.. that is usually just a nice way of saying "we are no longer friends". The fact of the matter is that Dan / Manny / Pete / Darrell played together for 25 years - and they did it very successfully. AND they all liked / still like the same music they always liked. Ask them today & you probably find the same answer: Elvis, Beatles, Little Feat, Otis Redding, Chuck Berry.. they have the same influences - so to suggest they do not see eye to eye when it comes to music is just bullls...
Also, keep in mind, as in any company, organisation - including in a band - you will ALWAYS discuss or talk about things and have minor disagreements.. for example, if you do not like the direction that the producer takes an album, sound or whatever: you discuss it, and usually you have a democratic agreement. Say for example, in the Malice album, if Manny would disagree with the production, he would certainly have made the point - but if the majority decision is against that, then the band agree overall to move ahead, and everybody get on with it. I think Manny also stated "democracy is a better way to govern than any other system we know about" - so they move on.
The only thing I am kind of sad about is that we never got to see the band reforming for a last gig / tour so we could give them a proper "send-off" before Dan left. I have always said they should have all been big enough to invite all past members, Manny Charlton, Zal Cleminson, Billy Rankin, Pete Agnew, Dan McCafferty + Jimmy Murrison & Lee Agnew - and do a final tour / gig. Call it "cashing in" or whatever you like, but that would have been cool. Look at the Quo Frantic Four reunion...
Sometimes, it is about saying "you know what, life is short and frail, and we all come from the same place.. lets all hug it up and be friends & lets ROCK it out". But, I am not the one to write history..
Will say though, that I have enjoyed all lineups of Nazareth, and every single album has had some quirks, tracks, lyrics or whatever to always keep my attention. I just love the Nazareth music. Always have, always will.
Rock on brothers. Peace & Love to everyone.