I always just saw it as a collective, \"we’re done\". D’Arcy was already gone. Jimmy had just returned. Seems like things were being forced during Machina.
I always saw James as the most stable of the band. He did a solo project, then came right back. D’Arcy was kicked out or left (I can’t remember), Jimmy was in and out, and Billy was in the middle of all of it. Granted, he was the leader, so he kinda put himself there, in those shoes.
I just see it as everyone looked around and said we need a break. Forever? Maybe. I mean, they recorded Machina knowing the break up was coming afterwards. So everyone in the band knew it was kinda over at that point. Does that make sense?