The Faceless Implode Yet Again
Michael Keene is the sole member of The Faceless once again it seems. Justin McKinney, Bryce Butler and Ken Sorceron have all announced their departures from the band. Their statements can be found below. It is unknown at this moment whether or not Keene will continue.
Justin McKinney - "After dealing with The Faceless for roughly 4 years now, I have decided that I need to remove myself from the band, it is not easy doing this, but being treated the way we have over the years it’s just something I can’t take anymore. I am not going publicly into detail, but if you have access to the internet it should be apparent whats going on here. It’s been super fun and incredible touring and playing alongside Ken Sorceron, Bryce Butler and Chason West. We all had high hopes in repairing the band, worked hard and dealt with things we shouldn't have and E.J. Shannon Management really busted his ass to do so as well, I love all those guys and I wish them nothing but the best. But I need to push forward and focus on the reason why I even do this, and that is The Zenith Passage. I’ll see you all soon."
Bryce Butler - "This is not easy for me to do... But it is for the best. After a lot of thought, I've decided that I will be leaving The Faceless. I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity that I was given, but the band is not what it appeared to be. I am not going publicly into detail, about exactly why.. But there are many things that I'm not comfortable with. I don't feel right moving forward. There are unnecessary levels of stress, and i have to do what's best for my health. Thanks to the Internet, a lot of you already have a good idea of what's going on. It was an incredible honor playing with Ken Sorceron and Justin McKinney and I will miss them dearly. We all had hope in repairing the band, and EJ Shannon really has done so much to try to make that happen. But I can't and won't put myself in a position that doesn't sit right with my soul. I wish these guys nothing but the best. I will absolutely still be touring and I'm excited to announce that I will be playing live drums for Abigail Williams. Thank you so much to everyone who has supported me through all of this. I am eternally grateful and I will see you all soon."
Ken Sorceron - "For reasons that are easy for anyone with internet access to guess I would like to announce that I am leaving The Faceless. While I will miss playing with my boys Justin McKinney and Bryce Butler and some good times have been had over the last two years, the bad times have definitely overshadowed the good. "I have no ill will towards the band or their manager EJ Shannon who really did his best to help the band recover over the last couple years and wish everyone the best. But without going into any details publicly I think it's no secret that there are some deep seeded problems and I know longer want the stress and anxiety that comes along with being in the band. I'll be putting my full focus back into Abigail Williams and The Accuser as I am finishing up new records for both bands over the next couple months."
Michael Keene went on to post this on the official Facebook page for The Faceless:
"I would like to publicly address the situation that The Faceless is currently in. I will keep this short and sweet: My manager and I have been talking to new members for all of the positions that have been left empty today. We are currently confirming a lineup with some of the best, most creative and technically proficient musicians of the extreme metal genre. We will not be canceling any shows."
More recently, Michael Keene posted this message on his personal Instagram account:
"Let me begin by saying, naturally there are two sides to every story and if you knew the events that transpired and the betrayal and disrespect I've received in the past few months, your jaw would hit the floor. It's a miracle I'm still standing. Next just let me tell you that this is honestly a fantastic thing for The Faceless. Not only the morale, but the music and show. This year's touring cycle is going to be a pleasure and it is going to be a Faceless show like you've NEVER seen before. I cannot wait for everyone to see it. Also the confirmed players I'm working with are absolute ANIMALS and I'm honored to have them working with me. We are going to have a blast. Many exciting announcements in the coming weeks."
So should Keene just call it a day? There's obviously something wrong if he's gone through a whopping 21 band members (see here) since the group first formed back in 2004. I guess we will see what happens next.