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The Faceless’ Michael Keene Speaks Of His Struggles With Drug Addiction And New Solo Album


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In a new interview with TheMetalTris, The Faceless mastermind Michael Keene came clean on his struggles with drug addiction, which were not exactly the best kept secret in the industry following a lengthy period of cancelled tours and lineup volatility.

Speaking of the lyrics on the band’s latest release, “In Becoming A Ghost“, he offered:

“I obviously was in a pretty dark place when I was writing lyrics… I am a recovering drug addict, and a lot of [the lyrics are] about drugs. I had a few rough years… [writing the lyrics] was a very cathartic process, I think. I needed to get it out.

I think I needed to verbalize what was going on in my head and all the mess in my head, and actually verbalizing it made it real to me, and I realized, ‘Okay, I can lock this away here and move forward.'”

In the same interview he once again spoke of his planned “Slaves And Masters” solo album, which you may recall was originally planned to be out in 2014. He said of that:

“Another project I’ve been working on, which I haven’t talked about just because it hasn’t been ready… I’m trying to decide if I want to release it as an EP — I have five songs ready right now — or if I want to just continue writing more songs and make it a full-length album… but it’s just like a solo project i’m doing, and it’s called Slaves And Masters.”

[via MetalSucks]

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