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Three Members Quit The Faceless (Updated)


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Update #1 – March 19th, 2018 – 09:31pm:

Michael Keene has now issued a statement regarding his plans to rebuild the band’s lineup, you can find it here.

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Update – March 19th, 2018 – 04:37pm:

The Faceless‘ lineup volatility continues as the band are now back down to one member, mastermind Michael Keene. Vocalist Ken Sorceron was the first to announce his departure from the group, you can read his statement below. Now guitarist Justin McKinney and drummer Bryce Butler have followed him out the door, issuing the below statements:

Justin McKinney‘s statement:

“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‘s statement:

“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 💙💙💙”

Original Story:

Vocalist Ken Sorceron has announced his departure from The Faceless, putting to an end a relative period of stability in the band’s generally volatile lineup. Sorceron (also of Abigail Williams & The Accuser) originally joined the band in 2016 and just issued the below statement on his exit:

“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.”

You shouldn’t have to read too far between the lines to see what his statement was getting at. The Faceless have been rocked by lineup turmoil throughout their career and cancelled numerous tours as well. Most recently the band’s mastermind, guitarist/vocalist Michael Keene opened up on his struggles with drug addiction. Despite the departure, the band’s management have confirmed to MetalSucks that all future shows will go on as planned.

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