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Ex-The Faceless Guitarist Justin McKinney Calls Out Michael Keene For Alleged Heroin Addiction (Updated)


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Update March 22nd, 2018 – 01:28pm:

Among the allegations leveled at Keene by McKinney was that he was “stealing money from fans.” One such fan has spoken out about just that, claiming that he paid Keene $650 to mix/master his band’s album as well as provide three Skype guitar lessons. However, after one Skype call, Keene allegedly cut off all communication. MetalSucks have more word on that as well as confirmation that The Faceless‘ manager E.J. Shannon has been offering refunds to those who got ripped off by Keene.

Original Story:

The aftermath of the The Facelessrecent lineup exodus emerged on social media recently with the band’s founder Michael Keene stating via Instagram:

“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 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 ing 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.”

The band’s former guitarist Justin McKinney (also of The Zenith Passage,) who just recently departed the band as mentioned above, responded in turn in a since deleted post:

“Here you go again shifting blame away from yourself And towards the last 18 people who have quit the band. stealing money from the band stealing money from fans. Telling fans the reason why you can’t play your guitar is because of me being ‘nervous’ not because of your heroin addiction and the fact that you never practice.

Back tracking your solo in spiraling, getting the bands equipment sold from your storage unit from non payment and using the money EJ sent you to pay for the unit was used to by heroin. Getting so high that you can’t even make flights on time. Ya we sure betrayed you dude. Get your fucking life together and take responsibility for your shitty actions.”

Keene himself recently opened up about his struggles with drug addiction earlier this year.

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.

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Justin McKinney's Response To Michael Keene

[via MetalSucks]

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