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James Dorton Of The Faceless/Black Crown Initiate

The Faceless Recruit Black Crown initiate’s James Dorton As Their New Vocalist, Michael Keene Opened Up On His Neurological Disorder Ahead Of Being Late For The Band’s Live Return


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The Faceless returned to the stage last night (July 24th) for their first live show in quite some time. That performance had previously been postponed from June and was held at 1720 in Los Angeles, CA.

According to those in attendance, the technical death metal outfit were close to two hours late for their headlining set, with guitarist Michael Keene somewhat incoherently explaining from the stage that his delay was apparently on account of his neurological disorder. You can see some footage of that here.

Hours prior to the show, Keene took to the internet to explain his health condition with the below post on social media:

“Tonight is the night guys! Our first show in 2.5 years and 3 years in LA! This is Michael speaking and some of you may have heard about my hand issue. I have a neurological disorder and about a year and a half ago my left leg went completely paralyzed for about 12 days and a couple months ago I had my next flare up and my right hand went paralyzed!! Needless to say this was terrifying and I immediately went to the neurologist, but it’s been one long and difficult recovery and I relearned holding a pick and redeveloped my coordination JUST to play this show for you guys. So I hope to see you here and that you help me feel like the hard work was worth it!”

Black Crown Initiate vocalist James Dorton was also announced as the band’s new vocalist for the set, with Keene stating on social media:

“We are thrilled to announce the one and only, James Dorton as our new permanent frontman! You may know him from his previous band, Black Crown Initiate. I think I speak for all of us when I say that James is a monster and master of what he does and we are thrilled to have him in the band.”

Some footage from that set has since gone up online here. Keene had previously missed a show in 2018 due to “muscle spasms” and has had a long and complicated history with live shows and the band, thanks in part to his struggles with drug addiction.

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