Not a band to be entering new territory when it comes to line-up changes, it seems there’s been a pretty massive and drastic shift with Californian extreme metal outfit The Faceless, who reportedly seems to now consist of just one member – lead guitarist and bassist, Michael Keene.
After initially joining the band as a fill-in member, Ken Sorceron officially joined The Faceless as a full-time member and vocalist back at the beginning of 2017 having come from Phoenix, Arizona based black metal outfit, Abigail Williams.
According to reports online, Sorceron was the first now ex-member of the band to publicly confirm his departure, and you can read his statement below.
“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 [sic] 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.”
Sorceron featured on one record with the band in the form of last year’s full-length offering, ‘In Becoming A Ghost’.
Soon after, it was also confirmed that guitarist Justin McKinney had decided to step away from The Faceless, and his statement is detailed below.
“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 EJ 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.”
Much like Sorceron, he only featured on one record with the band in the form of last year’s full-length offering, ‘In Becoming A Ghost’.
Finally, drummer Bryce Butler confirmed his departure in a bit more of a subtle way, instead choosing not to issue an official statement, but making a little change to his Facebook employment status.
Despite Keene being currently the only active member of The Faceless at the time of writing, it has been noted that the band intend to continue on with all currently scheduled and confirmed touring commitments, which includes performing the entirety of their 2008 sophomore album ‘Planetary Duality’ on the Bay Area Deathfest on June 10th 2018.
Keene himself has issued a statement of his own following the departure of the other three members, which can be read in full below.
“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 details surrounding the future of The Faceless will be confirmed as it develops.