After being a part of the band for about 7 years now, Arizona based metalcore/post-hardcore outfit The Word Alive have now confirmed that they have amicably decided to part ways with their bassist, Daniel Shapiro. The band confirmed the news online via a post on their official Facebook page.
Shapiro joined the band in 2011 after they released their debut album ‘Deceiver’, and first featured on their sophomore effort, ‘Life Cycles’.
According to their statement, Shapiro has stepped down from the group to start focusing on “a new musical adventure”, whilst the band will soon be moving on to record the follow-up to their 2016 album, ‘Dark Matter’.
You can read the full statement by the band and a separate one by Shapiro discussing his departure from The Word Alive below.
“Dear TWA family,
The Dark Matter cycle has been the greatest ride of our lives. Because of your support, we’ve reached so many goals we never thought would be possible 9 years into our career. We’ve sold thousands of albums, streamed millions more, and toured all over the world. All because of you.
As we move into this next chapter of our career, creatively we have come to a decision to continue The Word Alive with Tony, Telle, and Zack. Moving into the creation of our newest album, Daniel and us mutually agreed that this would be the best decision for the band. Daniel is an extremely talented musician that we have called our brother for the last 7 years. We continue to do so and wish him the best in his future endeavors. The Word Alive has always been a family, past, present, and future members will always support each other.
We’re extremely excited for the new chapter that is yet to come and look forward to sharing all of our plans for the rest of the year. As always, we appreciate your support on and off tour. We will be all over the world soon enough to continue this journey together.
Telle, Tony, and Zack
– A message from Daniel
Over the last 7 years, I was fortunate enough to tour the world with some of my best friends in The Word Alive. As of today, I will be heading off on a new musical adventure and I am excited to share with you where the road will take me.
The guys and I will continue to support each other. I’m grateful for the time I had with this family and will always consider myself a part of this band.
Thank you all for the love and support from all the fans, friends, family and crew!
More news surrounding The Word Alive‘s fifth full-length studio album and Shapiro‘s forthcoming project will be confirmed as it develops.