Earlier in the week, now ex-The Faceless vocalist, Ken Sorceron, announced his departure from the tech death band. An act repeated by every member whose name isn’t Michael Keene shortly afterwards. Now members quitting The Faceless isn’t really news at this point, but the Facebook back-and-forth between Keene and ex-The Faceless and The Zenith Passage Guitarist, Justin McKinney, certainly is.
Shortly after the mass exodus, Keene made the following statement on Instagram, calling out the apparent betrayal that had occurred.
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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Now Justin McKinney was having none of this. Replying on the Instagram post, McKinney claims that Keene’s ongoing problems with heroin are really to blame for the scheduling problems and sloppy performances on their recent tour.
At this point, Keene doesn’t have much of a reputation to be dragged through the mud, but it’s still a shame to see a band with releases ranked among the classics of the genre fail so spectacularly to keep it together. The band has announced that new members are already being recruited, promising that they won’t miss any their upcoming tour dates… we’ll believe that when we see it.
But for real, we really hope Michael Keene can get himself off the smack and get himself together. Here’s to a drugless, drama-free future for The Faceless.