Following The Faceless‘ recent lineup exodus, Michael Keene took to Instagram to call out the band’s former members for “betrayal and disrespect.” Ex-guitarist Justin McKinney (The Zenith Passage) then fired back, in a since deleted comment, saying Keene’s alleged heroin addiction was the main issue.
Here’s Keene’s statement:
“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.”
Here’s McKinney’s statement:
“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.”
It is worth noting that Keene opened up about his struggles with drugs earlier this year.
Let me begin by saying, naturally there are two sides to every story. Let me next reiterate that my health and commitment to living clean is my first priority from the moment I wake up, to the time I go to bed and this has brought me a happiness, a sense of peace and a focus that I hadn't felt in too long. This is honestly a great thing for The Faceless. Not only the morale, but the music and show. Music requires chemistry and a mutual respect. 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.