Mckenzie Bell (Ex-He Is Legend/Bloodjinn) Passes Away

Mckenzie Bell (ex-He Is Legend/Bloodjinn) has sadly passed away. He was only 35.

Bloodjnn commented:

“We are extremely saddened today to find out that our great friend and former guitarist, Mckenzie Bell, has passed away. He was always a blast to hang out with and one incredible riff writer. He was the king of all of the hot sauces. Seriously, his collection was insane. He was largely involved in our ‘This Machine Runs On Empty’ recording process, along with @machinejk76. He even had a great singing voice and will forever be heard on “Moment Of Clarity”. Rest in power brother. You were loved dearly by everyone.”

He Is Legend have since commented as well:

“Learning of McKenzie Bell’s passing has left us all with heavy hearts. He truly was a one of a kind person. We spent many years cutting our teeth playing together in different bands at local spots here in Wilmington, in the practice room, in a tour van across the entire country. We know that he touched many people’s lives in the 35 years he was with us on this planet, and everyone’s memories of him will live on forever. Our hearts go out to his friends and family, especially his loving mother. He had a very long, hard road to go down after his accident. We’re hoping you finally have some peace, McKenzie. Pour it out, boys.”

Bell’s cause of death has yet to be revealed, but he had been dealing with complications related to a serious accident that he was involved in several years ago. The musician was previously documenting his recovery progress on Instagram.

He Is Legend Premiere “White Bat” Music Video

He Is Legend have premiered a new video for the title track of their latest album “White Bat.” You can check that out below. Schuylar Croom told Revolver the following:

“This was an intense shoot that went well into the night. Myles and I carved out what we could as our budget was tight and we wanted to show a juxtaposition from the ‘Boogiewoman‘ video. ‘White Bat‘ is stark and flows like a flash flood. This is a peek through the key hole at Legend totally unhinged.”

He Is Legend Announce October Shows With Them Evils

He Is Legend have announced three headlining shows with Them Evils. Here’s the dates:

10/13 Memphis, TN – Growlers
10/14 Oklahoma City, OK – 89th Street
10/16 El Paso, TX – Lowbrow Palace

As previously reported, He Is Legend will also serve as one of the supporting acts on Atreyu’s 20th anniversary tour.

He Is Legend Premiere “Boogiewoman” Music Video

He Is Legend have premiered a new video for their song “Boogiewoman.” This track is from the band’s new album “White Bat,” which will be released on June 28.

Schuylar Croom commented:

“Myles Erfurth and I have been trying to team up for a while now. It was a pleasure making this as we are both horror fanatics. We knew we had something special when one of our actors walked off set because the vibe was a little too dark for her.

I think this the best way to showcase the horror aspect Legend has always brought to the table. We had the pleasure of having our friend Britney Fontaine do the horror gags for us as well, which was super exciting. This will not be the last thing we team up to shoot, that’s for sure!”

[via Dread Central]

He Is Legend’s Personal Belongings Stolen Following Hollywood, CA Show

Thieves broke into He Is Legend’s van following their May 26 show in Hollywood, CA. According to the band, the theft occurred at 1 a.m. and a number of bags and personal belongings were stolen.

The group said the following:

“To make a long story short, last night we had one of our biggest and most memorable headlining shows in Hollywood to date. The good times came to an end around 1am, when someone punched out our window and stole the bags and all personal belongings of 4 of our people. This is obviously a very disheartening way to end a tour for some of our crew. ‬

‪All we ask is that you come party extra hard with us in Austin and Houston, and help end this on a good note! Grabbing a ticket and picking up a shirt at the table is always the best and most direct way to support us, especially in moments like these.‬

‪Last night was still fucking legendary, and we love and thank you for all these years of support. No worthless piece of shit thief can ever steal that from us.‬

5/29: Austin, TX – Come and Take it Live
5/30: Houston, TX – Acadia Live”

Frontman Schuylar Croom also tweeted about the situation:

As previously reported, He Is Legend’s new album “White Bat” will be released on June 28.

He Is Legend Stream New Song “Boogiewoman”, Reveal Details For New Album “White Bat”

He Is Legend are streaming a new song titled “Boogiewoman.” This track is from the band’s new album “White Bat,” which will be released on June 28.

Schuylar Croom had the following to say about the album:

“‘White Bat’ is the purest, most passionate, and the most united He Is Legend has been since we wrote ‘It Hates You’. I think this album has something for every fan of each chapter in our history.”

The effort is inspired by Michelle McNamara’s true crime book “I’ll Be Gone In The Dark” and Croom decided to go out to the shadiest and most shadowy corners of Los Angeles to get into the right mindset for the concept. The places he visited included: the grave of Walt Disney, canvased mausoleums, the Museum of Death, and “crazy seedy little bars.”

Croom went on to say “White Bat” “has a moodiness and heaviness we haven’t ventured into in a while.” He also added:

“It’s conceptual. More than the content and concept, the music is representative of what we are now.”

“White Bat” Track Listing:

01. “White Bat”
02. “Burn All Your Rock Records”
03. “When The Woods Were Young”
04. “Eye Teeth”
05. “Talking Stalker”
06. “Bent”
07. “Resister, Resist Her”
08. “Uncanny Valley”
09. “The Interloper”
10. “Skin So Soft”
11. “Boogiewoman”

He Is Legend Finish New Album “White Bat”

During a recent episode of “Lambgoat Presents: The Vanflip”, He Is Legend‘s Schuylar Croom and Matty Williams confirmed that their new album “White Bat” is officially done. The effort is expected to be released this summer via Spinefarm Records. If you missed it, the title track can be found HERE.

[via Lambgoat]