Chason Westmoreland Discusses His Exit From The Faceless, Band Responds To His Comments

The Faceless previously missed the first date of The Summer Slaughter Tour, and claimed they were forced to do so, after drummer Chason Westmoreland ditched them two days before the trek. Westmoreland has since taken to the Internet to offer his side of the story.

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Westmoreland:

““Okay so not that I care about the Internet… but here it is. I didn’t bail on my band. July 8th is when I told my dudes. My efforts to reach out to drummers show July 13th. It’s impossible to get Michael anywhere on time…. when I’m at his house and he’s packing a bag for tour it takes two hours. Gas station stops on tour are an hour to an hour and a half. (Michael doesn’t drive) Soundchecks even manage to be a spectacle of their own at an astonishing three to four hours. ( How long does it take your band to soundcheck?)

E.J. Shannon is the best manager I have ever worked with, he makes very specific schedules that allow for mishaps and extra time losses and even he can’t get michael to a show on time, like when we were waiting to play Seattle for an hour… anyone remember that ??? That was Michael not showing up to the venue that night until after we had his stuff set up on stage at 9 pm.

I watched an entire room of amazing fans wait well over an hour to watch us … that wasn’t my fault. I didn’t think we were going on Slaughter because Michael also refused to turn in the album on time and it was a contingency for the tour. So is it really my fault an entire band can’t make their first show? Fact, they’ve had almost exactly three weeks, so there ya go.”

The band then fired back:

“You told EJ three days before the tour you were back in and then the next day said you were out and also had a bunch of choice words to say about all of us.

You also said you would only do the tour if we loaded your drums for you and you didn’t have to speak to any of us.

Wow, that’s some way to treat a bunch of dudes that have been your friend. If you’re going to comment on here like this, expect the same from us.“

[via The PRP]

The Faceless, Their Mangager, & Soundworks Touring Comment On Cancelled Australian/New Zealand Tour

Te Faceless ended up cancelling their planned Australian/New Zealand appearances, and it resulted in some drama stemming from statements made by Soundworks Touring and the band’s manager EJ Shannon, who said he won’t work with the group anymore, unless they get it together. You can read what everyone had to say below.

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Soundworks:

“Due to complete incompetency by the band and their management, and with a total lack of respect for Soundworks Touring, and more importantly their fans, THE FACELESS have this morning officially cancelled their entire Australian and New Zealand tour. Over the past week we have been continuously lied to, misled and left in the dark as to the whereabouts of the band since their first scheduled appearance on May 9th.

We at Soundworks Touring have done everything in our power to bring the band here for these shows, but THE FACELESS have been completely unprofessional in their behaviour and this cancellation is 100% solely their doing.

To any disgruntled fans who wish to voice their opinion on this matter, we at Soundworks Touring are more than willing to put you in direct contact with the band and their management so they can address your questions. In the meantime feel free to express yourself on the bands official facebook page.

We apologise to fans for the cancellation and wholeheartedly share your disappointment, but as mentioned previously, this has been 100% out of our control. The rest of the tour package will continue as is and we hope you still enjoy the amazing show THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, PUTRID PILE, WHORETOPSY and UNRAVEL are displaying.

Yours in all sincerity, Brad and Dysie, Soundworks Touring.”

EJ Shannon:

“Hey everyone, The Faceless’ manager here. I would like to publicly address the situation with The Faceless and this post.

The Faceless has missed four flights that I have booked to get them to Indonesia/Australia/NZ. I have given them every opportunity to make it overseas and play the shows that they should be playing right now. I have been on the phone with the band for 8+ hours every day for the past week, telling them that they NEED to get on their flights and play these shows, and trying to figure everything out and make their AUS tour happen. Without going into too much detail, the band just simply was not prepared for these shows.

When Soundworks says that they have been ‘lied to’ they are referring to me calling them and saying ‘The Faceless is going to make it on their flight tonight. This time it will actually happen’ four different times. Unfortunately, every time that I have told them that, the band has missed their flight.

The members of The Faceless have not personally been in contact with Soundworks at all. I have been the messenger between Soundworks and the band. This is why Soundworks is calling me out on this post when they should actually only be calling out the band. I too have done everything in my power to bring the band to Australia for their shows.

Two days ago after The Faceless missed their fourth flight, I called the band and told them that I will not be managing them anymore. The Faceless has hurt a lot of people by missing these shows. They have hurt the fans, Soundworks, me, and everybody else involved in organizing the shows that have been booked for this month. They have also unfairly hurt my reputation as a manager.

So until The Faceless gets it together, I will not be managing them. I am really hoping that the band can get things worked out so that they are prepared to tour again in the near future, at which point I will gladly start managing them again. I have done everything that I can for this band, and I would love to see them succeed.

The members of The Faceless are great people, and they have become some of my best friends. I love them, and want to help them. Unfortunately, they just don’t have it together right now.

I will gladly answer any questions here, or you can email me ejshannon4@gmail.com”

The Faceless:

“Since Soundworks has decided to throw not only The Faceless, but our manager under the bus, let’s talk a bit about what really happened and why we’re not in Australia right now. Just days before we were to leave to our first date in Jakarta, Indonesia, I found out that all of our equipment had been stolen. This alone was a blow devastating enough to have to cancel, but we spent all the money we had on buying new equipment and putting our live rig back together so we could play these shows.

Everyone got into town with 2 days to rehearse because that’s when all the gear we needed had arrived and I could start assembling it. As soon as we set up, we realized that there were MASSIVE issues with the system and unfortunately because of the nature of our music, we can’t exactly just “wing it” on any old gear and make it work.

We have saxophone solos and orchestral arrangements for Christ’s sake. Not to mention over 15 different guitar tones used in the set and we are currently touring without a bass player while he finishes his last semester of music school. We’re not a band that can hop on some Marshalls and make it work. It’s a lot more dynamic and involved than that.

At this point, we knew we were going to miss Jakarta, but I went to 3 specialists to get our system repaired and our rig running. Everything seemed to be fixed, so we boarded a flight to Perth and we were on our way to the first date in Australia after an unfortunate hiccup, but on our way nonetheless. After boarding the plane, we sat on the tarmac for over 5 hours before being told our flight was canceled due to a mechanical error and we’d be put on a flight the following night. At this point, Soundworks is now furious over something that we had literally absolutely no control over.

The next day, we get to the airport and try to explain to them that we no longer needed to be in Perth and rather needed to be in Adelaide since we’d now missed the Perth show, so they tried to work with us, but the only connecting flight they had for us, put us into Adelaide so late that we would have missed the Adelaide show as well. So again, we are screwed and out of options. At this point, our manager E.J. Shannon, who was FAR from “incompetent” or “unprofessional” in any of this called Brad Wesson of Soundworks to explain the situation.

We were all ready to purchase new tickets, spend even more money and get to the following show, which at that point was putting us in a situation where we were losing money, but absolutely willing to do it to save face with our fans and not disappoint them. This is where the REAL unprofessionalism begins. Brad Wesson of soundworks starts taking personal low blows at our manager, our band and me personally. Someone I’ve toured for 5 times and I thought was a friend.

For instance, when our manager, EJ, explained to him that he would be buying us new tickets, EJ mentioned that this had tapped out the band financially and that the band, yes a bunch of full grown men, would have to ask to borrow the money from our parents, to which Brad mockingly replied something to the effect of “oh the big boys have to get a loan from mommy?” And that is not even CLOSE to the worst things he said or the lowest attacks he took. Again, someone I thought was my friend. At one point he also called our manager and yelled at him and then called him a cunt and hung up the phone.

Brad from soundworks also accused us of lying to him and claimed that we were missing flights out of irresponsibility rather than the sequence of events I’ve outlined here, like flight cancellations (which I’d be more than happy to obtain proof from Qantas airlines that the events occurred the way I am saying they did), lost gear and technical problems in our system.

At this point, after hearing the things he said, the personal attacks and accusations he was making and the way he was treating us and EJ, I was having a hard time even getting the rest of the band members to agree to do shows for a person who would utterly disrespect us and our manager to such a degree. However, we were ready and willing to buy new tickets and make it to the next show, but SOUNDWORKS closed the door on that opportunity and essentially kicked us off the tour.

Let me just reiterate that we would be in Australia right now playing shows for you if it weren’t for Brad Wesson‘s unprofessionalism and ultimately not only removing us from the remaining shows for things completely beyond our control, but also sabotaging our New Zealand dates which he had some hand in setting up, but is not the promoter of.

I am still trying to contact the New Zealand promoter directly because we’d like to fulfill our agreement to perform on our New Zealand dates. Last night I had also gone as far as to try to find a bar that would have us for a free afterparty show in Melbourne after the TBDM show just to prove to our fans that we were not only ready and willing to fulfill the remaining dates, but that we will go as far as to buy 4 more tickets to Australia and play for free for you if Soundworks wants to be this childish and disrespect us like this.

Furthermore, we’d like to apologize to our fans in the cities in which either the technical difficulties and theft or airline issues made us miss shows that we frantically did everything in our power to try to make happen for you. We’d also like to apologize to our long time friends in The Black Dahlia Murder. Believe me when I say that we wish we could be there for you.

I would feel inclined to apologize to Soundworks for the extenuating circumstances which prohibited us from making the first few shows, but after the way they’ve treated us, I can’t say I feel inclined. As for the remaining shows, you can thank Soundworks for us not being there at this point and as I’ve already stated I’m still trying to work around them and get The Faceless in whatever remaining cities are possible. We’ll see what can be worked out.

And to our fans in Spain, we will see you very soon and look forward to playing, just as we looked forward to playing Australia.
–Michael Keene“

The Faceless Nearly Done With New Album, Plan To Release 10th Anniversary Edition Of “Planetary Duality”

The Faceless’ Michael Keene was recently interviewed by Metal Wani and and revealed that the band’s new album “In Becoming A Ghost“ is nearly complete, and that it will most likely arrive in August release date. You can listen to him discuss that, the 10th anniversary edition of “Planetary Duality,“ and more in the below video:

Keene said the following [transcribed by THE PRP]:

“The current status is this: all tracking is done. Mixing is done. Basically I’m in the mastering stage. I kind of mix and master at the same time, so it’s kind of final touches of the mix and just getting the mastering tweaked just right on the record. Which is literally like, we’re talking a couple days here. The master will be turned into Sumerian in just a few days. And I was very explicit with them that I did not want them to set a release date until I turned the masters in.

Because on previous records there were release dates set and then things ended up taking longer and of course what’s the last that happens, the last thing is the mix. So the mix is the thing that suffered. On “Planetary Duality” for instance I essentially didn’t mix the record because there was no time.

They told me that if I didn’t get the record to them in 24 hours that we were going to miss street date. And I stayed up all night, worked for 24 hours. I had listener fatigue, so I couldn’t even hear the mistakes I was making. And I turned it in as was and then come to find out it sat on their desk for 10 days before they even turned it into the press plant.

So I had 10 days I could have worked on the mix and could have gotten it great, but instead that happened and now I have to live with it forever—well I don’t have to live with it forever because I’m actually doing a re-mix of “Planetary Duality“—re-mix/remaster of “Planetary Duality“—which will be hopefully released next year as a ten year anniversary. But anyway, all that to say, that in the next few days the record will be turned in and street date will follow shortly after.”

He also added the following about “In Becoming A Ghost”:

“It’s the most diverse record that I’ve made for sure. I mean, to give you an idea there’s a flute solo in a song. You don’t have any of that in death metal too often. As a matter of fact, the same guy that played sax on the last record played the flute solo on this record.

Actually one of the things that took… held the record up a little bit was that I was actually kind of having a hard time finding uniformity in the mix, because the material was so diverse. It was really hard to find a universal mix to start from. Because generally with metal—with other styles of music if the mix is different from one song to another, that’s totally fine—with metal everyone expects there to be a certain amount of uniformity. They expect the drum sounds, the guitar tones to be the same, etc., etc.. With how different the material was from song to song, it was hard to find sort of like a base mix—a universal base mix—to start from.”

He continued:

“It still very much sounds like Faceless album, it’s just even more diverse. And I even went into the writing process with a concept in mind of writing something that had the signature sort of technical death metal sound that was created on “Planetary Duality” combined with the sound of “Autotheism“. Somewhere in-between there, but its own thing as well. So, trying to kind of lay it somewhere between there and then also have it be its own thing and push the boundaries even further of what’s acceptable and still being able to call it metal.”

The Faceless Announce 2017 European/UK Tour With Humanity’s Last Breath & Ghost Iris

The Faceless have announced a headlining European/UK tour. The band will also be joined by special guests Humanity’s Last Breath and Ghost Iris.

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Tour Dates:

07/01 Haarlem, NET – Patronaat
07/02 Hamburg, GER – Hafenklang
07/03 Berlin, GER – Maze
07/04 Prague, CZE – Modra Vopice
07/05 Munich, GER – Backstage
07/06 Saarbrucken, GER – Garage
07/07 Oberhausen, GER – Kulttempel
07/08 Paris, FRA – Backstage BTM
07/09 Newark, UK – UK Tech Fest

Ken Sorceron (Abigail Williams) Sings On New The Faceless Album

It looks like The Faceless have officially recruited Ken Sorceron (Abigail Williams) as their new vocalist. The band have yet to comment, but the news was mentioned in the press release for Abigail Williams’ new label deal, which explicitly said Sorceron is “currently finishing up vocal duties on the new The Faceless album.” Stay tuned to see the release details for that effort when they become available.

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The Faceless Announce 2016 Tour With The Zenith Passage

The Faceless have announced some 2016 shows with The Zenith Passage. Check out the dates below.

Tour Dates:

06/19 Salt Lake City, UT – Metro Bar
06/20 Denver, CO – Marquis Theater
06/21 Omaha, NE – Lookout Lounge
06/22 St. Louis, MO – Fubar
06/23 Cleveland, OH – Agora Ballroom
06/24 Montebello, QC – Montebello Marina