Three Members Exit The Faceless

Vocalist Ken Sorceron, guitarist Justin McKinney, and drummer Bryce Butler have all exited The Faceless, leaving mastermind Michael Keene as the only remaining member. Despite this, Keene has said that he and band manager E.J. Shannon are putting together a new lineup, and that no shows will be cancelled.


Keene’s statement:

“I would like to publicly address the situation that The Faceless is currently in. I will keep this short and sweet:

My manager and I have been talking to new members for all of the positions that have been left empty today. We are currently confirming a lineup with some of the best, most creative and technically proficient musicians of the extreme metal genre. We will not be canceling any shows.”

Sorceron’s statement:

“For reasons that are easy for anyone with internet access to guess I would like to announce that I am leaving The Faceless. While I will miss playing with my boys Justin McKinney and Bryce Butler and some good times have been had over the last two years, the bad times have definitely overshadowed the good.

I have no ill will towards the band or their manager EJ Shannon who really did his best to help the band recover over the last couple years and wish everyone the best. But without going into any details publicly I think it’s no secret that there are some deep seeded problems and I know longer want the stress and anxiety that comes along with being in the band.

I’ll be putting my full focus back into Abigail Williams and The Accuser as I am finishing up new records for both bands over the next couple months.”

McKinney‘s statement:

“After dealing with The Faceless for roughly 4 years now, I have decided that I need to remove myself from the band, it is not easy doing this, but being treated the way we have over the years it’s just something I can’t take anymore. I am not going publicly into detail, but if you have access to the internet it should be apparent whats going on here.

It’s been super fun and incredible touring and playing alongside Ken Sorceron, Bryce Butler and Chason West. We all had high hopes in repairing the band, worked hard and dealt with things we shouldn’t have and E.J. Shannon Management really busted his ass to do so as well, I love all those guys and I wish them nothing but the best. But I need to push forward and focus on the reason why I even do this, and that is The Zenith Passage. I’ll see you all soon.”

Butler‘s statement:

“This is not easy for me to do… But it is for the best. After a lot of thought, I’ve decided that I will be leaving The Faceless. I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity that I was given, but the band is not what it appeared to be. I am not going publicly into detail, about exactly why.. But there are many things that I’m not comfortable with.

I don’t feel right moving forward. There are unnecessary levels of stress, and i have to do what’s best for my health. Thanks to the Internet, a lot of you already have a good idea of what’s going on. It was an incredible honor playing with Ken Sorceron and Justin McKinney and I will miss them dearly.

We all had hope in repairing the band, and EJ Shannon really has done so much to try to make that happen. But I can’t and won’t put myself in a position that doesn’t sit right with my soul. I wish these guys nothing but the best. I will absolutely still be touring and I’m excited to announce that I will be playing live drums for Abigail Williams. Thank you so much to everyone who has supported me through all of this. I am eternally grateful and I will see you all soon 💙💙💙”

Keene has gone through multiple lineups and has frequently cancelled shows over the years. He also recently opened up about his struggles with drug addiction.


Santa Cruz Fall Apart In The Middle Of Their U.S. Tour With Fozzy

Santa Cruz have apparently fallen apart while on tour supporting Fozzy. The band confirmed that the rest of their touring plans were cancelled and then frontman Arttu “Archie Cruz” Kuosmanen took to Instagram claiming that his bandmates, guitarist Joonas “Johnny Cruz” Parkkonen, bassist Mitja “Middy Cruz” Toivonen and drummer Tapani “Tazzy Cruz” Fagerström, kicked him “out of the bus on the street like a pariah” and that they said they were not going to be part of the group anymore. In his own post, Parkkonen said him, Toivonen and Fagerström were “leaving Santa Cruz” due to “issues that [they] cannot solve even though [they] tried everything that [they] could to make this tour and band happen.” Toivonen also commented on the situation saying “it is impossible for [him] to continue as a member of Santa Cruz.” Fagerström said he is “not feeling good to do this anymore” as well.

Guitarist Tommy Church Exits Mushroomhead

Guitarist Tommy Church has announced his departure from Mushroomhead. This news comes after it was previously revealed that co-founding lead vocalist Jeffrey Nothing was leaving the group as well.

Church commented:

“It is with a heavy heart tonight I announce that I have left Mushroomhead. I will miss all the crazy, loyal and most amazing fans and family I have made over the years and you will always have a special place in my heart. I wish Mushroomhead well in turning the page to this new chapter of life. It was an amazing adventure!”

Mushroomhead are planning to continue with their upcoming tour, and have even posted a teaser for Jeffrey Nothing’s replacement.

Jeffrey Nothing Exits Mushroomhead

Mushroomhead co-founding lead vocalist Jeffrey Lewis Hetrick (aka Jeffrey Nothing, Jeffrey Hatrix) has announced his departure from the band. He said the following:

“I am coming to you today with a heavy heart to announce that I am leaving Mushroomhead. It is a decision that I did not make easily, but one I made for reasons that are best for me as an artist and musician at this juncture in my career.”

He also added that the work Mushroomhead did and the 24 years of performing and touring for “the craziest, fucking loyal and amazing fans” was a once-in-a-lifetime privilege. The band have yet to comment.

[via Blabbermouth]

Skeletonwitch Part Ways With Drummer Dustin Boltjes

Skeletonwitch have parted ways with drummer Dustin Boltjes. With him gone, the band have recruited Jon Rice (ex-Job For A Cowboy) for the time being. They said the following:

“At this time, we feel it’s necessary to inform everyone that Skeletonwitch has parted ways with Dustin Boltjes. Dustin gave much of his creativity, time, and energy to the band, and for that we thank him and wish him the best. Jon Rice will be handling drum duties for the time being. See you all on the road.”

Tengger Cavalry Call It Quits

Tengger Cavalry have decided to call it quits. This news comes just four days after the February 23 release of their new album “Cian Bi.“

Frontman Nature Ganganbaigal commented:

“Within all these eight years, I have nothing but gratefulness to all your support.

However, after consideration, I decide that Tengger Cavalry is officially dismissed.

Yes, we are receiving good reviews, having fans and family to love us; getting the best support from Napalm Records. But what has been done to us in heart cannot be changed.


In a society forged by law, successfully winning the legal sabotage from an industry scumbag like Marco Barbieri, who claimed to formerly worked for Century Media Records and Metal Blade Records, who gave us a contract to claim all our publishing rights since 2010, maybe is a win.

In a society forged by business, successfully terminating a toxic relationship with Dawn M Robinson, who claimed to worked for Lady Gaga and Slash, who teamed up with this toxic label person and manipulated us to sign this fraud contract with Marco to give up everything, maybe is a good business.

Yet for an artist, these are the biggest lose. For you have entrusted your heart and soul to these people, only to get them butcher you.


For an Asian immigrant, you cannot fight back, for the “civilized” western ppl will point fingers at you and say: “look, he does not understand our culture”, “He is too hard to work with” etc.

I wanted to share my musical and nomadic culture experience with the world, yet the outcome somehow only comes back in a darker form.

I love you all and thank you all for your support for all these years.”