The Faceless Perform Without Michael Keene After He Reportedly Suffering Muscle Spasms

The Faceless performed without band mastermind Michael Keene this Wednesday, June 20th, in Winnipeg, MB. Keene reportedly was unable to perform and was taken to the hospital after suffering muscle spasms. No official statement has been released regarding Keene‘s current health condition so far.

In February Keene himself opened up about his substance abuse problems, referring to himself as a “recovering drug addict.”

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The Faceless: Troubled Performance At The ‘Bay Area Death Fest’

The Faceless have once again generated controversy after the entire band walked out on the band’s mastermind Michael Keene earlier this year, due to his alleged heroin addiction.

Keene rebuild the group again with new members, but it things went a bit off the rails obviously during their show on June 10th, at the ‘Bay Area Death Fest‘ in Berkeley, CA. The Faceless were billed to perform their entire 2008 album “Planetary Duality”. According to fans who attended, that didn’t quite happen:

“I only had to wait around for 1.5 hours after TZP finished to be able to hear 50% of Planetary Duality played terribly. This is the third time in ONE year that I’ve been burned by The Faceless’ antics (no show at SS2017 Anaheim and set so terrible at SS2017 LA that Ken was throwing shade at Keene onstage).

I sincerely hope that someday everything is turned around and I and other fans can see The Faceless play live again, on time and well, but enough with the lame excuses. It was astounding to me how indignant Keene acted when told that they were far too late to play PD in it’s entirety, and then later offering the crowd to choose what songs to hear but then overturning the decision because “[I] like Ancient Covenant more.”

I mostly feel sorry for this round of musicians that have signed their reputations over to this band. They all seem like nice dudes and are extremely talented, but I guess they knew what they were getting into. RIP The Faceless.”

Fan-filmed footage of Keene struggling through a solo on that night can be sen below:

Comment The Faceless of the set:

“We had an awesome time last night at Bay Area Death Fest! Now we have a couple of shows with By the Thousands, and then Montebello Rockfest on Saturday!”

This says it all. #bayareadeathfest2018 #badf #noshow

Ein Beitrag geteilt von Arnold Hablewitz (@arnoldplaysguitar) am

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The Faceless’ Michael Keene Comes Clean On His Struggles With Drug Addiction

In an interview with TheMetalTris, The Faceless mainman Michael Keene comes clean on his struggles with drug addiction. Speaking of the lyrics on the band’s latest effort, “In Becoming A Ghost“, he explains:

“I obviously was in a pretty dark place when I was writing lyrics… I am a recovering drug addict, and a lot of [the lyrics are] about drugs. I had a few rough years… [writing the lyrics] was a very cathartic process, I think. I needed to get it out. I think I needed to verbalize what was going on in my head and all the mess in my head, and actually verbalizing it made it real to me, and I realized, ‘Okay, I can lock this away here and move forward.’””

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Archspire Vocalist Launches GoFundMe To Get Singing Lessons For The Faceless’ Frontman Michael Keene

Archspire frontman Oliver Rae Aleron is back with another beef-driven GoFundMe campaign. Previously he tried to raise funds to “fight Tim Lambesis”. This time Aleron is pursuing a beef against The Faceless mainman Michael Keene, attempting to buy him singing lessons. As the campaign states:

“Please help my dear freind Micheal Keene fulfill his dream of becoming a talented singer. He has been attempting to sing for many years now but just can’t seem to figure it out. I hope that with your help and the proper training he can one day achieve his dream of singing his heart out without sounding like a nasally, tone def, strung out Mike Patton. Any donation will be greatly appreciated by everyone in the death metal community.”

Some more insight into their conflict can be read via the below Facebook post shared by Oliver Rae Aleron. Keene‘s initial statement shared in the below screencap references The Faceless‘ recent decision to remove Inanimate Existence from a tour following allegations of sexual harassment leveled against their vocalist, Cameron Porras. Porras for his part has denied those initial allegations.

The Faceless guitarist/vocalist Michael Keene replied in the comments of said post, offering:

“Your right. I drew first blood. I wasn’t paying attention closely enough when Justin was talking about what your drummer said. Not you. Can we just drop this childish bullshit?”

Archspire Vocalist Launches GoFundMe To Get Singing Lessons For The Faceless’ Frontman Michael Keene

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Inanimate Existence Frontman Cameron Porras Accused Of Rape

The Faceless booted Inanimate Existence from an upcoming mini-tour (as we reported earlier this week), induced by “information that has just come to our attention today regarding actions that we simply cannot stand for” as the band put it. Although The Faceless did not go into detail about these actions, a Facebook post by mainman Michael Keene made it clear that there had been allegations of sexual misconduct.

Past Thursday, November 16, The Faceless finally posted more details about that matter on their Facebook page:

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The Zenith Passage Releasing Debut Full-Length “Solipsist”

Los Angeles death metal unit The Zenith Passage – which features within its ranks current and former members of The Faceless, Fallujah and All Shall Perish – will unleash a long-awaited debut full-length on April 15th via Unique Leader Records.

Titled “Solipsist,” the ten-track offering was engineered, mixed, and mastered by Zack Ohren (Animosity, Suffocation, All Shall Perish et al) at Castle Ultimate Productions with additional engineering by TZP guitarist Justin McKinney and Michael Keene (The Faceless) at Keene Machine Studios.

Across forty minutes of music, “The Zenith Passage” examines the idea of solipsism, a philosophical theory that the self is all that can be known to exist, anything else outside of one’s own mind is uncertain.

“Solipsist” includes a guest vocal appearance by Fallujah’s Alex Hofmann, a guitar solo by Wes Hauch (ex-The Faceless) who also co-wrote a portion of seventh cut, “Hypnagogia,” a synth solo by Vikram Shankar and cover art by Ken Sarafin (Skinless, The Kennedy Veil, Archspire et al). The track listing is:

1. Holographic Principle I: Emergence
2. Holographic Principle II: Convergence
3. Simulated Reality
4. Deus Deceptor
5. The Dissension Consensus
6. Dreamsphere
7. Hypnagogia
8. Metaphysical Solipsism
9. The Tenebrous Veil
10. Luminary Singularity

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The Faceless Rejoined By Ex-Bassist Brandon Griffin

The Faceless has officially announced the return of bassist Brandon Griffin. States guitarist Michael Keene:

“I am so extremely excited to announce Brandon Giffin on our new record. For those who don’t know, Brandon is the original bassist of The Faceless and played on Akeldama and Planetary Duality and then took some time off from touring, followed by touring as the sessions bassist for prog legends Cynic for several years. We formed the band together when we were in high school and I am so happy to be collaborating with him again. Brandon is like a brother to me and he’s like my musical soul mate. Brandon will be playing on the new record, which is tentatively titled “In Becoming A Ghost” and playing as many shows as possible with us.

And Keene continues:

“Due to life circumstances, he may not be able to always make every tour with us, but he is an official collaborator in The Faceless again and will be playing whatever shows he can with us. I couldn’t be happier about this. More exciting member announcements coming soon! – Michael Keene”.

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The Faceless Video Interview With Justin McKinney Available Online

Gear Gods has unveiled the first-ever video interview with Justin McKinney, the newest guitarist for The Faceless.

In the interview, McKinney discusses how he met and got to know founder/frontman Michael Keene (including his innocent assumption that the two were just going to “hang out and play guitar”), his experience with touring Indonesia and playing in front of 30,000 fans with a band he’s loved since high school, and upcoming plans with both the Faceless and his other band, The Zenith Passage.

McKinney also sheds some light on the progress of the new albums by The Faceless and The Zenith Passage, both of which are currently being recorded. Check it out below.

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Dee Snider Roast Red Carpet Video From Metal Injection Available

Metal Injection correspondent Rob Pasbani hit the red carpet of the Dee Snider Rock and Roll Roast on Thursday, January 24th, 2013 to interview some of the roasters, attendees, and Dee Snider himself.

Check out the video below or over at Metal Injection here. In the clip you can see interview bits with Anthrax’s Scott Ian, Lita Ford, Geoff Tate, Brendon Small of Dethklok, Zakk Wylde, Jill Janus of Huntress, In This Moment, Michael Keene of The Faceless, Kyng, and Kill Devil Hill.

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Dee Snider Roast Red Carpet Video From Metal Injection Available

Metal Injection correspondent Rob Pasbani hit the red carpet of the Dee Snider Rock and Roll Roast on Thursday, January 24th, 2013 to interview some of the roasters, attendees, and Dee Snider himself.

Check out the video below or over at Metal Injection here. In the clip you can see interview bits with Anthrax’s Scott Ian, Lita Ford, Geoff Tate, Brendon Small of Dethklok, Zakk Wylde, Jill Janus of Huntress, In This Moment, Michael Keene of The Faceless, Kyng, and Kill Devil Hill.

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