Following the release of their 2012 album Autotheism, technical deathcore outfit The Faceless have skyrocketed to the upper echelons of the genre, putting the band in high demand the world over. Today, however, they’ve announced a slight snag in their otherwise seamless assent – drummer Lyle Cooper will be part of The Faceless no more.
Both Cooper and the band have released official statements, with neither expressing any overwhelming angst – though it is obvious tensions were growing. The band explained that the decision was on account of “growing difference in the level of commitment to the project”. Cooper elaborated through his own Facebook that the “interests, goals and musical approach of the band” were no longer his.
The drummer, who has been with the band for 5 years, has also cited “managerial issues” as a deal-breaker, adding that the issues “became too frequent with no resolution… these issues, I felt, made it hard for me as an individual to produce as a creative and enthusiastic member”.
Earlier reports stated that no replacement had been found, though according to the band Alex Rudinger of The HAARP Machine is now the full-time man on the skins.
The Faceless aren’t having too smooth of a time today. The band has announced that, as they were unable to obtain working visas for the UK, they have had to cancel all their upcoming shows there.