Emmure is now officially a one man show, after every member of the band – except singer Frankie Palmeri – abruptly quit today.
The unprecedented mass exodus came as a shock to fans, with the band initially offering no explanation for the bizarre action.
However, bass player Mark Davis did tell Lambgoat that the four departing members were planning on starting a “new project” together in 2016:
“As some of you may or may not have heard, Jesse, Mikael, Adam, and myself are no longer in Emmure. We have decided collectively to pursue other endeavors. We would like to thank the Emmure fans for all the support and love over the years, and to everyone who has help the band on its way, you are all greatly appreciated. Be on the lookout for a new project from the four of us in 2016.”
Since then, Davis has released a lengthy statement to Alt Press, revealing the story behind the US metalcore act’s sudden implosion.
His statement seems to suggest that negative vibes within the band were the main culprit.
“The four of us made the decision to leave the band pretty much immediately after finishing our set on September 9 in Russia. It was our first string of shows back (Ghostfest in Leeds, and two headlining shows in Russia) since taking most of spring and all of summer off to allow Frankie’s vocal cords to heal, which he injured during the Stronger Than Faith Tour. We all expected to come back to a refreshed, productive and positive work environment, but that was not the case.
“We had no plans to ‘dismantle’ prior to actually doing it. We did, however, have plans for a new album and new label. After Russia, we were supposed to go to Japan for shows, and then come back home and get to work. Since then, we’ve just been waiting for the announcement to happen so that we can move on with our lives and our careers in music.
…The most important thing I have to say about all this is that there is no time or room for negativity in life. If someone is bringing you down or holding you back from your full potential, it’s time to cut them out, no matter how much you may love them.”
Davis has also shed some more light on the four ex-Emmure members’ new musical chapter:
“[We] are currently working on material for an un-named/un-fronted project. It is in the early stages but progressing quickly, and we will be ready to find a singer to fit the sound of the band soon. And as far as the sound goes, it’s still going to be us playing our instruments the way that we love to, but in a new, refreshed environment.”
Palmeri, meanwhile, has yet to comment on the split, or the future of Emmure.
He has taken to Twitter since the news broke, posting one simple tweet, which was presumably targeted at his former bandmates:
— Frankie Palmeri (@FrankiePalmeri) December 22, 2015
We’ll bring you more on the story as it develops.
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