Dear Chester, I only realised a few days ago that it’s nearly been a year …
American tech-death band The Faceless has issued a statement regarding the drop of death metal band Inanimate Existence from their mini-US tour.
According to a statement on The Faceless guitarist Michael Keene’s personal page as unearthed by MetalSucks, accusations of rape have been made against a member of Inanimate Existence. While The Faceless were waiting on the accused to make a statement, they have since decided to speak out after seeing jokes about vaping being made on the band’s socials instead of a response to the allegations.
“The fact is that someone came to me with what began as a compelling story about a terrible crime in which a member of the band that was to tour with us was the perpetrator,” a statement reads. “That crime was rape. When we asked the member of this band about it we got poorly photoshopped screenshots of a conversation between the member of the band and the victim attempting to absolve him of guilt and make her sound ‘desperate for attention’ that appear to have simply never happened.” Read the entire statement below:
Inanimate Existence has yet to make a statement responding to the allegations.
The tour is set to begin on the 29th of November in Petaluma, California. A replacement has yet to be named.
The Faceless stirred controversy in May this year by cancelling their entire South East Asian and Australasian tour appearances supporting The Black Dahlia Murder.
“In the 13 years of running Soundworks we have never had to deal with such a debacle at this level of international touring,” tour promoter Glenn Dyson said at the time.
The band is preparing to launch their much awaited follow-up to 2012’s Autotheism, In Becoming A Ghost, due out 1st of December via Sumerian Records.
We’ll add more to this story as it comes to light.
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