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Half of MASSACRE Quits After Calling the Band a Dictatorship

"What was presented as a democracy turned out to be a dictatorship with an excruciating lack of communication."


Drummer Jeramie Kling (The Absence) and guitarist Taylor Nordberg (The Absence) have left Massacre after being a part of the band for less than a year. The duo have made it clear they were not happy with how the band was handled, called it a "dictatorship", and in closing wished Massacre bassist Michael Borders "the best of luck in his future endeavors." So I guess the problem lies with vocalist Kam Lee?

The duo also said in their statement that they were 14 new songs for the new Massacre album, none of which will be released as new Massacre material.

"It is with both regret and relief that we announce our departure from Massacre.

"To everyone who warned us a year ago when we joined the band: you were right. It has been a year of severe ups and downs and unfortunately it has become a working environment we cannot be a part of any longer. What was presented as a democracy turned out to be a dictatorship with an excruciating lack of communication.

"We will not stand by and have our reputations meddled with by childish behavior. We present ourselves as professionals and bring 110% of our beings into all of the projects we have.

"We wrote and presented 14 songs for the band's new album, provided our contacts in the industry which we have naturally/organically procured through our years of touring, only to be accused of trying to take over the band, which is a paranoid delusion. It is also unfortunate that a certain individual refused to speak on the phone to us to discuss any issue of the band, but we have no choice but to bow out of this unhealthy relationship.

"We apologize to our fans and the Massacre fans that they will not get to hear the new album we wrote for the band… at least not as a Massacre album.

"We cherish our time spent with Michael Borders and wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors."

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