It's not easy being a fan of The Faceless. Today, news was confirmed that the band is dropping off the Between the Buried and Me / August Burns Red tour.
The announcement was confirmed by BTBAM themselves on Twitter:
We are ready for tour to start today! Unfortunately, The Faceless had to drop off. Can't wait to see you guys! pic.twitter.com/q6KrYQcPKf
— BTBAM (@btbamofficial) March 4, 2016
Additionally, we have heard the band's run of solo dates (which were booked around the BTBAM tour) are cancelled as well. Even worse, The Faceless have yet to even make an official statement.
I'm sure there are plenty of fans who were planning to go to these shows exclusively for The Faceless and are now left disappointed. This is not the first time The Faceless have dropped off the tour. Beyond that, the band has been promising a new album since last summer and there have been no updates.
Ultimately, I want to give the band the benefit of the doubt that something happened out of their control. But when these sorts of things happen all the time, it makes it hard to root for the band. Let's just hope they finally get their shit together.
UPDATE: Shortly after this post went live, The Faceless released the below statement saying their full in vocal backed out at the last minute and they couldn't find a replacement:
The Faceless has encountered a very unfortunate situation. We have decided to be 100% honest about what has happened. It would be easy for us to come up with a false excuse to cover up the truth, which is something that people have unfortunately become accustomed to when a band cancels a tour. However, we feel like we owe it to our fans to be honest.
Two days ago, we were supposed to leave for our tour with August Burns Red and Between The Buried And Me. The day before we were supposed to leave, our fill in vocalist backed out, and told us that he would not be performing with The Faceless on this tour. His other, full time band did not feel comfortable with him touring in another group, and he wanted to respect their wishes.
With this happening on such extremely short notice, it has left us with our hands tied. We have absolutely no choice but to regretfully drop off of our tour with August Burns Red, Between The Buried And Me, and Good Tiger, as well as our headlining tour with Scale The Summit, Rivers of Nihil, and Native Construct. This is a huge disappointment to us, as we were eagerly looking forward to touring with all of these amazing bands. We ask anyone that was planning on attending the BTBAM/ABR tour to still attend.
We apologize to any fans that we have disappointed. We will do our best to have our next tour routed in a way that allows us to perform in the cities that we have missed due to the cancellation of these two tours. We are going to make the best of this unfortunate situation, and use this time to complete our new album.