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Terror Universal Fire Their Vocalist in the Wake of Otep Assault Allegations

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Photo by Benon Julius William Otto Koebsch
Photo by Benon Julius William Otto Koebsch


A mere ten days after he denied all of Otep Shamaya’s sexual assault allegations, frontman Chad Armstrong has been let go from the band Terror Universal. Well, at least we think he has.

The band made the announcement via Facebook earlier today (apparently dictating to David Draiman), but for reasons I don’t understand, they put Mr. Armstrong’s name in quotes. So it’s possible that they haven’t actually parted ways with Chad Armstrong, but, rather, have parted ways with someone or something acting as Chad Armstrong.

Terror Universal’s statement reads as follows:

FRIENDS AND FANS, THANK YOU FOR ALWAYS SUPPORTING TU. WE WANT TO INFORM YOU, THAT DUE TO PERSONAL DIFFERENCES, AND THE COURSE OF EVENTS THESE PAST COUPLE OF WEEKS, “CHAD ARMSTRONG” IS NO LONGER THE LEAD SINGER FOR TERROR UNIVERSAL.

WE WILL DEBUT TERROR UNIVERSAL’S NEW SINGER THIS WEEKEND AT THE “TEXAS INDEPENDENCE FEST”. NEXT WEEK WE WILL POST LIVE VIDEO, SO YOU CAN ALL HEAR AND SEE OUR NEW KICKASS SINGER. WE PROMISE, OUR NEW FRONTMAN IS EVERYTHING YOU WOULD EXPECT FROM TU!!

WE WISH CHAD GOOD LUCK, AND THANK ALL TERROR UNIVERSAL FRIENDS & FANS FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT

Someone with the Terror Universal camp (including Armstrong himself) might very well deny that this is a direct result of Shamaya’s allegations, but let’s be real: this is a direct result of Shamaya’s allegations.

Which is why I find this statement kinda troubling. For one thing, sexually assaulting a woman should never be considered a mere “personal difference.” And for another thing, someone who has committed sexual assault does not deserve any well wishes.

Unless Armstrong is innocent of the charges, as he claims! In which case, the Terror Universal guys are schmucks for a completely different reason.

I guess we’ll see if Armstrong issues a statement of his own, but I guess is we can all go back to not knowing who Terror Universal are now.

[via The PRP]

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