Enlarge Soundworks Touring claims the band's cancellation is the result of "complete incompetency by the band and their management."

Promoter Slams The Faceless Following Cancellation of Australian/New Zealand Tour

  • Axl Rosenberg

It’s not an entirely unusual occurrence for The Faceless to drop off a tour. But it is pretty unusual to see a promoter lash out at the band as a result…

…which is exactly what has happened now. The band was scheduled to kick off a tour of Australia and New Zealand with The Black Dahlia Murder this week, but for reasons they haven’t addressed publicly as of yet, they’ve dropped off the trek. In response, the tour’s organizers, Soundworks Touring, have released the following statement, which is damning, to put it mildly:

“Due to complete incompetency by the band and their management, and with a total lack of respect for Soundworks Touring, and more importantly their fans, THE FACELESS have this morning officially cancelled their entire Australian and New Zealand tour. Over the past week we have been continuously lied to, misled and left in the dark as to the whereabouts of the band since their first scheduled appearance on May 9th.

“We at Soundworks Touring have done everything in our power to bring the band here for these shows, but THE FACELESS have been completely unprofessional in their behaviour and this cancellation is 100% solely their doing.

“To any disgruntled fans who wish to voice their opinion on this matter, we at Soundworks Touring are more than willing to put you in direct contact with the band and their management so they can address your questions. In the meantime feel free to express yourself on the bands official Facebook page.

“We apologise to fans for the cancellation and wholeheartedly share your disappointment, but as mentioned previously, this has been 100% out of our control. The rest of the tour package will continue as is and we hope you still enjoy the amazing show THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, PUTRID PILE, WHORETOPSY and UNRAVEL are displaying.

“Yours in all sincerity, Brad and Dysie, Soundworks Touring.”

Wow. I can’t remember ever hearing of a promoter offering to put pissed-off fans in touch with the band and their management before. Whatever happened behind the scenes, it obviously made Soundworks angry enough that they’ve decided to never work with The Faceless again. Pretty crazy.

Presumably The Faceless will release a counter-statement sometime soon. In the meantime, I encourage disappointed fans not to skip these shows: the bands that remain on the bill are all great (especially BDM), so you’re still pretty much guaranteed to have a killer time. Get dates here.

[via Metal Injection]

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