Metal Band Break-ups That Already Ruined 2017
Last year we lost a lot of great musicians and had some crazy band break-ups. We were hoping for a better start to 2017, but the metal scene has already taken the first step to putting a damper on 2017. Here are some bands who have called it a quits recently.
We can’t really hate Of Mice & Men. Their “break up” was contingent upon Austin Carlisle’s illness, Marfan Syndrome. Marfan Syndrome is a rare connective tissue disorder. Austin and the band announced the bittersweet goodbye on December 30, 2016. Performing had always taken a huge toll on his body and he finally couldn’t ignore the permanent damage that was headed his way if he continued. He’s had to change his entire life. Their tour isn’t cancelled but I’m not sure I can love an Of Mice & Men without Austin. They still plan to forge ahead on tour starting with Rock on the Range before they head off to Europe. I would post the ticket link here, but alas Rock on the Range has sold out.
Crown the Empire have always had their own amazing thing going on and it has always worked for them. Vocalist Dave Escamilla, left the band on what seems to be bad terms. He left the tour back in November of 2016, but the announcement was made early January that he was gone for good. The band released a comment on the situation saying something with a whole lot of nothing.
Next came the tidal wave when Dave decided to open up about the situation confessing to drug abuse but also pulling back the curtain on how the band’s music is truly made. I’m not sure how the departure will affect CTE or their music. Although, it doesn't seem they were really writing it anyway. Dave Escamilla is promising some projects in the future and I, for one, will be interested to see what happens.
Motionless In White is everything you wanted from Marilyn Manson without Marilyn Manson. On January 10 they announced their keyboardist, Josh Balz, would be leaving.
Unlike Crown, Motionless seems to be okay with the change. All the members of Motionless In White have always been pretty down to earth and Josh will definitely be missed. It won’t be the last we see of him, but like he said, you have to do what makes you happy. I appreciate the departure and the terms on which he made his exit. Nonetheless, I am sad. The remaining members of Motionless In White are on The End Is Here tour and you can grab tickets here.
If you’ve ever said you don’t care what anyone thinks you have very obviously never listened to the greatest brigadiers of all time, Attila. They don’t give a fuck, and they will you tell you that as many times as you want to hear it. During the New Year it was announced that Sean Heenan was ‘leaving” the band, but it looks to me it was more of a ‘get up and get out but we still like you’ type of thing.
For a while, there was no released comment until January 12 when the band had enough of the online back and forth of people trying to find the truth.
It doesn’t seem to be a departure with bad terms, but the band made it clear they could do better. What I would love to see is The Word Alive ex-drummer, Luke Holland, band together with Attila, but maybe that’s just me. Attila has the Let’s Get Abducted tour starting in February and you can buy tickets here.