When The Faceless performed in Mexico this past weekend with Alex Rudinger of The HAARP Machine on drums, it made many question whether drummer Lyle Cooper was still in the group or not. Well, it didn’t take long for Cooper to confirm that he is no longer in the band.
Cooper confirmed his departure via the following Facebook post last night:
“I figured I’d clear up the air about my status with The Faceless.
‘After almost five years with the band I’ve decided to part ways. Over the last couple of years it seemed that the interests, goals and musical approach of the band was not that of my own. Also, managerial issues became too frequent with no resolution. These issues, I felt, made it hard for me as an individual to produce as a creative and enthusiastic member.
I’m sure that proceeding my departure, the band will have no trouble finding someone with the right mindset and talents to step in and keep the band moving forward. Thank you to the fans and everyone who supported The Faceless throughout the years. I wish the band and its members nothing but continued success and make sure you catch them on their upcoming tours. I will still be pursuing my other musical projects so look out for new Absvrdist and Abhorrent this year.’ -Lyle Cooper”
While it’s unfortunate to see Cooper go, The Faceless is no stranger to lineup changes. In fact, Cooper marks the band’s fifth drummer since forming in 2004. It remains unclear, though, whether Rudinger has permanently joined The Faceless or not (or if he’ll at least be joining the group on tour with Cradle Of Filth).
[by way of Metal Sucks]