After everyone got over the initial shock that The Faceless were touring again, the second shock came from who they were touring with – After the Burial. The last we heard from the band, they’d rightfully pulled out of the Summer Slaughter tour following the heartbreaking suicide of their guitarist Justin Lowe in July. He’d left the band the previous month while they were recording their album. Given what they’d been through, it would have been totally understandable had they chosen not to tour for the rest of the year. It’ll be nice to have them back, though, and the band made a statement via their Facebook as to why they’re headed back out:
As you know, we canceled our appearance on the Summer Slaughter tour to spend time with friends and family in an effort to rebuild after the loss of our brother.
Everybody deals with tragedy in their own way, and at their own pace. Each way is unique to that person, but the common goal that all people share is to get back to living a normal life. A normal life to us is being on the road, meeting our fans, and sharing our music with the world.
We’re excited to announce this upcoming tour with The Faceless. It represents a huge step forward emotionally for us in the band. We still have the drive and motivation to deliver music to you guys, and we want you all to be able to look to us for strength.
We wouldn’t be here without your support, and we want to give it back to you. We love you all, and we’ll see you on the road.
They’ve been through a lot, and this is a win-win for everyone. It’ll probably be therapeutic for them to get back on the road and we get to see After the Burial again alongside some other really solid bands.