As the release of the new album from Deathcore band Veil of Maya looms, they have announced that they will part from Brandon Butler. Interestingly enough, though, the band says that they will find a vocalist to replace Butler and carry on without him. The band released an official statement on their facebook page saying
“VEIL OF MAYA has parted ways with vocalist Brandon Butler.Currently we are hard at work on our new studio album and while the music is almost finished, the hunt for a new vocalist is now on. We are very excited with how well this album is turning out and cannot wait to release it soon on Sumerian Records. We know that both our long-time AND new fans will be calling THIS their favorite Veil of Maya album of all time. We want to wish Brandon good luck with anything and everything that he does in the future and thank him for being a part of the band.”
You can read the post here
A very abrupt decision it seems, as their new album release fast approaches, but hey, it’s not unheard of for bands to cut ties with members before a release. Only time will tell who Butler’s replacement will be, and how they will fare. The band’s announcement of this, though, is surprisingly polite, and thankful for his contribution. It’s quite uncommon to see in artists these days.
Continuing this polite vibe, Butler responded in a seemingly apologetic fashion. He stated on his official Facebook page
“As most of you know by now I am no longer in Veil of Maya. This decision was one of the toughest ones I have ever made in my life. The journey I have had traveling the world and playing for people who want to hear music I helped create is impossible to describe in words. The last 7 years of my life have been one wild ride and there is nothing I would take back about it. It was a dream of mine to make an impact with my words, even if in just a few lives. I will NEVER stop being passionate for music and writing as it is a massive part of my life. I feel as if I was on the verge of writing some of my best lyrics yet with the VOM guys and wish I could have showed you all. Marc, Sam, and Danny are currently working extremely hard on some amazing stuff that I know you guys will enjoy. They have a strong vision for how this album should sound and personally and creatively I had a different view from theirs which caused a wedge between us in this last year. I spent 7 years of my life hanging out with those guys grinding it out on the road and will always love them like brothers regardless of how it ended. It was an adventure with tons of ups and downs. Thank you so much to everyone who was a part of my time with veil. You changed my life for the better! The biggest thing I will miss is sharing experiences and stories with my friends around the world. Thank you for everything you have given me. VOM has the best fans ever! It was an absolute honor sharing the stage with you all and I'll miss it. Stay fucking metal \m/“
A very nicely worded statement, and a good, clean way to leave a group. Although it may be easy to be upset by this, both Butler and Veil of Maya will be doing their own thing, and hopefully enjoying it.