TheMetalTris recently conducted an interview with The Faceless’ Michael Keene. During the discussion, Keene didn’t hold back as he opened up for the first time about his struggle with drug addiction. He was asked about his fans interpreting the lyrics to the group’s latest effort In Becoming a Ghost was about recovery.
“I obviously was in a pretty dark place when I was writing lyrics… I am a recovering drug addict, and a lot of [the lyrics are] about drugs. I had a few rough years… [writing the lyrics] was a very cathartic process, I think. I needed to get it out. I think I needed to verbalize what was going on in my head and all the mess in my head, and actually verbalizing it made it real to me, and I realized, ‘Okay, I can lock this away here and move forward.’”
Later in the conversation, the guitarist/singer addressed that he plans to do at least two or three more Faceless albums and then went into details on his solo project:
“Another project I’ve been working on, which I haven’t talked about just because it hasn’t been ready… I’m trying to decide if I want to release it as an EP — I have five songs ready right now — or if I want to just continue writing more songs and make it a full-length album… but it’s just like a solo project i’m doing, and it’s called Slaves and Masters.”
Watch the full interview below: