FACE DOWN, the reactivated Swedish outfit featuring former THE HAUNTED singer Marco Aro, has parted ways with guitarist Joacim Carlsson. Joacim's statement on the matter reads as follows:
"So, all things must come to an end and this is the end of the FACE DOWN road for me.
"For the past months my interest and motivation has waned considerably and finally I came to the tough conclusion that I shouldn't be in a band when I can't dedicate myself 100%. Since neither I nor the band want to do things half-assed, the best solution for everybody is for me to step down from my position as guitar player of FACE DOWN. Simple as that.
"Needless to say, there will be no mud-slinging or harsh words from either party, as this is a mutual decision.
"I wish the guys the best of luck with the new album (like they need it, they have the talent to make it happen).
"As it's impossible for me to quit music, and my heart is very much into extreme music, I will continue to let my freak flag fly in my death/grind band GENERAL SURGERY and my hardcore punk band NICE IDIOT. Be sure to check us out, you might like it.
"In conclusion; thanks to the band for all the good times, and most of all thanks to the fans for supporting us through the years. Keep the music alive!"
FACE DOWN earlier in the year uploaded a brand new song, entitled "Irreversible", on the group's MySpace page. The pre-production demo, which was completed in late 2006, was the first studio recording to feature new drummer Christofer Barkensjö (KAAMOS, BLACKSHINE).
Christofer Barkensjö joined FACE DOWN in February 2006 as the replacement for Erik Thyselius, who will continue to be involved with CONSTRUCDEAD and TERROR 2000.
FACE DOWN entered the Swedish hard rock album chart at position No. 19 with their last effort, "The Will to Power", back in November 2005. The CD was recorded at Fear and Loathing Studio with engineer/producer Jocke Skog and was mastered at the Cutting Room.
FACE DOWN performing at Sweden Rock Festival in 2005: