Phoenix metalcore act The Word Alive have mutually parted ways with bassist Daniel Shapiro, ending a seven year relationship. Shapiro joined the band shortly after the release of their debut album, Deceiver, and contributed to Life Cycles, Real., and Dark Matter. You can read a message from the band below:
Dear TWA family,
The Dark Matter cycle has been the greatest ride of our lives. Because of your support, we’ve reached so many goals we never thought would be possible 9 years into our career. We’ve sold thousands of albums, streamed millions more and toured all over the world. All because of you.
As we move into this next chapter of our career, creatively we have come to a decision to continue The Word Alive with Tony, Telle, and Zack. Moving into the creation of our newest album, Daniel and us mutually agreed that this would be the best decision for the band. Daniel is an extremely talented musician that we have called our brother for the last 7 years. We continue to do so and wish him the best in his future endeavors. The Word Alive has always been a family, past present and future members will always support each other.
We’re extremely excited for the new chapter that is yet to come and look forward to sharing all of our plans for the rest of the year. As always, we appreciate your support on and off tour. We will be all over the world soon enough to continue this journey together.
Telle, Tony, and Zack
Additionally, Shapiro shared a few words on his departure from the band:
Over the last 7 years, I was fortunate enough to tour the world with some of my best friends in The Word Alive. As of today, I will be heading off on a new musical adventure and I am excited to share with you where the road will take me.
The guys and I will continue to support each other. I’m grateful for the time I had with this family and will always consider myself a part of this band.
Thank you all for the love and support from all the fans, friends, family and crew!
Last year, drummer Luke Holland departed the band as well and was replaced by Matt Horn. The Word Alive released a new single titled “Misery” earlier this year.
Posted by Kiel Hauck