Singer Henry Derek Bonner has announced his departure from SCAR THE MARTYR, the new band led by former SLIPKNOT drummer Joey Jordison. Henry tells BLABBERMOUTH.NET in a statement: "I'm officially parting ways with SCAR THE MARTYR due to personal differences, artistic direction and a slew of business decisions that I cannot simply ignore. I've given it a year of my life and now it's time to move on. Many thanks to all of the fans and friends that have shown their support. Furthermore, I will continue making music in many forms as well as pursuing a new band with King (GOD SEED) and Jeff Friedl (A PERFECT CIRCLE). My very best wishes to SCAR THE MARTYR and their future success."
SCAR THE MARTYR's self-titled debut album sold around 3,300 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 129 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was made available on October 1, 2013 via Roadrunner Records.
In addition to Jordison and Henry Derek, SCAR THE MARTYR's most recent touring lineup included guitarists Jed Simon (STRAPPING YOUNG LAD) and Kris Norris (DARKEST HOUR), keyboardist Joey Blush and bassist Kyle Konkiel (IN THIS MOMENT).
"With this project, I focused my efforts on writing for the better of the song," Jordison said last year. "I wasn't worried about flash or persona... It's all about writing a good solid song. I'm writing music that people can grasp and hold on to...something that resonates. If you don't have that, then you have nothing."