Earlier this evening, news broke that everyone other than frontman Frankie Palmeri had quit Emmure. We have spoken with ex-bassist Mark Davis on the story behind the departures, as well as the new band the exiting members are forming in Emmure’s wake.

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“The four of us made the decision to leave the band pretty much immediately after finishing our set on September 9 in Russia,” Davis begins. “It was our first string of shows back (Ghostfest in Leeds, and two headlining shows in Russia) since taking most of spring and all of summer off to allow Frankie’s vocal cords to heal, which he injured during the Stronger Than Faith Tour. We all expected to come back to a refreshed, productive and positive work environment, but that was not the case.”

He continues. “We had no plans to ‘dismantle’ prior to actually doing it. We did, however, have plans for a new album and new label. After Russia, we were supposed to go to Japan for shows, and then come back home and get to work. Since then, we’ve just been waiting for the announcement to happen so that we can move on with our lives and our careers in music.”

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Davis, along with former Emmure members Jesse Ketive, Mike Mulholland and Adam Pierce, have formed a new band, and will soon be in search of a frontman that shares their vision. “[We] are currently working on material for an un-named/un-fronted project. It is in the early stages but progressing quickly, and we will be ready to find a singer to fit the sound of the band soon. And as far as the sound goes, it’s still going to be us playing our instruments the way that we love to, but in a new, refreshed environment.

“The most important thing I have to say about all this is that there is no time or room for negativity in life,” he concludes. “If someone is bringing you down or holding you back from your full potential, it's time to cut them out, no matter how much you may love them.”