Upon A Burning Body’s Vocalist Reported Missing [Updated]


San Antonio, Texas, deathcore outfit Upon A Burning Body have posted an alarming message on their Facebook to inform fans that the group’s front-man, Danny Leal, has been reported missing. According to the post, Leal was last seen in San Antonio on Monday, June 30.

While there is no further information available at this time, we’ll be sure to keep you updated as the story develops. If you have any knowledge on what has occurred or the whereabouts of Leal, don’t hesitate to contact the police.

UPDATE: Sumerian Records owner Ash Avildsen has posted a statement to the label’s official Facebook page in reference to Leal’s “disappearance.” According to Avildsen, the announcement from the band was a hoax devised without Sumerian’s involvement or consent.

We are still waiting to hear if a punishment will be levied on the band in the near future for their actions (which would obviously be fully warranted in this case).

To read Avildsen’s entire comment on the dilemma, follow the jump.

I woke up to a ton of missed calls and just saw all this stuff about Danny Leal of UABB posing as that he’s been abducted or kidnapped. My phone hasn’t stopped ringing since. As a child, we all learn the story “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” and it sticks within our consciousness for a reason. I do not condone this type of publicity stunt. This was done behind my back and I am not OK with it. In my eyes, there’s never a time to use the possibility of real-life abduction, injury or murder of someone you care about to promote anything, especially an album. If you need to resort to that, then you have lost the plot. We as a society should have evolved past that way of thinking by now and especially within the rock/metal community, given all the tragedy that has happened in our world over the past few years. There are some people who owe us an apology.

-Ash Avildsen, Creator & CEO of Sumerian Records.

Mike Giegerich

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