A March 2008 demo version of a new NOTHINGFACE track entitled "One Thousand Lies" is available for free download at www.nothingfacearmy.com. The song was recorded by the band's original lineup — Matt Holt (vocals), Bill Gaal (bass), Chris Houck (drums) and Tom Maxwell (guitar; also in HELLYEAH) — which regrouped last year and started writing and recording music for a new album. This marked the first time the band's original members had worked together as a unit since NOTHINGFACE's "Violence" record in 2000.
The reunion of NOTHINGFACE's original lineup came to an end last month when it was announced that the group had once again decided to disband. Maxwell explained in a statement, "In the past couple weeks, I've decided that I cannot move forward or continue to work with NOTHINGFACE anymore. This has nothing to do with my NF bandmates Bill Gaal or Chris Houck, but directly with band vocalist Matt Holt. It's in my belief/opinion that Matt no longer has the passion, drive or artistic capabilities to continue in a musical direction. His lack of work ethic and desire to be part of the writing process or to track vocals for the music that has been written has pushed me to make the decision to not be part of NF any longer. It's a shame and I sincerely apologize to all the fans that have stood by us waiting for new music from the original lineup. I don't want to point fingers or lay blame but in fairness to myself, Bill and Chris we tried very hard with the best intentions to bring you all killer new music. Unfortunately, and with regret, I do not think that it's going to happen."
Gaal added, "Well, we gave it our best shot, but NOTHINGFACE is done. I think Tom said it all in his [statement], so there's not much more I'm going to say right now. We're all at different points in our lives, and have all approached music with different levels of ambition and desire over the years. Sometimes those desires match up, but and at this point it just isn't working. This has always been a band with very strong personalities, and we've been able to work through our differences in the past, but those days are over.
"I came back into this band last year with the intention of writing a great record with the original lineup, and I'm sorry that it will not be happening. I apologize to all of the fans out there who stuck by us through this process and who were excited to hear a new record. I was excited too!
"Although I do not think there will ever be a reunion between the four of us ever again, there may be projects that some of us collaborate on in the future."
Houck's version of what happened to cause NOTHINGFACE's most recent breakup appeared to be a bit different from the story told by his now-former bandmates. "Tom's statement is only one side of the story and is his personal opinion," Chris said. "There were a lot of other factors involved in all of this beyond anything with Matt."
NOTHINGFACE's fourth album, "Skeletons", was released in April 2003 via TVT Records. The group disbanded in February 2004, citing musical differences, internal turmoil and label troubles. NOTHINGFACE reformed a year later with the lineup of Matt Holt, Tom Maxwell, Jerry Montano (bass) and Tommy Sickles (drums) and went on to do a small U.S. club tour before Maxwell and Montano launched the HELLYEAH project with former PANTERA drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott and members of MUDVAYNE.