In all fairness they've been knocking around for 10 years now, making noise and being controversial, which must knock the "sincerity, honesty and empathy for others" out of you.
Crystal Castles were the figureheads of the New Rave scene and therefore epitomised my adolescence. I hold them directly to blame for my penchant for yellow skinny jeans in 2007, and the fact whenever anyone talks about them I tell them about the time Alice poured champagne in my mouth whilst I was "moshing" at Reading 2008, both annoying acts on my part.
Their heyday was simultaneous with when first generation Skins was in full swing and the only focal point of your Thursday evenings. If you didn't cry when Sid's dad died and he broke down at the Crystal Castles gig as they played Alice Practice, then you have no soul and were not a true generation 1 fan.
Although producer Ethan Kath claims Crystal Castles will continue under the name, I think it will be pretty hard to convince their fan base that it's going to be the same. Whilst it is undoubtedly true that Kath's production is both unique and the driving force behind the band's appeal, Glass has marked her distinct territory as the front woman, and it will be difficult to disassociate her image from the music (that and their logo of a bust-up Madonna).
To those who stuck with the band until 2014, this is a sad day. I gave up soon after Reading 2008, so I salute those who stayed with them through three albums, which - due to their experimental nature - spearheaded their genre's constant innovation. Their distortion made their third album a completely different experience to their first, and their eclecticism will long precede them - even though Alice has now jumped shipped. R.I.P.