10 Songs, 42 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

On their first album in five years, technical death-metal virtuosos The Faceless return with an almost entirely new lineup to execute founder Michael Keene’s complex sonic vision. Abigail Williams vocalist Ken “Sorceron” Bergeron provides a hellish foil to Keene’s clean, emotive delivery on the chiming, pulsing “Black Star” and staccato death march “Digging the Grave.” The proggy instrumental “(Instru)mental Illness” and a vertiginous cover of Depeche Mode’s “Shake the Disease” provide unexpected moments of dizzying diversion.

EDITORS’ NOTES

On their first album in five years, technical death-metal virtuosos The Faceless return with an almost entirely new lineup to execute founder Michael Keene’s complex sonic vision. Abigail Williams vocalist Ken “Sorceron” Bergeron provides a hellish foil to Keene’s clean, emotive delivery on the chiming, pulsing “Black Star” and staccato death march “Digging the Grave.” The proggy instrumental “(Instru)mental Illness” and a vertiginous cover of Depeche Mode’s “Shake the Disease” provide unexpected moments of dizzying diversion.

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About The Faceless

The Faceless are a progressive/technical death metal band from Los Angeles affiliated with the underground metal label Sumerian Records. Formed by guitarist Michael Keene and bassist Brandon Giffin, the band also includes vocalist Jeff Ventimiglia (aka Demon Carcass), guitarist Steve Jones, and drummer Lyle Cooper. In 2006 the band made its full-length album debut on Sumerian Records with Akeldama. The album's technical style drew comparisons to death metal trailblazer Chuck Schuldiner and his latter-day work in the band Death. Planetary Duality (2008), the follow-up album on Sumerian, was supported with multiple tours, including treks on the road with Meshuggah and the Summer Slaughter Tour. The band endured multiple lineup changes over the next few years, leaving guitarist Michael Keene as the sole founding member. Released in 2012, the well-received Autotheism featured a lineup comprising Keene, Geoff Ficco (vocals), Wes Hauch (guitar), Evan Brewer (bass), and Lyle Cooper (drums), and 2017's In Becoming a Ghost, which featured the single "Black Star," was credited to Keene, Ken Sorceron (vocals), Justin McKinney (guitar), and Chason Westmoreland (drums). ~ Jason Birchmeier

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