Sumerian's progressive metal visionaries THE FACELESS return with their highly ambitous third album ‘Autotheism’
Californian progressive metal visionaries THE FACELESS return with their hugely anticipated third album, ‘Autotheism’, out 13 August on Sumerian Records.
Guitarist and band leader Michael Keene and drummer Lyle Cooper are joined by new recruits Geoffrey Ficco (vocals), Evan Brewer (bass) and Wes Hauch (guitar), to deliver the band’s most musical and progressive record to date. It’s a fast, technical and blistering record as a FACELESS record should be, but is much more expressive, moody and expansive than ever before. Speed picking, flying double bass and skin melting guitar solos are aplenty, however a greater emphasis on clean vocals, big harmonies, moody passages and the use of keyboards, synth guitars, sequenced segments and even saxophone add a whole new dimension to the sound.
As a semi-conceptual record, 'Autotheism' follows a man's journey of self discovery and transformation into the all powerful God of his reality. It starts with his realisation of the power he possesses and moves through every step of an ever-evolving reality that the future may have in store.
Keene states: “I have never been prouder of any musical offering I have ever created. This record is both punishing and diverse. It covers so much ground musically, while retaining a clear focus. The time spent, plus the new personnel and the life experience of several years have culminated in this records' sound and created something that surpassed my original vision of what it would be. I think that listeners will find Autotheism to be both more adventurous and daring, as well as more memorable and captivating than ever before.”
In a nutshell: A thought provoking roller coaster with the occasional sledge hammer to the skull.
Following the Summer Slaughter tour across the USA with Cannibal Corpse and Between The Buried and Me, THE FACELESS will be touring the rest of the world extensively, and armed with this stunning new album, will prove that they are truly a band that can redefine a genre as their musical vision adheres to no boundaries.
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