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The Faceless Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (1 Jun 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: SUMERIAN
  • ASIN: B000INBH5G
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 113,462 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. An Autopsy
2. Pestilence
3. All Dark Graves
4. Horizons Of Chaos, Pt. 1: The Foretelling
5. Horizons Of Chaos, Pt. 2: Oracle Of The Onslaught
6. Leica
7. Akeldama
8. Ghost Of A Stranger

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5.0 out of 5 stars What is this? 29 Dec 2006
Format:Audio CD
This is one of the best death metal albums that I have ever heard. After starting to enjoy the delights of extreme metal at the tender age of 13, I had strayed towards drum and bass and techno. But over the last year I have found new hope in the extreme metal scene, and now at age 18, can appreciate the delights of a wide range of music. And I can safely say that this album is absolutely amazing. It is not a straight up death metal album as it incorporates elements of black metal, hardcore, electronic and at times even Dragonforce-style solos. If you are a fan of bands such as All Shall Peirsh, Through The Eyes Of The Dead and Necrophagist, then this album is essential.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is it!!! 24 Sep 2008
By Garm
Format:Audio CD
I mean this was the impulse I have been given after getting rid of almost my whole collection of death metal CDs.I have become almost allergic to growling and pointless blast beats,plus proper guitar solos missing albums being released lately.There is only very few bands who can make you feel waiting for their new release like a prisoner`s waiting for the day of his release{literally said}To name a few like CRYPTOPSY,BEHOLD..the ARCTOPUS,CEPHALIC CARNAGE.And these guys really got my attention with their debut{and to this day the only release}.What you can hear on this colourful piece of metal art are first of all fabulous drums.Trully superb drumming,all them patterns have been expressed with extreme accuracy and perfection.Guitars are absolutely astonishing,as well.Bass being equal y balanced instrument without a doubt.All in all,a superb album full of surprises{especially in track 2},with as many tempo changes as you can only absorb.And just byy the way,I didn`t mind them vocals for one minute.They just belong to this type of music.So all of you metallers pay attention to this band!If you think NECROPHAGIST or even The DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN are too technical,try this!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive 24 Feb 2007
By percocet - Published on
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Just happened to stumble upon The Faceless on myspace, heard 3 songs off the album, Pestilence, An Autopsy and The Ghost of a Stranger. I'm very please with the technical side, being that it isn't so technical that it becomes absurd, but there is enough to make you understand the capability of this band. The guitars are great, very precise riffing and pleasantly melodic solos. Dare I say they are in the same vain as Death, well you can hear influences anyway. As far as the bass player goes, lets just say that somewhere near the end of Ghost of a Stranger, he plays a bass riff that made my hairs on my arm stand up. Marco Pitruzzella does a great job on the drums with nice 64th note dbl bass, gravity blast beats, extremely fast fills. Great job guys, I can't wait to hear the rest of this album!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I NEED 4 MORE STARS!!! 19 July 2007
By Old School Gamer - Published on
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This cd is absolutelly jaw-dropping at points. This band can only be described as technical, yet senseable, brutal, yet beautiful, unbelievably off-tempo, yet always in time. This band goes from in your face death metal, to pure sludgy grind, back to hard and heavy and then, out of seemingly nowhere, smashes your face with melody, and its not just thrown in there for the hell of it.

I am a melodic death/progressive metal freak myself, so I was skeptical when I heard about this "Technical death" band. Most bands who are "technical" are technically crap. They make music that makes no sense just for the sake of making no sense and seeming to be on the edge of a revolution. This band NEVER goes too far. They have a very diverse mix of melody, technicallity, and hard-edged death/grind metal style. The only band I listen to who even compares (who they are actually friends with, btw) is All Shall Perish, which are also on, imho, the REAL forefront of the melodic death revolution. Someone mentioned an influence in a review I believe, Death, and it is quiet clear that these guys took it upon themselves to take Chuck's work and bring it beyond even his wildest dreams. My only regret is that its only 8 songs. I eagerly await the next slab of molten death from these guys, cuz it will rule the earth \m/

P.S. I defy you to find me tighter drumming than what is done on any song on this album, drumming that perhaps makes the entire cd worth what it is.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The New Face In Technical Metal 18 Nov 2006
By Bill Lumbergh - Published on
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Technical death metal is possibly my most favorite genre of music this day. The musicians can prove that they can break boundaries and fuse the extremities of death metal with the talent of jazz and classical music. The Faceless proves that this genre of music still has its high potential and can be executed well.

The percussion is excellent. The guitars are very technical and create a whole new dimension. The solos definitely draw out a neo-classical feel. There's definite classical infleunce. Vocal range is excellent. Every track is flawless, especially the mostly instrumental "Akeldama".

There is no moment to miss out here. If you enjoy the works of Atheist, Beneath The Massacre, Necrophagist, Cynic, and Theory In Practice, you need to pick this up!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Technical Death Metal 7 Dec 2006
By blasting death Drew - Published on
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Well, I saw this CD at my local music mart and I was like, "Damn they actually have this here??" I bought it before I even knew it. The Faceless is a fairly recent addition to the Technical Death genre and they do it very well. When I heard this CD, it made me think of Beneath the Massacre. They sound a lot alike and they both are extrememly heavy. Beneath the Massacre is above the Faceless in terms of complexity and heaviness, but they are pretty well matched. But in terms of melody, if you could call it that, or would even consider calling it that, The Faceless takes the medal. Anyways, you should definitely buy this CD, you will not be dissappointed. 5 stars all the way!
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5.0 out of 5 stars New millennium prog-death in excelsis 16 Aug 2013
By A. Stutheit - Published on
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It is difficult to make up one's mind about which to love for most on "Akeldama," the debut album from California-bred progressive/technical death metal champs The Faceless: The guitar work, the bass playing, or the drumming. All of them come into play and play an integral role in this album, but that can pretty much be expected when the songs are as insanely technical and complex as these. (You wouldn't expect any less coming from, say, Brain Drill, Origin, and/or Beneath The Massacre, now would you?)

The guitar work is just flat-out dizzying. Michael Keene and Steve Jones produce some shredding that is likely to get wanna-be axemen everywhere wanting to chop of their own hands in frustration -- yes, it is that unbelievably technical and fast. But they do come up with innumerable memorable parts, too, including great riffs and totally air-guitar-able solos. Elsewhere, the drumming is excellent, as well. Out of the four drummers that The Faceless used on this album (Andy Taylor, Bret Batdorf, Navene Koperweis, and Nick Pierce), none of them are household names, but one could certainly make a case for all them deserving to be in that they each come up with some really amazing stuff, here. And finally, bassist Brandon Griffin is also noteworthy because he comes up with some of the most technical and all-around astounding bass lines that money can buy.

With that said, though, "Akeldama" is also noteworthy from the keyboardist's perspective, as he turns out some symphonic black metal-influenced keyboard lines that are comparable to the likes of Born Of Osiris and Hollenthon. And top the whole thing off with some killer vocals (Derek Rydquist allows for just enough vocal variation over the course of these eight songs to produce memorable parts and refrains), and a crisp and thunderous production job, and the end result is easily one of the best extreme metal albums of 2006, and quite possibly said year's most impressive debut, as well.

Beginning with a bang, a mind-boggling drum intro slams into pummeling gravity-blast territory laced with blistering riffs. The guitar work is truly virtuosic, dizzying, and nearly seemingly impossible throughout the opener, "An Autopsy," as is evidenced by its fluid sweeps, blazing leads, and a beautiful, crystalline-sounding harmonic solo to end. "Pestilence" continues showing off the band's blistering ways, cranking out a smoke-inducing interplay between the machine-gun riffage and jackhammer-fast drum blasts. As a monotony breaker, the song slips in a ripping melodic guitar solo and tactful clean backing vocal line for good measure. But these things are then replaced by nimble-fingered guitar picking, frenetic blasting, and near goregrind-esque pig squeal vocals. Some thunderous breakdowns and a solid, grumbling bass bottom are also included, here.

And from that point on, from the all-out assault of grindcore brutality that is "All Dark Graves" (which is fueled by mind-blowing, gravity-defying drum fills, blowtorch buzzsaw riffing, and technical, melodic bass grooves), to the bass-driven closer that is "The Ghost Of A Stranger" (which is almost astounding from the bassist's point of view, as it features several excellent bass solos, propulsive fills, and technically-impressive, slapped bass lines), the uber-complex and technical death metal onslaught almost never relents. Almost. It does sporadically give the listener a chance to catch his or her breath through its use of Necrophagist-worthy, classical music-influenced melodical solos. And plus, the title song, is a huge standout track on account of it being an anomaly. This very epic, complicated, and progressive piece pushes the six minute mark as it weaves in some excellent bass soloing and even greater, and jazzier, prog-ish guitar soloing into its trippy mix of industrial-like, Cynic/"Catch 33"-era Meshuggah-reminiscent knick-knacks (including frequent cyber-esque clicks and splatters).

The album's two other biggest highlights are track numbers five and six, "Horizons Of Chaos: Hypocrisy" and "Leica." The former is highlighted by a mind-boggling introductory drum solo and a thin layer of near orchestral-sounding keyboards, as well as some extra harsh death metal growling and occasional metalcore-flavored breakdowns. And the latter blasts off with a bang, in true Faceless fashion, with fiery, chugging riffs and a hailstorm of cracking hyperblasts. A catchy, rhythmic, galloping beat is also included, here, as are several thunderous breakdowns. But "Leica" is mostly of note for featuring a section where it downshifts to nearly doomy and plodding territory. And all the while this is going on, the aforementioned frontman (Rydquist) is proving his worth as one of extreme metal's most elite new pig squealers, spilling out one Dying Fetus-esque burp after another on the microphone. The song also lets rip a couple of excellent, and deliciously clean guitar solos, including one especially sweet, mazy, winding, and jazzy solo that blends in perfectly with the tune's swift keyboard runs. This is all before, however, the track switches back to brutal, blast beaten deathgrind chaos.

So, as you can clearly see, "Akeldama" is one heckuva monster of an album! It is innovative and interesting/experimental enough to move the death metal, progressive metal, and grindcore genres forward while simultaneously being familiar-sounding enough to give all seasoned metalheads something tangible to sink their teeth into. With "Akeldama," it is easy to see why The Faceless are one of heavy music's most influential new bands. And thus, this record puts this band in good stead to give Carolina's Between The Buried And Me a healthy dose of competition for being one of the premier progressive-extreme metal groups of the new millennium.
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