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Autotheism

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  • Audio CD (13 Aug 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sumerian Records
  • ASIN: B008DL3U5U
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 106,111 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The third full-length album from THE FACELESS is easily one of the most anticipated albums of the decade for the extreme progressive metal genre. This is the band s first release in over four years and for all intents and purposes it s going to be well worth the wait. This effort sees the group s leader, Michael Keene (guitars), enlist a new vocalist, bassist and additional guitarist to help him see his musical vision come to fruition and these new members have delivered tenfold. The new album, Autotheism, is a semi-conceptual record following a man s journey of self-discovery and transformation into the all-powerful God of his reality. It starts with his realization of the power he possesses and moves through every step of an ever-evolving reality that the future may have in store. Musically, Autotheism is expansive in all directions. It is a thought provoking roller coaster with the occasional sledge hammer to the skull and contains more dynamics and diversity than any offering presented by THE FACELESS to date. Look for THE FACELESS to tour the world extensively for this album cycle and prove that they are truly a band that can redefine a genre as their musical vision adheres to no boundaries. This is forward thinking music that is beyond the scope of anything currently out there.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking... 8 Feb 2013
By Sylvan
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I bought this album because The Faceless (who I had never heard of before) were mentioned in an article about Extol, a band who have produced some excellent technical extreme metal with great musicality. After 2 or 3 listens of "Autotheism" it really started to make its impact. This is a great album, with really beautiful music woven amongst energy and power with lots of variety. In places it recreates some of the great slow guitar solos of days gone by, but in perfect context. The overall sound is modern but borrows from some of the classic sounds of the past. If you 'get' what technical / extreme metal is all about (i.e not just a wall of noise) you will find what you are looking for here, in abundance. Give it a few listens on headphones and you will love this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Listen, very polished tech metal! 13 Jan 2013
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Really enjoy the album... fantastic high speed, very technical metal.
The only reason I rank it down a bit, is that, for some reason I find the Facelss's music to be quite derivative...by that I mean they seem to "copy" a lot of hooks and riffs from other bands..?
The music is still awesome, but I wish they would find their own groove a bit instead of borrowing so heavily from others.

Still, from a production point of view, 5/5
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5.0 out of 5 stars !st class 21 Mar 2013
By dimebag
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!st class service i would recommend this product to any one plus the price was great too what more can i say
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Its not planetary duality but its NOT bad either. 26 Aug 2012
By Jasperado - Published on Amazon.com
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The faceless definitely went on an artistic limb in the making of aototheism if you compare it to their older material, so with that your either going to have people that hate it because it's not the same as their last album and then their will be those who love it and listen to it with an un biased ear and an honest opinion of how musically appealing it really is while appreciating their growth as songwriters. Autotheism has added alot of softer vocals with more melodic breakdowns and segues while still delivering heavy technically executed death metal like we know them for. i'd wrap it up by saying autotheism obviously will not be for everyone but for me personally i was skeptical at first but after a few listens and reading the lyrics this new album is really growing on me and i find myself craving it more and more.
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Album 15 Aug 2012
By PhilipKane - Published on Amazon.com
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The faceless have returned with a worthy follow up to Planetary Duality. I dig technical death metal and I also dig jazz, so Autotheism impressed the hell out of me. Autotheism has sick riffs, tasteful solos, brutal drumming and alot of depth. What is different about this album from their last is the vocals. Clean vocals with melody are now in The Faceless writing formula. The death metal vocals are still there, but there are just as much clean vocals. I usually shy away from "short hair metal" or deathcore because of the whining clean vocals mixed with death metal vocals. Yet, bands like Opeth or Voyager have powerful clean singing that doesnt rub me the wrong way at all. So which category does Autotheism fall in? Im pleased to say the vocals are done well and are metal. Michael's voice is not as refined as Mikael Akerfeldt, but very similar. The music is alot more progressive and includes alot of keyboards and even some saxaphone which give the sound more atmosphere and melody. Drums are top notch and bass playing as well. I recommend this album to anyone who loves Blotted Science, Obscura, Opeth, Necrophagist, Ihsahn or any type of music that is complex and challenging to create. If you strictly enjoy technical death metal and cant get into the clean vocals, perhaps Autotheism is not for you. Planetary Duality is still my favorite The Faceless album, but I am very pleased with everything that went into creating this bad ass album and will be bumpin it constantly. Cheers.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars With all the controversy, The Faceless release their strongest album to date 17 Oct 2012
By Pete - Published on Amazon.com
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If you're a fan of modern extreme music, chances are you heard of The Faceless. Their albums Akeldama and Planetary Duality have been both released to acclaim, despite wrongfully lumped in with the deathcore trend at the time. Since then, however, the band have gone through several member changes. Along with guitarist and main man Michael Keene (who is the only remaining original member), and drummer Lyle Cooper, the group was joined by bass virtuoso Evan Brewer (known for his work in Animosity and his pure bass solo project), guitarist Wes Hauch, and vocalist Geoffrey Ficco. Is the album a strong comeback, or does the four-year gap kill the hype? Read on to find out.

Autotheism is the group's first album since 2008's PD. The style in this album continues the progression that they've put out since their debut. Akeldama was more breakdown oriented than the future releases, and PD stripped away most of them for a much more technical, Necrophagist-esque approach. This album, however, strips away the breakdowns entirely, adds more melody, and incorporates a much bigger emphasis on Keene's clean vocals. This might alienate fans of the first two albums, but for fans of progressive metal (myself included), you will be in for a real treat.

Highlights:
Starting off the album is the Autotheist trilogy, broken up into three movements. The lyrics explore the concept of self-deification. "Movement I: Create" opens with an ominous orchestra coupled with pounding drums. Keene's vocals are clearly influenced by Opeth and Devin Townsend. They have had mixed reactions from fans, but I personally love his voice. "Movement II: Emancipate" turns up everything tenfold. Opening with blasting technical riffs in traditional Faceless fashion, it doesn't let up until it ends. Again, the influence by Opeth and Townsend are evident in the riffs and clean vocals. "Movement III: Deconsecrate" only adds to the quality. Starting with Mr. Bungle-esque sound effects followed by ominous singing from Keene, the song also features a saxophone (!) solo by Sergio Flores, who is known from the internet as Sexy Sax Man. The song trilogy is by far the greatest thing The Faceless have put out, and alone is worth the price of the album.

The album takes a mild nosedive with the follow tracks "Accelerated Evolution" and "The Eidolon Reality." Both tracks are more what you would expect with The Faceless: fast, technical, and brutal. Definitely not bad songs, but not quite up to the standard set by the opening suite.

It does pick up again with "Ten Billion Years," which combined the progression of "Autotheist" with the style of the first two albums. "Hail Science" is an interlude with a robotic voice that serves only as a segue to "Hymn of Sanity," a brief songs comparable to "Prison Born" from PD. The closer "In Solitude" contains massive Opeth influence with an acoustic opening, and maintains momentum until the outro.

The verdict? Autotheism is an excellent album, one of 2012's best releases. I enjoyed Akeldama and Planetary Duality, but I feel this is far and away the best album they have released to date. And if this is an indication of their future releases, I wholeheartedly await them with open arms.

Technical death metal purists might not enjoy this release. Otherwise, recommended for fans of tech-death, extreme music with melody, and/or even modern progressive metal.

Rating: 9.25/10
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet, merciful crap!! 28 Jun 2013
By A. Stutheit - Published on Amazon.com
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Four unexpectedly long years after releasing their sophomore outing in 2008's "Planetary Duality," Californian progressive death metal masters The Faceless return with a long-overdue junior effort in 2012's "Autotheism." This album flexes the band's progressive muscle even more than what was heard from them previously, and as anybody who has heard the group's prior two full-lengths would attest, that is REALLY saying something!

"Autotheism" is both familiar and experimental. It weaves in just the right amount of new-ish-sounding elements to make it a substantial creative and musical step forward for the band, while simultaneously being brutal and intense enough to satisfy old-school fans. The main experimental aspect of this album is that it is proof of the fact that Cattle Decapitation were not the only extreme metal-outfit to flirt with clean vocals in 2012. (Yes, you read that correctly -- there are several spots of clean singing heard throughout this forty-one minute playing time!) And plus, with the first three songs forming a trilogy of sorts (they all begin with the word "Autotheist"), and noteworthy lyrics (which are, in a large part, having to do with God and religion) present, this appears to be a concept album.

But don't get your knickers in a twist just yet, because despite these experimental touches, The Faceless still prove themselves to be masters of technical thrash riffing, triggered gravity blasts, brutal, Dying Fetus-ish vocals, and extremely melodic and crystalline-sounding solos that are nothing if not derived straight out of the progressive music playbook. (Think Necrophagist, Dream Theater, Journey, In Flames, and Iron Maiden, and you'll get the general gist as to what the solos sound like.)

The album begins on a calm note, with "Autotheist Movement 1: Create" being an ominous symphonic music intro piece accompanied by vocals that trade-off between clean singing and brutal death metal growls. It all makes for a very chilling and portentous opener, even if it is not an overly-exciting one. (Indeed, all things considered, "Create" is kind of boring, thus making it kind of surprising and curious that The Faceless would make it the album's very first song.) But what this track is lacking in energy, the succeeding "Emancipate" makes up for ten fold. It is one frenetic number, let me tells ya!, and is driven mainly by blistering, staccato riffing and jackhammer-fast percussion battery. It does weave in some nicely melodic vocals, and also dabbles with exotically jazzy guitar leads and solos; but for the most part, this is a brutal beast of a song. And this is evidenced by a positively airtight guitar-drum interplay throughout its epic, nearly seven-and-a-half minute-long playing time.

Later on, "Deconsecrate" (and much later, "In Solitude") both begin sounding not unlike an Opeth ballad, the former with accomplished clean vocals and the latter with a proggy, strings `n' all arrangement. But around the ninety second mark, both pieces morph into thunderous riffs and hyperspeed blast-laden chaos. "Accelerated Evolution" sounds overall quite similar, too, in that it is mainly centered around pummeling grindcore hyperblasts and Nile-esque riff chunks, but it is offset by some decent clean backing vocals. And "The Eidolon Reality" continues down this same road, with near Avenged Sevenfold-worthy crooning and soaring melodic leads making the track feel like an epic one, even if it is less than four minutes in length.

The final three songs that round out the album are all noteworthy, too. "Ten Billion Years" is a standout for being a completely mid-tempo venture with tasty guitar melodies, relatively slow and/or restrained riffs, and more Opeth-ian clean singing. Then comes "Hail Science," a terrifically trippy interlude that finds Steven Hawking's voice (or, at the very least, a spot-on impersonator) spouting noteworthy lyrics. And back on bludgeoning territory, "Hymn Of Sanity" is an extremely concise and compact, ninety-second-or-so long blast of more furious riffing and double bass drumming.

While the energy coursing throughout "Autotheism" is a little bit more on the live and organic side of the line (especially when compared to "Planetary Duality"), the band's instrumental-interplay in this album is still a little too tight to be believable. With that having been said, though, let it be known that The Faceless mostly bring the goods for "Autotheism." It is one that is experimental, viscerally satisfying, engaging, exciting, unpredictable, and bah-roo-tal record -- and what's not to like about any of that?!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 21st century schizoid man death metal version 1 Aug 2013
By Jonathan Cortez - Published on Amazon.com
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progressive metal, technical death metal

I'm awestruck by how amazing Michael Keene is at songwriting. Compositionally, this is one of the best 45 minutes of music I've ever heard. Keene plays the guitar like a boss too. Great lyricist, song-writer, lead guitarist, and clean singer, so basically, he's probably better at life than you.

This is my first Faceless album, so I can't complain about how they changed their sound and betrayed their fans by adding more melody, clean vocals, and random stuff.

A quick rundown of the album:
The title song is divided into three movements and is the album's strongest part. To me, it seems like a death metal version of King Crimson's "21st Century Schizoid Man," (music only, not lyrically.) There's a lot packed into this: great riffs, complex time signatures, outstanding solos, and even a saxophone solo, something I've been wanting to hear in extreme metal for a long time.

The rest of the songs are great, with some standard technical death metal tracks. My only complaint is that Autheism is beginning-heavy. After the title track, there's nothing else on that scale. If the last song was two minutes longer, it would have balanced that out. However, that's a really minor complaint. I've listened to thousands of metal albums and Autheism would make my top 50.

Lyrically, it's a humanist's wet dream, praising science and reason while debunking religious superstition. Who would have guessed from the album's title?

Finally and most importantly, 4:33 of "Emancipate" sounds like "into a cock-smashed, your dreaful toilet sink has clogged."
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