19
Sep
07

Review: The Faceless – Akeldama (2006)

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The “Progressive Death Metal” genre is a as niche as you can get. A genre dominated by the Swedish juggernaut that is Opeth, when one thinks of bands that fall into this genre not too many other names come to mind. However, in 2006 a band from Los Angeles, California cemented their name in the top ranks of the Progressive Death genre. That band is The Faceless. With their 2006 release, Akeldama, The Faceless instantly became a force to be reckoned with in the death metal scene as a whole. From start to finish, Akeldama does not disappoint in the least. The technical death metal aspects mixed with progressive song writing and some of the most brutal vocals I have ever heard create an unforgettable, addictive sound. The varied sounds of each song on the album are fantastic. Each song flows into the next “brutifally.” I cannot say enough about this band and this album. If you have any interest in death metal whatsoever whether its classic death metal like Cannibal Corpse or the newer variety of “Deathcore,” such as All Shall Perish, make it a point to listen to this album. Now. Go buy it.

A+

-Cole

Notable Tracks: All of them really but if I had to choose three: Pestilence, All Dark Graves and Leica

Similar Bands: Cannibal Corpse, Opeth, All Shall Perish

1. An Autopsy

2. Pestilence

3. All Dark Graves

4. Horizons of Chaos I: Oracle of the Onslaught

5. Horizons of Chaos II: Hypocrisy

6. Leica

7. Akeldama

8. Ghost of a Stranger

Lineup:

Michael Keene – Guitar

Steve Jones – Guitar

Derek Rydquist – Vocals

Brandon Giffin – Bass

Navene Koperwies – Drums ( Track 4 ) (of Animosity)

Andy Taylor – Drums ( Track 2 & 5 ) (of Diskreet)

Brett Batdorf – Drums ( Track 1, 3, 6 & 8 )

Sumerian Records

www.the-faceless.com

www.myspace.com/thefaceless

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