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The Faceless

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Latest The Faceless News

Below is our complete The Faceless news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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The Faceless: Called Out Ex-Drummer Fires Back

Technical death metal outfit The Faceless recently missed the kickoff date for this year’s edition of "The Summer Slaughter Tour", due to the departure of drummer Chason Westmoreland, as the band put it. It was the latest in a string of last-minute cancellations from the group this year. Now Westmoreland has released the following statement explaining his departure:

"Okay so not that I care about the Internet… but here it is. I didn’t bail on my band. July 8th is when I told my dudes. My efforts to reach out to drummers show July 13th. It’s impossible to get Michael anywhere on time…. when I’m at his house and he’s packing a bag for tour it takes two hours. Gas station stops on tour are an hour to an hour and a half. (Michael doesn’t drive) Soundchecks even manage to be a spectacle of their own at an astonishing three to four hours. ( How long does it take your band to soundcheck?). E.J. Shannon is the best manager I have ever worked with, he makes very specific schedules that allow for mishaps and extra time losses and even he can’t get michael to a show on time, like when we were waiting to play Seattle for an hour… anyone remember that ??? That was Michael not showing up to the venue that night until after we had his stuff set up on stage at 9 pm. I watched an entire room of amazing fans wait well over an hour to watch us … that wasn’t my fault. I didn’t think we were going on Slaughter because Michael also refused to turn in the album on time and it was a contingency for the tour. So is it really my fault an entire band can’t make their first show? Fact, they’ve had almost exactly three weeks, so there ya go."

A version of the sequence of events which The Faceless self-evidently denies, offering: More...

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The Faceless Premieres New Song "Black Star"

The Faceless premieres a new song entitled "Black Star". A new release from the band is thought to have now been completed with more details to come soon.
Check out now "Black Star" below.

Catch The Faceless on The Summer Slaughter Tour 2017 along with The Black Dahlia Murder, Dying Fetus, Oceano, Slaughter To Prevail, Origin, Rings of Saturn, Betraying The Martyrs, Lorna Shore + more. More...

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The Faceless Cancels European Tour

After the gigantic clusterfuck earlier this very month when The Faceless cancelled an Australian tour last minute, the band has now reportedly cancelled a European tour without (as of this writing) issuing a statement to the fans.

News of the cancellation came via the U.K. Tech Metal Festival when that fest's organizers issued this announcement via Facebook:

"We regret to inform you that The Faceless cancelled all EU dates this year, we are awaiting an official statement from the band. Apologies to anyone who was hoping to see them, we have done everything within our power to make this dream a reality!

"We would like to thank Artery Global and their agent Liam John Byrne for their professionalism in handling the matter and their support for Tech-Fest, they too have done all they can to make this happen. Chins up, we will reveal the final secret headliner shortly! Thank you all for your continued support, not long until July 6th now."

Stay tuned for more info as it becomes available. We'll update this story with any statement from the band when its released. More...

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The Faceless Drops Off Tour, Duels With Promoter

After dropping off a major tour without warning last year, The Faceless has once again cancelled a live trek at the 11th hour, this time dropping off an Australian / New Zealand bill with The Black Dahlia Murder.

The promoter of the tour - Soundworks Touring - clearly wasn't happy with the situation, issuing this statement via Facebook:

"Due to complete incompetency by the band and their management, and with a total lack of respect for Soundworks Touring, and more importantly their fans, The Faceless have this morning officially cancelled their entire Australian and New Zealand tour. Over the past week we have been continuously lied to, misled and left in the dark as to the whereabouts of the band since their first scheduled appearance on May 9th.

"We at Soundworks Touring have done everything in our power to bring the band here for these shows, but The Faceless have been completely unprofessional in their behaviour and this cancellation is 100% solely their doing.

"To any disgruntled fans who wish to voice their opinion on this matter, we at Soundworks Touring are more than willing to put you in direct contact with the band and their management so they can address your questions. In the meantime feel free to express yourself on the bands official facebook page.

"We apologize to fans for the cancellation and wholeheartedly share your disappointment, but as mentioned previously, this has been 100% out of our control. The rest of the tour package will continue as is and we hope you still enjoy the amazing show The Black Dahlia Murder, Putrid Pile, Whoretopsy, and Unravel are displaying."

Needless to say, The Faceless doesn't agree with the above statement, and has since issued a rebuttal (which the fans don't seem to be buying - see a screencap from Facebook below). Michael Keene of The Faceless posted this message: More...

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Alluvial: Full New Debut Album Streaming

Alluvial - featuring Keith Merrow (Conquering Dystopia, etc.) and Wes Hauch (Black Crown Initiate/ex-The Faceless) - premieres the full-album stream of the band's brand new album "The Deep Longing for Annihilation. The album has some special guests as well: Marty Friedman plays the second guitar solo on "Lila" and Sims Cashion plays the solo on "Compound".

Check out now "The Deep Longing for Annihilation" in its entirety below.

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The Faceless Reportedly Drops Off Tour

Second Update: The Faceless has now issued a statement about the cancellation, available below, and followed by the original article.

The Faceless released this announcement via Facebook: "The Faceless has encountered a very unfortunate situation. We have decided to be 100% honest about what has happened. It would be easy for us to come up with a false excuse to cover up the truth, which is something that people have unfortunately become accustomed to when a band cancels a tour. However, we feel like we owe it to our fans to be honest.

"Two days ago, we were supposed to leave for our tour with August Burns Red and Between The Buried And Me. The day before we were supposed to leave, our fill in vocalist backed out, and told us that he would not be performing with The Faceless on this tour. His other, full time band did not feel comfortable with him touring in another group, and he wanted to respect their wishes.

"With this happening on such extremely short notice, it has left us with our hands tied. We have absolutely no choice but to regretfully drop off of our tour with August Burns Red, Between The Buried And Me, and Good Tiger, as well as our headlining tour with Scale The Summit, Rivers of Nihil, and Native Construct. This is a huge disappointment to us, as we were eagerly looking forward to touring with all of these amazing bands. We ask anyone that was planning on attending the BTBAM/ABR tour to still attend. More...

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Ordinance Premieres New Song "Bloodwine"

Ordinance - featuring ex-The Faceless drummer Alex Rudinger - premieres a new song entitled "Bloodwine", taken from the upcoming new album "The Ides Of March", which will be out in stores February 26th.

Check out now "Bloodwine" below.

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BTBAM Announces Tour With August Burns Red

Between The Buried And Me and August Burns Red are joining forces for a North American tour that kicks off on March 4th in Sayreville, NJ at Starland Ballroom. With additional support from The Faceless and Good Tiger, the tour will wrap up in New York, NY on April 17th at Webster Hall.

Between The Buried And Me completed an extensive North American headlining tour with Enslaved, Intronaut, and Native Construct this past November/December in support of latest album, "Coma Ecliptic."

The tour directly follows August Burns Red's appearance at the 58th annual Grammy Award Ceremony where the Lancaster, PA five-piece is nominated for Best Metal Performance for the song "Identity." More...

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Ordinance Premieres New Song "23 Wounds"

Ordinance - featuring ex-The Faceless drummer Alex Rudinger - premieres a new song entitled "23 Wounds", taken from the upcoming new album "The Ides Of March", which will be out in stores February 26th.

Check out now "23 Wounds" below.

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The Faceless Premieres Brand New Song

Technical death metal masters of The Faceless premiere a brand new song entitled "The Spiraling Void" taken from the band's rumored upcoming new album. The current lineup still remains a mystery though.

Check out now "The Spiraling Void" below.

The Faceless have also revealed the dates for a North America tour with After The Burial, Rings Of Saturn and Toothgrinder this fall. Check out all dates below: More...

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Obscura Taps Rüdinger For "Summer Slaughter Tour"

Obscura taps Ex-The Faceless drummer Alex Rüdinger (see also clip below) - now drummer of Conquering Dystopia - for the bands run on this year's edition of the Summer Slaughter Tour. Original drummer Sebastian Lanser will be forced to sit out the tour due to health issues.

Explains Stefan Kummerer:

"Regrettably, we are unable to perform at Progstage Festival, Tel Aviv and Metaldays Festival Slovenia this year. Our drummer Sebastian Lanser overstrung his left hand and suffers from a serious inflammation since then. Playing this complex music with this condition won’t allow us to play a tight 80 minute headlining show our fans and we as musicians demand.

"We decided not to play a halfhearted set, instead we postpone both concerts and come back with an extended live show including songs of our new, upcoming album. Dates will be published soon.

"In the meantime Alex Rüdinger (Conquering Dystopia) will step in to play this year’s Summer Slaughter festival tour in North America.” More...

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Bassist Brandon Griffin Rejoins The Faceless

The Faceless has officially announced the return of bassist Brandon Griffin. States guitarist Michael Keene:

"I am so extremely excited to announce Brandon Giffin on our new record. For those who don’t know, Brandon is the original bassist of The Faceless and played on 'Akeldama' and 'Planetary Duality' and then took some time off from touring, followed by touring as the sessions bassist for prog legends Cynic for several years.

"We formed the band together when we were in high school and I am so happy to be collaborating with him again. Brandon is like a brother to me and he’s like my musical soul mate. Brandon will be playing on the new record, which is tentatively titled 'In Becoming A Ghost' and playing as many shows as possible with us."

And Keene continues: "Due to life circumstances, he may not be able to always make every tour with us, but he is an official collaborator in The Faceless again and will be playing whatever shows he can with us. I couldn’t be happier about this. More exciting member announcements coming soon!" More...

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The Faceless Video Interview Available

Gear Gods has unveiled the first-ever video interview with Justin McKinney, the newest guitarist for The Faceless.

In the interview, McKinney discusses how he met and got to know founder/frontman Michael Keene (including his innocent assumption that the two were just going to "hang out and play guitar"), his experience with touring Indonesia and playing in front of 30,000 fans with a band he's loved since high school, and upcoming plans with both the Faceless and his other band, The Zenith Passage.

McKinney also sheds some light on the progress of the new albums by The Faceless and The Zenith Passage, both of which are currently being recorded. Check it out below. More...

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Will The Faceless Be Rejoined By Former Vocalist?

The end of 2014 has proved extremely rough for The Faceless. First the group lost drummer Alex Rüdinger and bassist Evan Brewer. Shortly thereafter, vocalist Geoff Ficco quit as well, leaving founding member, guitarist and vocalist Michael Keene all by himself.

As the speculation begins on who's going to be performing with Keene on the two already booked shows this January in Dallas and Tampa, the band's label Sumerian Records seems to be teasing the return of former vocalist Derek "Demon Carcass" Rydquist.

While there is no evidence outside the tweet to suggest Rydquist will be welcomed back into the fold, it is at least worth noting he did rejoin the band onstage earlier in the year at the Austin, TX set during this year's edition of the "Summer Slaughter Tour". More...

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The Faceless Vocalist Geoff Ficco Quits Band

Geoffrey Ficco, vocalist for The Faceless since 2011, quit The Faceless yesterday evening.

States Ficco: "After nearly four years with the band, I have decided to leave The Faceless to pursue new opportunities. Thank you to the fans of the band, as well as the past and present members of The Faceless, for the unforgettable experience. One of the projects I will now have more time to focus on is my black metal band Ys, which just released an album in November. Thanks everybody." More...

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The Faceless Cancels European Tour

After bassist Evan Brewer and drummer Alex Rüdinger announced they were leaving The Faceless, Michael Keene had hoped to recover quick enough from that loss to make a European tour with Protest The Hero and The Contortionist.

A press release from Protest The Hero's label announced that The Safety Fire would be replacing the tech-death masters:

"Due to internal band issues, The Faceless have been forced to drop off the upcoming Protest The Hero tour commencing next Friday November 14th in Leipzig, Germany. Replacing The Faceless on the tour will be longtime Protest The Hero friends The Safety Fire. All scheduled dates will be played and The Contortionist will continue to be on all shows." More...

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Metalunderground.com Official Podcast, Episode 36

In addition to the upcoming Attila show at Fort Lauderdale’s Revolution Live on Friday, November 14th (supported by Crown The Empire and Like Moths To Flames), we at the MetalUnderground.com Official Podcast are now staging another ticket giveaway contest through the same venue: The Ghost Inside (supported by Every Time I Die and Architects) on Sunday, November 30th. If interested, submit your full name matching your ID to podcast@metalunderground.com with one of the headlining bands in the subject line.

This week, we’re proud to present music from Boston, Massachusetts all-purpose metal act Skull Hammer, a formidable “power trio” that incorporates all forms of classic metal from hard rock to power metal, from speed metal to thrash. The band released the EP “Fear The Truth” in 2008 and the full-length “Pay It In Blood” in 2010, and are currently preparing a second album.

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The Faceless Survives Moose Crash

Technical death metal band The Faceless has issued the following announcement about being involved in a vehicle crash yesterday while out on tour:

"To elaborate on the events of last night, in a freak accident, we ended up totaling our vehicle on a stretch of Canadian highway.

"A pack of moose were covering all lanes of the highway and it was completely unavoidable. Some how we all managed to walk away totally unharmed, though a bit shaken up.

"Through the help of our tour mates in Fallujah, Black Crown Initiate and Archspire, we managed to get to a tow yard and onward to a rental facility to get a vehicle and get back on the road. We WILL be playing the remaining tour dates on our current headline tour.

"Thank you for all the support in the past few hours and we hope to see you at the upcoming shows." More...

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Morbid Angel Dominates Summer Slaughter in Austin

Summer Slaughter came in to the same venue, Scoot Inn, as last year's stop off at Texas' capital city. The mid-July temperatures reached a scorching 99 degrees, which everyone from fans to bands did their best to stay hydrated (kudos to Scoot Inn for providing water). Keep in mind, this was still a good 5 degrees cooler than last year.

In regards to the lineup, Summer Slaughter 2014 featured artists expected from a death metal-based tour. This year the brutality of Morbid Angel, Dying Fetus, Origin and Decrepit Birth replaced the shredding progression of Animals As Leaders and Periphery.

While death metal was at the forefront of this year's festivities, complex timing and long-winded solos were dispersed throughout the bill. Memories In Broken Glass, this year's battle of the bands winner, concentrated less on guitar solos as they did low tuned, (7 or 8-string guitar) jumping rhythms and samples. I'm sure they were happy to have played a showed promoted by Come And Take It Productions as they played in front of an impressive, jumping early crowd. More...

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Destrage Joining Protest The Hero On Tour

Italy's Destrage is happy to announce that the band will be joining Protest the Hero, The Faceless, and The Contortionist on tour throughout continental Europe this Fall.

The tour begins on November 11th in Germany and wraps up on December 13th in France. Guitarist Mat Di Gioia comments: "We were really tempted to enjoy our scout camp with cross camping skiing tournament, tea party debate and knitting workshop week, BUT we chose to tour Europe with fucking Protest The Hero, Faceless and The Contortionist instead. We can't wait to share the stage with these outstanding bands, this tour is gonna be totally sick! See you there everybody!"

The band will be touring in support of latest album "Are You Kidding Me? No." (reviewed here) and you can check out a music video taken off the album below. See Destrage live on these dates: More...

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