Bradley conducted an interview with guitarist Michael Keene and bassist Evan Brewer of Los Angeles-based progressive death metal titans THE FACELESSwhen the band played in St. Petersburg, Florida on March 17. You can now watch the chat below.
THE FACELESS is currently taking part in the “Metal Alliance Tour 2012” alongside DEVILDRIVER, 3 INCHES OF BLOOD, DYING FETUS, JOB FOR A COWBOY, IMPENDING DOOM and WRETCHED.
THE FACELESS recently parted ways with guitarist Steve Jones and replaced him with Wes Hauch. Keene broke the news via Twitter, stating, “Farewell Steve Jones. We had a long ride, my brother. Welcome the amazing Wes Hauch to THE FACELESS. He is a shredder.”
Vocalist Derek Rydquist exited THE FACELESS in May 2011 and was replaced by Geoff Ficco (KAMIKABE, ORGONE). Rydquist explained his decision to exit the band by saying that he was “no longer emotionally or artistically fulfilled by being the vocalist for the group.”
THE FACELESS last re-signed with Sumerian Records. The band entered Keene‘s studio in March 2011 to begin recording its third album for a 2012 release. Keene described the band’s forthcoming CD as “the most musical and progressive record we’ve made.” He added, “Since recording ‘Planetary Duality’, the goals of THE FACELESS have changed a bit. You can still expect a fast, technical and blistering record, but I personally am less focused on a musical aesthetic and more on musicality and making an expressive, unique, moody and expansive record. Speed picking, flying double bass and skin melting guitar solos are certainly still in order. However, you can also expect more clean vocals with big harmonies, some unique instrumentation, dark moody passages, interesting keyboards, synth guitars, vocoder and sequenced segments. It’s going to be the most focused and depressive FACELESS record to date.”
Performance footage of new song: