Well, it looks like Summer Slaughter is really shaping up the "most extreme tour of the year," with the already announced acts: Cannibal Corpse, Between The Buried And Me, The Faceless and the just announced mid-card act: Exhumed. Fuck yes! Exhumed's last album, All Guts, No Glory was fantastic, and in constant rotation for this listener. MetalSucks is reporting that Job For A Cowboy, Veil of Maya and Hate Eternal are pretty much confirmed for the tour (although not officially) and that Musik Universe is saying they spoke to Ben of Goatwhore at a recent tour stop and he confirmed to them that Goatwhore will be on the bill as well. God damn, this is shaping up to be an unmissable tour.
As promised, every Sunday, the organizers of Summer Slaughter will be revealing another band on the tour. Last week, Cannibal Corpse and Between The Buried And Me were announced as headliners and this week, we kick off the support band announcements with The Faceless. One would assume that The Faceless would be done with their new album by the time this tour comes around, but who can be certain? These three bands alone would make for a great tour, but there are still at least 6 or 7 more bands coming. Summer Slaughter is shaping up to be a can't miss show.
You may recall that we told you a few months back of a new project which features Sacha Dunable of Intronaut and Graviton, Derek Donley of National Sunday Law and Graviton, Charles Elliott of Abysmal Dawn and ex-The Faceless vocalist Derek Rydquist. At the time they were known as Bewilderbeast, but have since changed their name to Bereft. The quartet have been hard at work and are announcing the release of their debut LP, Leichenhaus on April 24th on The End Records. All we have to go by, sonically, is the track the band posted on their Facebook page which sounds doomy as fuck. I'm excited to hear this album. We'll have more about this release as we get it.
DEVILDRIVER, THE FACELESS, DYING FETUS, JOB FOR A COWBOY, 3 INCHES OF BLOOD Announced For Metal Alliance 2012 Tour
Well, this is quite the tour announcement. In the last few months, The Faceless have been hinting at 2012 touring with Devildriver, Job For A Cowboy and Dying Fetus. Looks like you tack on 3 Inches of Blood and Impending Doom and you have yourselves the lineup for the 2012 edition of the Metal Alliance Tour. Only four dates have surfaces so far, but I'm sure a full North American run is expected. Here are the dates so far: (more…)
Talk about a meeting of power players! Michael Keene, primarily known as the guitarist behind The Faceless, recently tweeted "Just finished recording a guest solo for the new Gorod CD. Make sure to check that out when it's out. I think my solo came out pretty cool!" Holy crap! A new Gorod album is already expected to be awesome, but now add the fret-work of the Keene-machine, and you've got yourself a must-hear. I can't wait to hear what those Frenchmen come up with. The new album is expected early next year.
You may recall that a little over a month ago, the recording of The Faceless' new album was delayed as guitarist Michael Keene injured himself after tripping over a table and getting 17 stitches put in his hand. Ouch! You know the saying: time heals all wounds, and the Keene machine is healed and the band is back to working on new material, according to their Facebook page. The band is also teasing a headlining tour in early 2012. In the past, the band has hinted at potential tours with Job For A Cowboy and Cynic, so we'll see if any of those pan out.
This is a bummer. It looks like the recording of The Faceless' new album has been delayed. This is all due to an injury to the precious hand of Michael Keene. He received 17 stitches to his right hand after allegedly tripping over a table, with a glass in his hand, which was the perpetrator of the injury. This obviously means the dude can't play, and won't be able to play until he heals. Get better Keenemachine! For now, I will just watch the Faceless studio update and this demo of their new song on repeat.
As you can see by the screenshot above, The Faceless' axeman, Michael Keene tweeted that the band is set to enter the studio in three weeks to record the long-awaited follow up to Planetary Duality. It's safe to assume we probably won't see this album until early 2012, but at least we have this pre-production demo of "The Eidolon Reality" to hold us over for now: (more…)
Sumerian Records is set to celebrate it's fifth year as a label come this Winter and they are already sending teases out on their Facebook page about a possible anniversary tour writing "How progressive, epic and crushing would it be to see the first ever official Sumerian Records Tour celebrating the 5 year anniversary of the label this November/December with Born of Osiris, The Faceless, Veil of Maya and 3 other Sumerian bands all touring North America together? Should it happen? Will it happen? Let's hear your voices!!"
Sounds like a pretty stellar lineup so far, but if I had my way, those other three bands would be After the Burial, Periphery and either Evan Brewer or TRAM. Sickest tour ever? Who would you want to see open this tour?
Last week, in all the hoopla of Derek Rydquist leaving The Faceless, we revealed a new project has been formed, Bewilderbiest, that features Rydquist on bass as well as members of Intronaut and Abysmal Dawn . At the time, not much was revealed except for a Facebook page but the sleuths at Metalsucks emailed guitarist Sacha Dunable who revealed fans can expect some very doomy music and not much in the way of touring. His full statement: (more…)
When word spread throughout the internet that Derek Rydquist was not on tour with his band, The Faceless in Europe, we immediately shot the dude an email to get his side of the story. He commented exclusively to Metal Injection saying "…I think you're on to something here. I'm definitely not in Europe with them right now." Now that the dust settled, Rydquist has released another statement, this time to Lambgoat, where he confirmed that he quit the band due to fatigue. Here is the full statement: (more…)
My Sherlock Bromes, Axl Rosenberg over at MetalSucks did a little sleuthing earlier today and noticed that in recent live bootlegs of The Faceless's current European run, vocalist Derek Rydquist is nowhere to be found. The band has a different, equally competent vocalist with them. Take a look: (more…)
We have all been patiently waiting for new material from The Faceless to surface, ever since we saw that live bootleg of them performing "The Eidolon Reality." Well, we no longer have to resort to live bootlegs, as the band have made a "pre-production preview" of the song available for streaming. Oh, fuck yes. Let's take a listen, shall we? (more…)
The Faceless have just posted a message on their Facebook page confirming that which we hinted at a few weeks ago: their new bassist is the incredibly talented Evan Brewer formerly of Animosity and Reflux. The band wrote "The sickest bass player in the game, Evan Brewer (Animosity/Reflux) has officially joined The Faceless." No word yet on if Brewer will contribute to the writing and recording of the band's new album, which we hear is about halfway done. (more…)
This is pretty killer! Heavy Blog Is Heavy picked up on a post Sumerian Records' Facebook page, which has since been removed that stated "Sumerian Nation is coming later in 2011. An album made of collaborations of different Sumerian musicians. It's destined to be out of this world!" I'm already sold. (more…)