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Release date: 11 November 2008
Style: Progressive death metal, Technical death metal

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08. Planetary Duality I (Hideous Revelation)
09. Planetary Duality II (A Prophecies Fruition)

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The Faceless debuted with Akeldama a few years back. A tough album to classify, it combined technicality, brutality, some occasional melody, along with some deathcore-ish moments and keyboards. Overall it was a good album and showed the band at least trying to be unique amongst a sea of new "br00tal" bands, and even if the mixture of sounds didn't always work the best, it showed a lot of promise. On Planetary Duality, we see The Faceless losing the keyboards and deathcore-ish leanings and starting to realize some of the promise Akeldama showed, putting out a very solid album in the process.

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published 18.05.2009 | Comments (5)

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Daydream Nation - 12.12.2010 at 23:23  
  Amazing album.
I_Die_Often - 13.12.2010 at 03:36  
  ...sorry, I can't get into this band... seen them too many times opening for other bands and I'm really tired of their annoying emo audience...
Here in Minnesota we have so many of these bands and I'm sick of 'em all.

ever time I see a Faceless posting I feel inclined to bitch...
Demonmayonnaise - 14.12.2010 at 17:58  
Rating: 10
Written by I_Die_Often on 13.12.2010 at 03:36

...sorry, I can't get into this band... seen them too many times opening for other bands and I'm really tired of their annoying emo audience...
Here in Minnesota we have so many of these bands and I'm sick of 'em all.

ever time I see a Faceless posting I feel inclined to bitch...


So you bitch about a band because of their audience?
I_Die_Often - 15.12.2010 at 01:00  
 
Written by Demonmayonnaise on 14.12.2010 at 17:58

Written by I_Die_Often on 13.12.2010 at 03:36

...sorry, I can't get into this band... seen them too many times opening for other bands and I'm really tired of their annoying emo audience...
Here in Minnesota we have so many of these bands and I'm sick of 'em all.

ever time I see a Faceless posting I feel inclined to bitch...


So you bitch about a band because of their audience?

Let's see... can't get into this band... seen them too many times opening for "good" bands... emo audience... too many of these bands in the frozen tundra of Minnesota... sick of it all....
More stated there than just the emo audience in their skinny jeans, retro Vans and bad hair cuts.
I'll go back to the Old Fart Metalstormers area now... OK
Moose - 09.10.2011 at 15:18  
Rating: 10 I do not understand the negative comments I've heard about this. Truly incredible album.
Only downside is the short length (32min).
infernaldeath87 - 08.07.2012 at 04:29  
Rating: 9 Truly a great album, can't wait to see what they have in store in the near future.
Ravenous - 01.07.2013 at 16:52  
Rating: 9 A masterpiece. Most of the deathcore is an utter shit. But this one with a bit of a prog and tech sound is a true masterpiece, which stands out of the crowd.
LeKiwi - 27.11.2013 at 01:34  
Rating: 9
Written by Ravenous on 01.07.2013 at 16:52

A masterpiece. Most of the deathcore is an utter shit. But this one with a bit of a prog and tech sound is a true masterpiece, which stands out of the crowd.

That's because this isn't even mildly deathcore
Troy Killjoy - 27.11.2013 at 01:38  
 
Written by LeKiwi on 27.11.2013 at 01:34
That's because this isn't even mildly deathcore

Agreed, this is pretty typical of a tech-death release, not sure what the deathcore comments are referring to.
psykometal - 27.11.2013 at 09:00  
 
Written by Troy Killjoy on 27.11.2013 at 01:38

Agreed, this is pretty typical of a tech-death release, not sure what the deathcore comments are referring to.

Because too many people wrote them off as a "shit deathcore band" due to Akeldama, and therefore are too caught up in the stigma to be able to recognize that the band has completely stepped away from that genre.

I'm not the biggest fan of deathcore myself, but every now and again one of them manages to release an exceptional album in the genre, and that's exactly what Akeldama is. And I'll admit that I was surprised and happy to hear that they stepped away from deathcore with this release because in my experience if a band succeeds in releasing an exceptional deathcore album, they usually can't do it again.
Troy Killjoy - 27.11.2013 at 15:22  
 
Written by psykometal on 27.11.2013 at 09:00
the stigma

You pretty much nailed it with this. Once people associate a band with the deathcore genre, its a lot more challenging for them to reinvent their image.
Ravenous - 28.11.2013 at 17:02  
Rating: 9
Written by LeKiwi on 27.11.2013 at 01:34

Written by Ravenous on 01.07.2013 at 16:52

A masterpiece. Most of the deathcore is an utter shit. But this one with a bit of a prog and tech sound is a true masterpiece, which stands out of the crowd.

That's because this isn't even mildly deathcore

It kinda is. It's not a "straight" death metal.
LeKiwi - 28.11.2013 at 17:08  
Rating: 9
Written by Ravenous on 28.11.2013 at 17:02

It kinda is. It's not a "straight" death metal.

Progressive tech death
Ravenous - 28.11.2013 at 19:03  
Rating: 9
Written by LeKiwi on 28.11.2013 at 17:08

Progressive tech death

Just because it's written it doesn't mean it necessarily has to be
LeKiwi - 28.11.2013 at 20:09  
Rating: 9
Written by Ravenous on 28.11.2013 at 19:03

Just because it's written it doesn't mean it necessarily has to be

Fair enough. Where do you hear deathcore elements, then?
psykometal - 28.11.2013 at 21:28  
  Gona have to side with LeKiwi on this one. With Planetary Duality The Faceless completely stepped away from Deathcore. I've listened to the album numerous times since it's release, and I have yet to hear any of the Deathcore sound from Akeldama. So it's written as Progressive tech death because the album IS a Progressive tech death album, not a Deathcore album.
Lit. - 08.12.2013 at 06:57  
  I don't see why it being deathcore would be a problem anyway, unless you're some elitist jack-off.
psykometal - 08.12.2013 at 10:51  
 
Written by Lit. on 08.12.2013 at 06:57

unless you're some elitist jack-off.

Or somebody who genuinely doesn't care for most Deathcore. If it was still a Deathcore album, AND it was a GOOD Deathcore album, I would not snuff my nose at it. For example, in general, I am not a fan of Deathcore, but not because I'm an Elitist snob who doesn't even give Deathcore bands a chance before condemning them.

But that is neither here nor there because this is NOT a Deathcore album.
Uldreth - 08.12.2013 at 14:07  
  As far as I recall this one does have quite some bits of stop-start riffing.

That does not make anything deathcore however, but definitely is a trait that is generally associated with -core music since pretty much all -core music aside from the earliest hardcore bands make heavy use of stop-start dynamics.
Korah - 22.01.2014 at 09:53  
  Thanks to Jason Becker who played at the beginning of "Legion of the Serpent"

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