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Release date: 13 August 2012
Style: Progressive death metal, Technical death metal

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01. Autotheist Movement I: Create
02. Autotheist Movement II: Emancipate
03. Autotheist Movement III: Deconsecrate
04. Accelerated Evolution
05. The Eidolon Reality
06. Ten Billion Years
07. Hail Science
08. Hymn Of Sanity
09. In Solitude

The best Death Metal album of 2012

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Lyrics (9)


Line-up
Geoffrey Ficco - vocals
Michael "Machine" Keene - guitars, vocals
Wes Hauch - guitars
Lyle Cooper - drums
Evan Brewer - bass

Staff review by
Apothecary

Rating:
8.7
The Faceless have come a long way already over a career that hasn't even spanned them a decade, proving with each release their ever-evolving skill and maturation as composers. First there was 2006's Akeldama, a release that most everyone would regard as their worst due to its *gasp!* deathcorish elements. Then came 2008, and the band stepped up their game with Planetary Duality, moving further away from their deathcore roots and into some more promising tech death territory. That album brought hope for them to push the new sound even further, and now with 2012's Autotheism, those hopes have been met, the band even further transcending the foolish scene kid wanderings of their past in the process.

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published 09.03.2013 | Comments (6)

Guest review by
ScreamingSteelUS

Rating:
10
Many people criticize Autotheism as being a departure from The Faceless's previous direction, hoping that the progression from Akeldama to Planetary Duality would yield a third album even heavier and more technical than its predecessors. Autotheism is certainly in a much different vein from the band's previous efforts, being more progressive than technical, but it represents their creative and musical height, drawing on multiple influences to form what seems to be the true sound of The Faceless.

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published 12.09.2013 | Comments (2)

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infernaldeath87 - 18.07.2012 at 06:57  
Rating: 8 One more month and this will be in my hands!
techdeath2011 - 20.07.2012 at 05:59  
Rating: 10 Autotheism is supposed to be released August 14th. I can't wait, i've wanted to hear it since Planetary Duality was released.
MetzgerMeister - 22.07.2012 at 20:05  
Rating: 9 Just pre-ordered this! I hope it's as good as Planetary Duality!
Grody2themax - 09.08.2012 at 20:00  
Rating: 10 Based on the the track they uploaded to youtube, (The Eidolon Reality) I have very very high expectations for this album.
Mixhell - 10.08.2012 at 23:38  
Rating: 8 Leaked...and it's weak comparing with Planetary Duality, but still good release.
This album includes big influences of Opeth and Cynic, and probably the biggest problem in album is - more included CLEAN VOCALS, but i can still listen them.

New line-up, new The Faceless! - We'll wait for a new shoot (release) with the new line-up which will include more technical, speedy, brutal things and not too much clean vocals.
Keene can do a lot better than this! C,mon! And for the end of my comment, the score - a small 8/10

Here's the last song from the album (which I thinks is the best track of this release) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDiafZaOUu4
Troy Killjoy - 11.08.2012 at 05:21  
  Did someone just mention Opeth and Cynic in an album thread for The Faceless?
BlueMobius - 11.08.2012 at 05:56  
Rating: 7
Written by Troy Killjoy on 11.08.2012 at 05:21

Did someone just mention Opeth and Cynic in an album thread for The Faceless?


There is a quite obvious Cynic influence on The Faceless. Opeth, I don't know about that so much, but I've never liked Opeth.
Moose - 11.08.2012 at 11:48  
Rating: 10 I hear some Opeth (and Devin Townsend) influences mainly in the first three tracks (The Autotheist Movement's).
It still sounds like The Faceless, but they've become a lot more experimental. Oh and there's quite a lot of clean vocals.

As for my opinion of the album... once it sinks in, I think it'll place anywhere from 1 to 3 in my top albums of the year. Very, very good.
Rulatore - 11.08.2012 at 19:43  
  I can hear some influences of Opeth and Cynic. Couldn't listen to it in it's entirely
Crucifux - 12.08.2012 at 03:07  
 
Quote:
This album includes big influences of Opeth and Cynic


I'll definitely have to look into this now.
Mixhell - 12.08.2012 at 05:17  
Rating: 8 The more you listen, the more you love it
BanksD - 12.08.2012 at 06:06  
  Didn't like PD...but this...this I can see being one of my top albums of this year
TrollandDie - 13.08.2012 at 01:58  
  One-third of the way through and it's already satisfied me more than 70% of the material released this year.
Unhealer - 13.08.2012 at 04:31  
Rating: 9 I decided to check out a song after reading your comments... Deconsecrate was excellent. I really need to check the whole record.
I think it sounds more like BTBAM than Opeth or Cynic, but I can see why you say that.

EDIT: Well, it did sound like a more brutal Watershed at times. What a lovely album.
BaneConall - 14.08.2012 at 16:34  
Rating: 9 Really enjoying this album. It's a really good mix of prog and tech. The only issue I feel with this album right now is that certain parts of it sound like I've heard it before, like they just took a bunch of styles from other bands and threw them together but didn't actually create their own sound.
MechanisT - 14.08.2012 at 21:30  
Rating: 9 Really? That good? I should get my fingers wrapped around this asap.

EDIT: OH BOY. Who woulda thought. It's light years ahead of Planetary Duality. Shit.
MetalDoomMaster - 15.08.2012 at 04:50  
Rating: 8 I don't see the Opeth references, I think the vocals sound a lot like Devin Townsend at times, and the music too. It's a good thing that Keene changed his vocal style from Planetary Duality because that would have gotten old fast. Interested to see how he pulls them off live. Also seems like they are getting further away from the deathcore bullshit.
Void Eater - 15.08.2012 at 05:08  
  Sounds like Devin Townsend going tech death, pretty awesome. Never listened to the previous album, although apparently this is radically different.
BenWasHere - 15.08.2012 at 05:29  
Rating: 10 Even my mom thought the clean vocals/instrumentation sounded like Devin Townsend...
Great album though, one of my favorites from this year. It's definitely still The Faceless but I think they're evolving their sound quite well.
Grody2themax - 15.08.2012 at 06:23  
Rating: 10 You'r an idiot if you thought this wasn't a step up from planetary duality....or you just like more straight forward 1 dimensional tech death.
Unhealer - 15.08.2012 at 16:57  
Rating: 9 Definitely an excellent record. The guitar player is very technical without being a wanker and pulls out very soulful solos when the song asks for it. And there's the fretless bass and the impressive use of the keys and some good vocal melodies along with the growls. Loved it.
BaneConall - 15.08.2012 at 20:16  
Rating: 9
Written by MetalDoomMaster on 15.08.2012 at 04:50

It's a good thing that Keene changed his vocal style from Planetary Duality because that would have gotten old fast.

Judging from the band lineup the vocalist on this release is not the same person as Planetary Duality. I guess that would explain the change in vocal style.
MetalDoomMaster - 15.08.2012 at 21:17  
Rating: 8
Written by BaneConall on 15.08.2012 at 20:16

Written by MetalDoomMaster on 15.08.2012 at 04:50

It's a good thing that Keene changed his vocal style from Planetary Duality because that would have gotten old fast.

Judging from the band lineup the vocalist on this release is not the same person as Planetary Duality. I guess that would explain the change in vocal style.

I meant Keene's clean vocals. The new harsh vocalist actually sounds very similar
BaneConall - 15.08.2012 at 21:59  
Rating: 9
Written by MetalDoomMaster on 15.08.2012 at 21:17

I meant Keene's clean vocals. The new harsh vocalist actually sounds very similar

Oh, I didn't even realize there was someone else doing the clean vocals. Correction fail ...
Unhealer - 15.08.2012 at 22:25  
Rating: 9
Written by MetalDoomMaster on 15.08.2012 at 21:17

I meant Keene's clean vocals. The new harsh vocalist actually sounds very similar


Are Keene's vocals the only cleans that we hear or is the other singer also pulling off some cleans? Because the vocals have some diversity throughout the record.
If that is all work of that guy, that's impressive.
MetalDoomMaster - 15.08.2012 at 22:56  
Rating: 8 When I saw them last year, they had this vocalist and Keene did all the cleans, but the only song they played on this album was "The Eidolon Reality", which he also did the cleans on, so I'm guessing it's all him, but I don't know for sure.
Thrashette - 16.08.2012 at 05:02  
  I also got reminded of Opeth when I listened to this one... It's hard to compare it to Planetary Duality since it's a pretty different style, much more varied and progessive. Their first release never struck me as anything special, but this one and Planetary Duality are both amazing.
zarahuztra - 17.08.2012 at 12:47  
Rating: 9 Think this is a very good album, with well thought out songs. i hear a band that are paying attention n incorporate the influence of many of todays top metal acts, such as opeth, devin townsend, ihsahn, enslaved, dimmu borgir and roy kahn vocal style, alcest, lotsa tech death n prog metal. \m/
Atrus - 17.08.2012 at 18:44  
Rating: 9 Great! Too low compared to Planetary Duality and Akeldama but still better than most albums this year. Some awesome melodies.
Maybe some annoying experimental sounds in Deconsecrate and disliking vocals in Eidolon Reality plus irregular Tracklist order fucks this album.
Overall is an incredible release. I just expected a bit more from The Faceless.
The Voyager - 18.08.2012 at 08:26  
Rating: 9
Written by zarahuztra on 17.08.2012 at 12:47

roy kahn vocal style


You stop disrespecting Roy Khan like that, you hear me?
zarahuztra - 18.08.2012 at 15:41  
Rating: 9
Written by The Voyager on 18.08.2012 at 08:26

Written by zarahuztra on 17.08.2012 at 12:47

roy kahn vocal style


You stop disrespecting Roy Khan like that, you hear me?

if u listen to autotheist movement III: Deconserate from 02:40, i think the song passage is very similar to how roy khan sings, no disrespect to neither singers...
Kamil - 18.08.2012 at 21:26  
Rating: 9 Wow, what an awesome technical stuff is this. Music of this band is fantastic
The Voyager - 18.08.2012 at 21:26  
Rating: 9
Written by zarahuztra on 18.08.2012 at 15:41

if u listen to autotheist movement III: Deconserate from 02:40, i think the song passage is very similar to how roy khan sings, no disrespect to neither singers...


I was joking. I just think that while the passage may sound similar, Khan is a way better singer than Keene could ever hope to be. Honestly the clean vocals are really my only complaint about this album. They seem to lack life to me. But yeah, I was only kidding around.
BlueMobius - 18.08.2012 at 21:56  
Rating: 7 I noticed some of these when listening to Autotheism for the first time.


And I'm not saying the band did this on purpose or that all the examples are that similar, it's just interesting.
Lit. - 19.08.2012 at 01:58  
  Let's see I_ Die_Often bitch about this.
Unhealer - 19.08.2012 at 20:28  
Rating: 9 This will keep happening more and more often as time passes by and more and more bands keep forming and the ones already formed keep releasing new records. If you think about it, it's not too hard that two different bands in the world write the same or similar riff.
When I wrote the first song for my new band, two months later or so I checked out a Pain Of Salvation song that I had never heard before and there was a really similar riff and I noticed it instantly. And no, I'm not going to change my song for that, I would if I noticed I had heard the song before and I was "unconsciously" ripping it off.
Fradd - 20.08.2012 at 05:41  
  Needs more spins, but I like it already.
I_Die_Often - 21.08.2012 at 05:42  
 
Written by Lit. on 19.08.2012 at 01:58

Let's see I_ Die_Often bitch about this.

I'll listen, then I'll trash it
As I've said, maybe their albums are better, but I've had enuf of them live.
Grody2themax - 06.09.2012 at 07:11  
Rating: 10
Written by Unhealer on 19.08.2012 at 20:28

This will keep happening more and more often as time passes by and more and more bands keep forming and the ones already formed keep releasing new records. If you think about it, it's not too hard that two different bands in the world write the same or similar riff.
When I wrote the first song for my new band, two months later or so I checked out a Pain Of Salvation song that I had never heard before and there was a really similar riff and I noticed it instantly. And no, I'm not going to change my song for that, I would if I noticed I had heard the song before and I was "unconsciously" ripping it off.



It happens. The thing a lot of people don't realize is that its not all about the riffs. Having a solid harmonic basis is essential I think, but its also largely about how you put ideas together with drums, vocals, guitar tone, in accordance to song buildup, ect. TF's new record is one of the most original sounding albums I've heard in a while, even though you can tell it was inspired a lot by Devin Townsend, Opeth, and a mix of a lot of new metal lately. Even though there are a few riffs in their that sound similar, the album comes off as undeniably different than those bands. Notice the production, songwriting, wide range of instrument tones, vocal variety, and diverse amount of influences. It ranges from sounding like The Faceless's brand of tech death, to Opeth, Devin, and Mr Bungle mainly. Yet when listening to the whole album, these influences all sound organic and fit together well.

I don't mean to sound pretentious here, but riffs are a pretty juvenile way of looking at things I think. Sure it sounds great in typical death/black/thrash metal, but you can't create strong dynamics with a bunch of typical guitar riffs. Metal itself is a pretty constant style of music, meaning that it doesn't change much. Its usually a brutal assault that lasts a whole song. My point in saying this paragraph is that its sort of pathetic when people get overly critical of similar riffs/riff stealing, when riffs themselves are just sort of blocks that you could use to form a composition of a row of blocks. The real interesting things come, imo, when compositions include a well thought out arrangement of these blocks, with different transitions between them, and harmonies/counterpoint ideas on top of these riffs which obscure the riff into something more spread out/built up.
Diamonds - 08.09.2012 at 14:30  
  If this album has less interludes, I might enjoy it... Because maybe I'm the only one who thinks so but 3 tracks under 2 minutes long (and if I recall correctly) with no vocals on an only 8 track album seems kind of lazy. It might be different if the rest of the songs were 7 - 8 minutes but.. They're not.
Opethshed - 16.09.2012 at 18:15  
Rating: 9 Well.....is there anyone think some riff in this release makes you think of the background music of Rockman X (Or you call...Megaman X)....:D
Next, good for The Faceless to have this special shot of try and put so many creativity inside their new album, not only brutal and harsh guitar solo to demonstrate how skillful the guitarist can be.
In my opinion, if their is no death vocal, this album can be another taste of masterpiece. Sometimes I think death vocal in this album is superfluous..
Cill O' Connor - 22.09.2012 at 01:48  
  Anyone else think the clean vocals on this album sound extremely like Devin Townsend? I got pissed off while listening because I thought that Devin had "collaborated" with another metal band and thus ruined another album for me (I'm mostly referring to his work with Ihsahn and, yes, I've grown to strongly dislike Townsend's music).

In short, the clean vocals ruined what could have been a great album.
Unhealer - 22.09.2012 at 06:46  
Rating: 9
Written by Cill O' Connor on 22.09.2012 at 01:48

Anyone else think the clean vocals on this album sound extremely like Devin Townsend? I got pissed off while listening because I thought that Devin had "collaborated" with another metal band and thus ruined another album for me (I'm mostly referring to his work with Ihsahn and, yes, I've grown to strongly dislike Townsend's music).

In short, the clean vocals ruined what could have been a great album.


So you are saying Ihsahn's latest album was completely ruined since Devin sings a couple of seconds in just one song?
Either way, I can understand you don't like Devin's music, but sounds a bit childish to hate everything he participates in. And more with such minimal collaborations as in Eremita.
Cill O' Connor - 22.09.2012 at 10:24  
 
Written by Unhealer on 22.09.2012 at 06:46

Written by Cill O' Connor on 22.09.2012 at 01:48

Anyone else think the clean vocals on this album sound extremely like Devin Townsend? I got pissed off while listening because I thought that Devin had "collaborated" with another metal band and thus ruined another album for me (I'm mostly referring to his work with Ihsahn and, yes, I've grown to strongly dislike Townsend's music).

In short, the clean vocals ruined what could have been a great album.


So you are saying Ihsahn's latest album was completely ruined since Devin sings a couple of seconds in just one song?
Either way, I can understand you don't like Devin's music, but sounds a bit childish to hate everything he participates in. And more with such minimal collaborations as in Eremita.


No, I'm saying Townsend ruined it FOR ME. I'm not claiming it as fact, some people liked it. (And to clarify, one song alone did not ruin the entire album, but it contributed to an entire album that just wasn't to my taste). I never said I hate Devin Townsend, I said strongly dislike. I used to like him, but I've lost all interest in him in recent albums, partly due to the vocals he's been using. Why you think strongly disliking an artist is 'childish', is beyond me.
Unhealer - 22.09.2012 at 16:45  
Rating: 9
Written by Cill O' Connor on 22.09.2012 at 10:24

Why you think strongly disliking an artist is 'childish', is beyond me.


Oh, that's a lot better. It's not childish, I just got you wrong.
I_Die_Often - 23.09.2012 at 02:42  
 
Written by I_Die_Often on 21.08.2012 at 05:42

Written by Lit. on 19.08.2012 at 01:58

Let's see I_ Die_Often bitch about this.

I'll listen, then I'll trash it
As I've said, maybe their albums are better, but I've had enuf of them live.


I actually have a copy in my itunes now, I'll listen to it someday.
R'Vannith - 04.10.2012 at 18:17  
Rating: 8 Yeah some heavy HevyDevy worship going on here. Addictive though.
katarsis - 27.10.2012 at 00:33  
Rating: 8 Honestly expected more from this album, Planetary Duality I'll take out unless something better in the future
LeKiwi - 17.11.2012 at 04:29  
Rating: 9 Much more sophisticated song structures than Planetary Duality. Although that album did have it's positive aspects, each song on this album stands out significantly more. In addition, I think the clean vocals render the music much more interesting.
tea[m]ster - 17.11.2012 at 10:32  
  Tried this band, not my thing. I can take Obscura and Nile better than this. Fair comparison? I am really not into technical death metal.

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