Los Angeles, California-based based progressive death metal band THE FACELESS is holed up in guitarist Michael Keene's studio recording its new album, "Planetary Duality", due on November 11 via Sumerian Records. The group has finished tracking drums for the effort and has just started to lay down the guitar tracks. Keene states, 'The drums are sounding great! I decided to just go for more of a natural sound with this CD. We didn't want it to sound punched in or do too much sound replacing. When dealing with sound replacing, it's not really possible to replicate. I'd rather get the best natural takes that we can and have it sound real instead of sounding like computer music."
Regarding the concept of the new record, Keene explains, "There are a lot of underlying themes within the album title, the idea that these inter-dimensional beings are from another planet similar to our own and a lot of the development on earth is directly related to their influence. There is also the other layer of it, the idea that we're only aware of the one dimension we exist in but there's more to our planet than that."
Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "The Ancient Covenant", "Xenochrist" and the two-part title track, "Planetary Duality Pt. 1" and "Planetary Duality Pt. 2". Speaking on the meaning of "The Ancient Covenant", Keene said, "'The Ancient Covenant' is about an agreement between man and the inter-dimensional beings, sort of similar to the rules of engagement so to speak, between these two life forms."
THE FACELESS recently announced a month-long headlining tour kicking off on October 17 to promote "Planetary Duality". Support on the trek will come from ABIGAIL WILLIAMS, DECREPIT BIRTH, VEIL OF MAYA, and NEURAXIS.
THE FACELESS' debut album, "Akeldama", was released in 2006 via Sumerian Records.
Metal Injection has posted video footage of THE FACELESS performing a new song, "Xenochrist", on June 28, 2008 at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, New Jersey. Watch the clip below.