The Faceless is the type of band with no true definition. Their sound has wavered and progressed ever since their formation in 2004; from the nefarious and intricate composition their debut album Akeldama coined, to the more melodic and inventive direction that their most recent release Autotheism took.
The band is driven by guitarist and vocalist Michael Keene, a highly innovative musician whose talent surpasses norms and results in nothing short of creative genius. From the work that he proved as the main-man for The Faceless to his highly anticipated solo album titled Slaves and Masters, Keene shows us his ideas fluctuate and every release will never be parallel. The troupe that joins Keene consists of indomitable guitarist Wes Hauch, extraordinary bassist Evan Brewer, percussion perfectionist Alex Rudinger and indurate vocalist Geoffrey Fico.
A live show from The Faceless is one that the audience continually holds with them. During their set, they started with the entirety of the Autotheist Movement and played other popular tracks from Autotheism such as Accelerated Evolution. Fans also became belligerent when tracks from their sophomore album Planetary Duality were played, such as Xenochrist. Even without Brewer joining them, they still played a perfect set. The Faceless is eloquent in their nature to where they remain unpredictable, yet they’re vigorous activity captivates listeners. In short, they’re a band that will remain perpetual.
The Age of Metal was able to speak to Michael Keene while they were on the Parallax II tour at The Plaza Live in Orlando, Florida. In the interview we discuss: the Parallax II tour, the concept behind the music video for Accelerated Evolution they’re currently recording, an in-depth look at their lyricism and songwriting, their work for their upcoming cover album, some new information on Keene’s solo album, and the future of The Faceless.
Remaining tour dates for The Faceless:
10/03 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre
10/04 Seattle, WA El Corazon
10/05 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom
10/07 Calgary, AB The Republik
10/08 Edmonton, AB Starlite Room
10/09 Winnipeg, MB Garrick Centre
10/11 Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theater
10/12 Chicago, IL Metro
10/13 Detroit, MI Majestic Theatre
10/14 Louisville, KY Headliner’s Music Hall
10/16 New York City, NY Best Buy Theatre
10/17 Worcester, MA The Palladium
10/18 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
10/19 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of Living Arts
10/20 Cleveland, OH Peabody’s Downunder
10/21 Pittsburgh, PA Mr. Small’s Theatre
10/23 Baltimore, MD Sound Stage
10/24 Asheville, NC The Orange Peel
10/25 Nashville, TN Cannery Ballroom