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At least two bands share the name Face Down.

1) Face Down (formerly known as Machine God) is a post-thrash/death metal band from Sweden.

In 1993 bass player Joakim (Harju) Hedestedt and drummer Richard Bng started a band called Machine God along with guitarist Alex Linder. The band was soon joined by vocalist Marco Aro.

After the first gig in spring 1994, guitarist Joacim Carlsson (Afflicted, General Surgery) joined up and they decided to change the band name to Face Down. Later that year, Linder was replaced by Niklas Ekstrand (ex-Tiamat) due in part to his basic lack of interest. With this line up, the first demo was recorded and duplicated in over 800 copies. These were widely spread and given away and none were sent out to record companies.

Through word of mouth, the demo was picked up by Soundfront Music. After a gig in Stockholm in spring 1995 the band signed a contract with Roadrunner Records (through Soundfront Music.) That was also the last gig with Ekstrand, who didn’t seem as eager to work as hard as the rest of the band, who in turn doubled their efforts in order to make a great debut album. The album “Mindfield” was recorded in summer 1995 at Soundfront Studio, with acclaimed producer Daniel Bergstrand. Shortly afterwards, Bng left the band. He was soon replaced by drummer Peter Stjrnvind (Unanimated, Merciless) and Face Down was ready for action.

After the release of “Mindfield” in January 96, the band went on an European tour supporting Napalm Death and Crowbar.


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  • CriticalSwitch

    Fuck guitar solos

    29 Apr 3:30pm Reply
  • Idiots-Rule

    I dismiss my comment from 2009. Guitar solos are excellent, but I don't mind them being abscent in music anymore. Face Down is perfect as it is. Too bad things did not work out for them.

    8 Apr 12:22am Reply
  • Wacke666

    Mindfield is such a great 90's album! It's so heavy! The other albums are great, too. Great stuff!

    21 Jul 2014 Reply
  • vonGrav

    The Will To Power is a violent, cathartic masterpiece.

    20 Jul 2014 Reply
  • RxHxBx

    Face Down >>>> The Haunted (w/ Marco Aro) >>>> The Resistance

    28 May 2014 Reply
  • spikeyben

    da`fuck? these guys split up again? goddamit!

    31 Oct 2011 Reply
  • iqwell

    The Twisted Rule the Wicked -подобного уже не будет наверно(((, шедевра

    15 Feb 2011 Reply
  • itnasnimus


    16 Dec 2010 Reply
  • nuttersuclan

    Anyone who didn't get the last demo (2006, after WTP) really's probably their strongest material. I miss this band soo much!

    18 Sep 2010 Reply
  • Mechanisms

    Sucks these guys broke up again after such a come back with the will to power

    31 Jan 2010 Reply
  • Idiots-Rule

    I like "Mindfield", but I think it'd have been better with guitar soloes (sorry, I'm a guitar-solo freak).

    8 May 2009 Reply
  • BenOnUserstyles

    Yeah... RIP??

    2 Apr 2009 Reply
  • Aki_A

    This is strange. I found The Will to Power from my hardrive. Apparently it has been there since June 2006 and I never listened it before. :O Sounds pretty good.

    4 Oct 2007 Reply
  • Xeddin

    Real good $h1t. Must have 4 all slipknot fans.

    28 Jan 2007 Reply
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    21 Nov 2006 Reply

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