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Encino, Los Angeles CA, United States (2003 – present)

The Faceless is an American band from Encino, California, formed in 2003. They released their début album, Akeldama in November 2006, and a follow-up, Planetary Duality, in November 2008. The band′s most recent album, Autotheism, was released on August 14, 2012.

The Faceless was formed in Encino, California by guitarist Michael Keene and bassist Brandon Giffin in 2003, with the original band name “The Faithless. ” In the winter of 2005, the band began work on a 4 song EP which would become the band′s début record Akeldama. After recording the drum tracks, drummer Brett Batdorf left the band. After a break in the recording process, the band decided to make the EP into a full–length record and recruited several drummers to finish the drum tracks for the remaining songs. They released their debut album Akeldama in 2006 and toured extensively with bands such as Necrophagist, Decapitated, Nile, and The Black Dahlia Murder. The band went through several fill-in drummers before adding current drummer Lyle Cooper to their line-up.

The Faceless would then release their sophomore full–length album, Planetary Duality, in November 2008. The album débuted at #119 on the Billboard 200. The record was critically acclaimed and brought The Faceless a new level of success. Soon after its release the band toured with acts such as Meshuggah, Lamb of God and In Flames. Prior to their performance at California Metalfest IV, co-founding member and bassist Brandon Giffin announced that he would no longer be in the group.


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  • Pilsvogell

    The Autotheist Movement (all parts) are equally beautiful as they are brutal... Is brutiful already a thing??

    Yesterday 11:53am Reply
  • theraz0rsedge

    great discovery

    18 Jun 2:57pm Reply
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  • GodofDeathMetal

    No one else likes Nightmare Fest? It's a terrific live demo.

    29 May 4:09pm Reply
  • GodofDeathMetal

    I got really excited and thought The Faceless was dropping an EP, iPowder. Boooooooo! Oh well, I'll check out Kossuth anyway.

    29 May 3:21pm Reply
  • The_Curator

    so many shit songwriting decisions and those awful lyrics

    24 May 1:19am Reply
  • iPowder

    Greetings! Here is a new ep album, best one so far in 2015 imo. Great sounding technical death that's in the vein of RoS and The Faceless and those types of bands! Please do have a listen here: Kossuth - Mictlan EP

    12 May 5:46pm Reply
  • keeeechee_tyan

    The only bad thing about their music is that their albums are too short.

    7 May 2:27pm Reply
  • roadkillfacepnt

    honestly can't tell if i like Autotheism or not but i feel like i need to give it a few more listens to digest it...

    3 May 11:07pm Reply
  • GodofDeathMetal

    Anyone like the live EP/demo Nightmare Fest?

    28 Apr 4:45pm Reply
  • BrootalK1d

    Akeldama is the best <3

    25 Apr 11:23pm Reply
  • Rollinat

    This band is officially become one of my favorite.

    13 Apr 2:52pm Reply
  • iPowder

    Stoked to hear that Brandon Giffin (original bassist of the band) will be playing on the new album "In Becoming A Ghost" fucking awesome! Brandon will be on some of their tours as well!

    12 Apr 6:36am Reply
  • Schander

    Y'all gotta check out these guys: Irreversible Mechanism

    4 Apr 4:23pm Reply
  • Brandon_Exylum

    That's good news! Sometimes I feel like one of the few who still love this band! Can't wait for new material.

    8 Mar 7:42pm Reply
  • Mr_Maxe

    Justin McKinney is the new Guitarist Don't know if Julian Kersey (Aegaeon) and Chason Westmoreland (Hate Eternal) are full time Members :D

    8 Mar 12:25pm Reply
  • lussyero

    The Michael Keene Experience

    11 Feb 9:35am Reply
  • poohliveslarge

    if you like interesting and ingenious tech death like Faceless, you might like Gorod

    24 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Cabrasevera

    The Bandless

    15 Dec 2014 Reply
  • DanilaM

    Keene should now unite with Suicmez. Just for giggles, because they won't release any music anyway.

    11 Dec 2014 Reply
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