For a band that has not released an album in half a decade (or any new music in two years), progressive death metallers The Faceless have been the subject of much media attention lately. Their abandonment of two recent Australian and European tours has been met with a mix of confusion, conflicting perspectives and a fair amount of disappointment from fans, promoters and supporting bands. Such events have almost eclipsed earlier hints at a new The Faceless album.
Now, in a somewhat surprising and almost unavoidably controversial move, the Michael Keene-led group have dropped a new song and jumped on The Summer Slaughter Tour, alongside The Black Dahlia Murder, Dying Fetus, Oceano, Slaughter To Prevail, Origin, Rings of Saturn, Betraying The Martyrs, and Lorna Shore. The song “Black Star” can be streamed here:
Just short of six minutes, the song features a mix of odd-time riffs, Keene’s distinctive singing, atmospheric death metal and proggy interludes alongside lyrical leads. It remains to seen how the song will be received by fans considering other recent events, and whether or not the song will be accompanied by a new album.
You can check out all bands on The Summer Slaughter Tour at the dates below:
7/27 – Reading, PA @ Reverb
7/28 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
7/29 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
7/30 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
8/02 – Knoxville, TN @ The International
8/03 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
8/05 – Austin, TX @ Come & Take It Live
8/06 – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live!
8/07 – Houston, TX @ House Of Blues
8/09 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
8/10 – Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee
8/11 – Anaheim, CA @ Grove of Anaheim
8/12 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Novo
8/13 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
8/15 – San Francisco, CA @ The UC Theatre
8/17 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
8/19 – Denver, CO @ The Summit Music Hall
8/21 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Cabooze
8/22 – Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall
8/23 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s
8/25 – Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theater
8/26 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre & Ballroom
Tickets are available here.