August 7 street date. For the past five years, Australia's Faceless Burial have been flying the flag of classicist 90s death metal, first across a demo in 2015 and then the subsequent (and acclaimed) "Grotesque Miscreation" debut album in 2017, along with the follow-up "Multiversal Abattoir" 12-inch a year later. Those latter two recordings, in particular, portrayed the potency of this power-trio, displaying an unremittingly dark and dexterous sound which draws in a variety of death metal traditions. Going from strength to strength, the band play their strongest hand yet with the full-length "Speciation". Altogether sharper and more finessed than all previous, this release spreads unimaginable death metal might with malignant ease across its deceptively epic 36-minute runtime.
September 4 street date. Altogether sharper and more finessed than all previous, "Speciation" spreads unimaginable DEATH METAL MIGHT with malignant ease. Faceless Burial exude a charisma that's totally their own, which largely comes down to the song writing itself. Where the preceding records maintained a murky 'n' malodorous aspect, that was predominantly in the sound itself; here on "Speciation", it's been parlayed into the tense 'n' treacherous textures they explore. Otherwise, no great changes have been made, nor should there be: forever twisting and never stagnating, each of these six songs reveals new corridors through which to spelunk, and efficiently so across the album’s deceptively epic 36-minute runtime. Adorned with form-meeting-content cover artwork, "Speciation" is bound to be the year's most forward-thinking/backwards-looking death metal album.
November 18 street date. Clocking in at just under 40 minutes with 6 diverse tracks woven into a singularity, this new record lives up to the name Faceless Burial with exquisitely interesting and gripping music that shall hold even the dullest attention span thanks to the malignant heaviness and contorting progressions that are offered in abundance without feeling too haphazard (though definitely chaotic). As soon as anything can become comfortable, an angular change shifts into play with barbaric aggression conveying extremely intricate music. Astonishingly, it feels in their 8 years of musical life, Faceless Burial continue to reach deeper into new grounds, never rehashing or parodying themselves in their quest for the ultimate in complex Death Metal magnificence.
January 20 street date. Since 2014, Australian death metal trio Faceless Burial have provided Dark Descent with two scorching albums, an EP and a demo. Well it is now time to see if this winning streak of brutality continues! Never a band to falter, "At The Foothills Of Deliration" begins on blast-beats and firestorms of malevolent riffing, with more deliciously warped bass lines that provide an intricate tapestry of sound, along with squealing leads and gargantuan vocals. The punchiness and utterly monolithic production instantly captivates the mind while the musicianship bends into inhuman shapes from the onset, taking one into cosmic realms and sepulchral crypts in sweeps of dynamic brilliance. The technical edge is still very much present, thus fans of insane musicianship can rest easy, faces will melt. That said, this is no obnoxious show of skill without substance as the previous material can attest to. No, Faceless Burial are masterful songwriters as well, who can string together beautiful atmospherics and odious grooves into an unimaginably bold and vibrant yet still filthily heavy cut of death metal.