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Planetary Duality

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1. Prison Born
2. The Ancient Covenant
3. Shape Shifters [Instrumental]
4. Coldly Calculated Design
5. Xenochrist
6. Sons of Belial
7. Legion of the Serpent
8. Planetary Duality I: Hideous Revelation
9. Planetary Duality II: A Prophecies Fruition

Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 11, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sumerian Records
  • ASIN: B001H1OUY8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,721 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Shades Of Gray on May 17, 2009
Format: Audio CD
I first heard this album when it came out in november 2008. Their first album, akeldama, didn't really do anything for me but upon listening to planetary duality i was very open-minded.

This album's got a long-list of positives. First of all, it's a concept album. Everything from the lyrics to the overall atmosphere of the almost flows together. The main concept being, in my opinion, comparing today's socital ills to the global decimation of alien beings. Every line in every song is well thought out. Second, the guitar work is incredible. Everything from slow crushing riffs (beginning of sons of belial, end of planetary duality II: prophecie's fruition) to really progg-y/groovy riffs (xenochrist, the ancient covenant). Also, there are solos in every song, and none let up in their amazing-ness. The drumming is stupendous and is so is the bass. In summation, the instrumentation is this album is flawless. The production is crystal clear, and the vocals are sicker than i've ever heard.

The only real complaint i have about this album is that the drums are too loud and over shadow the guitar from time to time.

I'd recommend this to all death metal fans really, in my opinion the best release of 08 and 09 up to May 09.

Favorite Tracks:

*****
Xenochrist
Planetary Duality II: Prophecies Fruition
Planetary Duality I: Hideous Revelation
Legions Of The Serpant
Ancient Covenant
Prison Born
Shape Shifters

****
Coldly Calculated Design
Sons Of Belial
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. M. Gillum on April 17, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Are you a fan of fast paced brutal insanity with face melting guitars and break neck drumming patterns? Do you enjoy bands that step outside the box and experiment with their sound and/or style? Does the ideal of aliens, area 51 and the complete annihilation of the human race interest you? If you answered yes, shook your head yes or continued reading intently due to the sheer excitement of what might come next, chances are this album is for you! Thanks for reading, now put back on your aluminum foil helmet, they might be listening!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mike on July 2, 2009
Format: Audio CD
The Faceless has released an outstanding album that's absolutely worth checking out. The band specializes in technical death metal in the melodic vein. What do I mean by that? Well, I was listening to this CD and it reminded me of groups like Cynic, Bloodbath, Opeth, Meshuggah, Death, and Soilwork... oh, and with a touch of black metal, too. Bottom line: It's technical, but it has its melodic parts and is absolutely musical (unlike the technical death metal that's purely noise.)

I recommend this to fans of metal. I highly recommend it to fans of extreme metal or any of the groups I may have listed above.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brett on March 18, 2009
Format: Audio CD
One day when I was at a local FYE, I happened to pick this up at random, without ever hearing The Faceless before, while I've heard OF them. I was impressed by the cover art, it made it look epic. But I figured looks can be deceiving, so I listened to some samples and thought I'd give the album a shot, so I bought it... Man, the samples hardly did it any justice. I was really impressed after my first listen. They put a few unexpected twists here and there that add onto the overall vibe and atmosphere of the album (such as "Shape Shifters," something totally different for a tech-death album). My only beef with this album, however, is that it's way too short, but it's not enough for me to take off the 5th star. Other than that, it's a very solid album, doesn't get boring at all. This is an essential album for every tech-death metal collection, I recommend it for anyone looking for something new.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Stutheit on March 8, 2013
Format: Audio CD
The Faceless' second full-length effort cements the group's status as being easily one of the best progressive deathgrind bands of the new millennium. Always carefully-calculated, uber-tight, and technical, 2008's "Planetary Duality" is equally brutal and beautiful. It traffics in all of the usual tech-metal trademarks: Technical thrash riffs, grinding blasts, Deicide-like vocal patterns, and most importantly, superbly technical, wailing, deliciously melodic/proggy guitar solos. So even though the California-bred quintet wear their influences proudly on their sleeves, they still manage to sound at least somewhat original and innovative.

"Prison Born" begins with about eight seconds of ominous feedback before ruthlessly slamming into a bludgeoning death metal/grind onslaught with technical guitar work and calamitous blasts flying every which way. The opener tosses in a nicely harmonic guitar solo, and a few slower, bobbing breakdowns; but for the most part, this is still a totally devastating aural train wreck of a song. The vocals, meanwhile, are very Cryptopsy-esque, as they range from mid-ranged yells, high-pitched screams, deathly growls, and even vocals that verge on near pig-squeal territory at times. "The Ancient Covenant" opens with a terrifically fast and dexterous bass intro before exploring some infectious guitar work (including awesome harmonic leads and a clean, Marty Friedman-esque solo). And it is all anchored by more impeccable, driving drums.

"Shape Shifters" really fleshes out The Faceless' progressive influence, as it is a brief little interlude track comprised of one dreamy, melodic string arrangement.
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