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Planetary Duality

The FacelessAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (November 11, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sumerian Records
  • ASIN: B001H1OUY8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,027 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars well-done 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Science Fiction + Brutality = Planetary Duality 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Well Executed And Conceived July 2, 2009
By Mike
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Very well-crafted, but too short! March 18, 2009
By Brett
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Totally awesome, bab-ay!! 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
A must have album if your into prog metal. Gets a tad bit old after awhile. Almost a little repetitive, but still worth a listen.
Published 2 months ago by Jonathan Harrison
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't get any better than this
Love great vocals and super technical drumming that will blow your mind? This is the album for you. In my top 5 favorite albums of all time. Not much has come close to it.
Published 5 months ago by Boona
5.0 out of 5 stars Planetary Awesomeness (5 Stars)
The Faceless are one of those modern technical death metal bands that have really caught my attention ever since I first listened to their 2006 debut album "Akeldama" five years... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jeremy Brackeen
5.0 out of 5 stars Whole new level
When I started listening to this album I couldn't stop. It's got everything you need from a metal album. Buy it!
Published 12 months ago by Ol' Sweetpea
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
Also very very good. Maybe not as great as akeldama but still it's the faceless and its superb. Have a good day it wants me to write more words ok
Published 14 months ago by IndyColtsFanJen
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Album of All Time
With this album, The Faceless did something phenomenal. I have always been captivated by the ideas of metaphysics and aliens. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Timothy Mueller
5.0 out of 5 stars The Faceless' best album to date
If I had to have a soundtrack for my life, this would be it. Possibly the greatest technical death metal album ever made. Pure genius.
Published 16 months ago by Tuvshin_9595
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty cool album
I love the instruments.. But that's about it. The guitarists singing is good, but I've never been a big fan of the main vocalist for the band, though there are sections I really... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Jeremy Jensen
5.0 out of 5 stars Mind Blown!!!
This album is perfect. Not your regular caveman Death Metal. Three words to describe this album:
Creative!!!
Brutal!!!
Instrumentally Precise and Brilliant!!! Read more
Published 18 months ago by Cameron M. Barkley
5.0 out of 5 stars Sumerian?? Really??
I am not bashing Sumerian Records, really , I am not. I even like some other bands on the label. Planetary Duality by The Faceless is a monster album. Read more
Published on June 19, 2012 by W. Jackson
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