Former Members Of The Faceless & The Black Dahlia Murder Join Forces In Shared Trauma

Derek Rydquist (John Frum, ex-The Faceless), Ryan “Bart” Williams (ex-The Black Dahlia Murder), Michael Sherer (ex-The Faceless), Brandon Griffin (ex-The Faceless), and John Thomas have joined forces in a new project called Shared Trauma. The band’s first single, “Radiant Prison,” can be streamed below:

[via Metal Injection]

The Faceless Still Planning To Release Remixed/Remastered Version Of “Planetary Duality”

The Faceless were previously planning to release a remixed/remastered version of “Planetary Duality” in 2018, but that never ended up happening. Now, Michael Keene has told The Big Shred Podcast that he is still planning to release an updated version of the album:

“I always felt it didn’t quite get the mix that it deserved. So now that I finally have the chance to give it the mix it deserves, I’m really, really stoked to be doing that. Everyone I’ve played it for, musicians, non-musicians—non-musicians that are familiar with the record—everyone can hear the night and day difference. It sounds really, really good, I’m super super proud of it and stoked for people to hear it.”

[via The PRP]

Devin Townsend Shares New Track “Heavy Factions”

Devin Townsend has shared a new track called “Heavy Factions” as part of his “Quarantine Project.” This latest song features Wes Hauch (ex-The Faceless, etc.), Liam Wilson (Azusa, ex-The Dillinger Escape Plan), and Samus Paulicelli (Decrepit Birth). Townsend commented

“Heres a heavier demo idea. I recorded the drums with Samus during the Empath sessions. Liam plays bass and Wes does a ripping solo. Its all about balance I guess, sometimes chill, sometimes frantic. This would be ‘frantic’ =) I hope you have a good weekend. Please take care of yourself and your loved ones. Dont let the stress get you down, try to write some music or make some art maybe this weekend? …or cookies? They’re good too…“

Devin Townsend Recruits Former Members Of The Dillinger Escape Plan, Decapitated, Etc. For Summer Tour

During a recent interview with MetalSucks, Devin Townsend revealed the artists that will be joining him during his summer touring. They include: guitarist Wes Hauch (ex-The Faceless/Black Crown Initiate), bassist Liam Wilson (Azusa, ex-The Dillinger Escape Plan), and drummer Kerim “Krimh” Lechner (Septicflesh, ex-Decapitated).

Townsend said the following:

“The next [touring] thing is Volume 2, which I’m starting with all these festivals — we’re doing Rock am Ring, Rock im Park, Bloodstock, Tuska, Wacken, and Hellfest. And that is a different group of people, which is an amazing group of people. I basically did a poll online and said, ‘What do you want to hear?’ from the entire catalogue, Strapping included. For the Volume 2 thing, which I will then bring to North America later, it’s those songs, which is a shit load of Strapping, a shit load of DTP, all of the stuff that people want to hear.

For the summer, I’ve got a band — but it’s a four person band — and at this point it looks like it’ll have Wes Hauch, who played with me on 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise. He was in The Faceless and Glass Casket. Such a fuckin’ good guitar player, holy shit. And Krimh playing drums, who was with Septicflesh, Decapitated, and Behemoth.

Super strong player and he can blast with the same volume as he does with the groovy stuff. It looks like it’s gonna be Liam who used to be in Dillinger Escape Plan playing bass. Really great guys, super confident players. Good vibes.

I want that tour — the Volume 2 thing — to be completely different. I want it to be open to the audience and to say, ‘What do you want to hear?’ There’s 25 records full of shit. There’s Strapping, there’s Terria, there’s Ziltoid, there’s DTP, there’s DTB, there’s all this shit. Tell me what you want me to play, and I’ll play that. So, that’s the tour after this one that’s coming up.”

Once Human, Possessed, Etc. Added To 2020 70000 Tons Of Metal Cruise

More bands have been added to the 2020 70000 Tons Of Metal Cruise. The cruise, which is set to take place on January 7-11, will sail from Florida to Cozumel, Mexico and back and it will now feature the following: Aborted, Aeternam, Aether Realm, The Agonist, Archon Angel, At The Gates, Atheist, Axxis, Bloodbound, Brujeria, Candlemass, Carach Angren, Cattle Decapitation, Cruachan, Dark Matter, Edenbridge, Einherjer, Emperor, Epica, Ereb Altor, Exodus, Finntroll, FirstBourne, Flotsam And Jetsam, Ghost Ship Octavius, Grave Digger, Haggard, Havok, Ihsahn, Incantation, Kampfar, Kissin’ Dynamite, Leaves’ Eyes, Michael Schenker Fest, Moonsorrow, No Raza, Novembers Doom, Omnium Gatherum, Once Human, Origin, Orphaned Land, Possessed, Ross The Boss, Seven Witches, Soen, Sortilège, Spoil Engine, Stam1na, Striker, Suffocation, The Faceless, Devin Townsend, Toxik, Trollfest, Venom, Vio-lence, Whiplash, Wilderun, Wintersun, Without Waves, and Zero Theorem.

Vio-lence, Brujeria, Etc. Added To 2020 70000 Tons Of Metal Cruise

More bands have been added to the 2020 70000 Tons Of Metal Cruise. The cruise, which is set to take place on January 7-11, will sail from Florida to Cozumel, Mexico and back and it will now feature the following: Aborted, Aeternam, Aether Realm, Archon Angel, At The Gates, Atheist, Axxis, Bloodbound, Brujeria, Candlemass, Carach Angren, Cattle Decapitation, Cruachan, Devin Townsend, Edenbridge, Einherjer, Emperor, Epica, Exodus, Finntroll, Flotsam And Jetsam, Ghost Ship Octavius, Grave Digger, Haggard, Havok, Ihsahn, Incantation, Kampfar, Kissin’ Dynamite, Leaves Eyes, Michael Schenker Fest, Moonsorrow, Novembers Doom, Omnium Gatherum, Origin, Orphaned Land, Ross The Boss, Seven Witches, Soen, Sortilège, Stam1na, Suffocation, The Agonist, The Faceless, Toxik, Trollfest, Venom, Vio-lence, Whiplash, and Wintersun.

Exodus, The Faceless, Etc. Added To 2020 70000 Tons Of Metal Cruise

More bands have been added to the 2020 70000 Tons Of Metal Cruise. The cruise, which is set to take place on January 7-11, will sail from Florida to Cozumel, Mexico and back and it will now feature the following: Aborted, Aether Realm, Archon Angel, At The Gates, Atheist, Axxis, Bloodbound, Candlemass, Carach Angren, Cattle Decapitation, Cruachan, Devin Townsend, Edenbridge, Einherjer, Emperor, Epica, Exodus, Finntroll, Flotsam And Jetsam, Ghost Ship Octavius, Grave Digger, Haggard, Havok, Ihsahn, Incantation, Kampfar, Kissin’ Dynamite, Leaves Eyes, Michael Schenker Fest, Moonsorrow, Novembers Doom, Omnium Gatherum, Origin, Orphaned Land, Seven Witches, Soen, Sortilège, Stam1na, Suffocation, The Agonist, The Faceless, Trollfest, Venom, Whiplash, and Wintersun.

Devin Townsend Recruits Megadeth, Bad Wolves, Etc. Members For 70000 Tons Of Metal Cruise Performance

Devin Townsend has confirmed that guitarist Wes Hauch (ex-The Faceless/Black Crown Initiate), bassist Kyle Konkiel (Bad Wolves), and drummer Dirk Verbeuren (Megadeth/ex-Soilwork) will be joining him for his performance aboard the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise. That cruise will set sail from Florida to Cozumel, Mexico on January 7-11 and it will find Townsend playing a heavier set.

Michael Keene Says The Faceless Have Two Releases In The Works

In looks like The Faceless have a couple of releases in the works. Michael Keene confirmed the news on Twitter:

The Faceless Announce West Coast Dates With Dead Eyes Always Dreaming

The Faceless have announced some West Coast shows with Dead Eyes Always Dreaming. Here’s the dates:

07/12 Fresno, CA – Full Circle Brewery
07/13 Sacramento, CA – The Boardwalk
07/14 Bend, OR – Third Street Pub
07/15 Portland, OR – Bossanova
07/16 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
07/17 Spokane, WA – The Pin

As previously reported, The Faceless will also be hitting the road on The Summer Slaughter Tour.