The Faceless   In Becoming a Ghost
3.0
good
Release Date: 2017
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0.0 Carmen | November 27th 17

after 5 years and an entire lineup change in the band, the michael keene project puts out the gayest thing you will ever hear

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3.0 goodJared Floryan | November 29th 17

Oh yeah, Machine Keene and the Vegan Red Beans are at it again! The technical/progressive death metal outfit's fourth full-length LP is altogether an interesting (albeit faulty) album, as well as a marginal improvement over the new offering's predecessor. Ken Sorceron is a far better vocalist than Geoffrey Ficco ever was, while the craftsmanship proves pretty delicious too. Even the production values this time around manage to be less overbearing... kinda. Similar to Autotheism before it, however, In Becoming a Ghost is structurally all over the place, composition choices that work better in theory turn out questionable in execution (wince at the way the flute is integrated into "Digging the Grave"), and whatever singing from Keene that's present becomes irritating to sit through after a while; case in point "I Am," which goes in chiefly thanks to an appearance by Derek Rydquist, yet simultaneously goes off due to the aforementioned cleans interfering. Also, given the songwriting ideas that crop up coupled with the fact that it's been 5 years, why this shit lasts only 42 minutes is beyond me. Anyway, I've gone on long enough... In Becoming a Ghost is generally fine. Gives me the urge to throw a white sheet covered with hummus over myself, so that's something.

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4.5 superbNYdubber | December 5th 17

Definitely in the minority here -- this album is Keene and companies best work yet.

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3.0 goodThor | November 28th 17

The Faceless IV: This Time It's Just Kind Of Ok

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2.0 poorRisodo | March 19th 18

"In Becoming a Ghost" is a joke of extreme bad taste and certainly the worst album of Metal released last year. Nothing works here, everything is bad structured and dubious, even giving me more sensation of laughter than of sonorous satisfaction. The only thing well done here is the production on top of the blast beats, and if it was not for that, i would give a virtually null note to that work, or i would spare my time writing this soundoff. Ridiculous.

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2.0 poorDePlazz | December 12th 17

Genuine suckfest. Keene's egomaniac singing is so ultra gay it hurts oh and he manages to slip in an Extol ripoff again. And Shake the Disease omg come on.

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3.0 goodSacredSerenity | December 7th 17

So far, I really like it. Some kind of strange brew and all over the place but also kind of refreshing.

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0.0 porcupinetheater | December 7th 17

I find their lack of face disturbing.

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3.5 greatLaen | December 6th 17

Better than Autotheism/10. Sorceron kills it on this record.

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0.0 InFiction | December 4th 17

I have a rule that I have to listen to an album twice before I review it. Don't think I'll be reviewing it.

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2.0 poorExhaleTheLight | November 28th 17

I waited 5 years and almost saw them on two occasions before they cancelled to listen to this shit?

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3.0 goodYuriZakhaev | November 27th 17

Not even sure what to think of this. Like it's a lot more interesting than Autotheism, but it's so unbelievably scatterbrained that it doesn't even sound like a Faceless record at some points (flute solo, like what). Sorceron kicks serious ass on here, though. Production is nice and spaced out, so you can hear EVERYTHING without putting much effort into it. And why under 40 minutes?

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2.5 averageColonelWang | November 27th 17

Always hated how short Faceless albums were. They're so consistent (and proggy this time) but it
always sucks having to wait four years for another album just under 40


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4.0 excellentcloakanddagger | November 27th 17

Putting all the recent drama surrounding this band aside, this is a clear step up from Autotheism.

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0.0 MondayTuesday | July 31st 18

in becoming a drug addict

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3.0 goodDimorphic | December 12th 17

How to ruin the future of a promising band.rStep 1: Michael Meame.

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3.0 goodPaul Quinones | December 6th 17

I'm pretty torn on this one guys. Tell me how I feel.

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3.0 goodasaf | December 3rd 17

Cup of Mephistopheles is the biggest question mark

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3.0 goodGroundking | December 3rd 17

I don't like the prevalence of the cleans, and it's kinda boring at times, but gets props for it's production, which is sweet as fuck.

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4.0 excellentBRAman22 | December 1st 17

Not crazy about the prevalence of clean vocals, but the instrumental part of this is sweet. The weird shit added in is alright but I could take it or leave it.

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3.0 goodKyyzen | November 29th 17

Perhaps with more listens I'll find something truly unique, but it's rather boring to sit through. Throwing in a flute is not unique, it's tossing in a gimmick to try and sound unique for the sake of attempting to be unique. Harsh vocals are good and enjoyable, but Keene's cleans are just so cringe worthy that it takes a lot away from the music and makes it hard to listen to. Seriously Keene, we get it, you think you are great at singing and you are trying to flaunt it. Just stop, it sounds far too forced and out of place. I honestly don't mind cleans in a lot of other death metal albums, but it's not done well here.

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4.0 excellentDalton DuBois | November 28th 17

This album is so wonky and all over the place, I absolutely love it!

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0.0 Jacquibim STAFF | November 28th 17

man on cover probably has a face 1/5

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2.5 averageNomos | November 27th 17

Deeply flawed and steeped in drama, but Autotheism it is not. Surprisingly experimental, at the
expense of consistency and flow. It's too scatterbrained to enjoy all the way through. A bizarre
cover song, two interstitial tracks with cringe-worthy spoken word, a lazy instrumental, and two
songs we heard years ago. Swing and a miss.

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