Formed in 2017 by former Static-X, Dope and Murderdolls guitarist Tripp Eisen, New Jersey quintet FACE WITHOUT FEAR have already created a buzz on YouTube with a brand new teaser video. And for good reason. The clips you can hear, which are from the group’s first single entitled “Deliverance”, immediately draw you in with gritty yet polished guitar work, electronic sampling, and metal vocals infused with surprisingly refined melodic phrasing. In terms of lyricism, the concepts of individualism, liberty, and freedom, as well as the universal experience with human relationships permeate their lyrics. The band also takes inspiration from the conceptual and futuristic world of Ayn Rand and is where the band’s name is drawn from….. the face without fear (Atlas Shrugged Part 2, Chapter 9).
Eisen combed the entire East Coast searching for the right chemistry and like-minded creative souls, and soon added lead vocalist/guitarist Kenny “Mantis” Hoyt and drummer T.J. Cooke, both local legends themselves, of Crushpile and Methodical, respectively. Guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Dante rounds out the band.
Tripp was one of the founding members of NYC industrial groundbreakers Dope, as well as The Murderdolls whom he put together in 2000 with Slipknot drummer, Joey Jordison. He is best known as the guitarist for Warner Bros multi-platinum recording artists Static-X (2000-2005). While with the band, Tripp co-wrote much of the band’s material including “The Only”, one of Static-X’s biggest hits to date. While with the band, he toured extensively through 4 album cycles and 20 countries, and also conceived the band’s first comic book (published by Chaos Comics).
FACE WITHOUT FEAR has flavors of Tripp’s previous projects along with elements of rock, metal, and punk. The product is an industrial, nu-metal, groove-oriented mash. Eisen says, “This is the industrial-metal heritage that I’ve immersed myself in through the years; combining everything I’ve played since my inception, through many collaborations and crucibles and on up to this current incarnation. It’s not just mindlessness and meaningless lyrics over metalized riffing and programming, we want to give our audience something to think about.” The band’s live show will feature an album’s worth of original material, plus a few treats for fans of Tripp’s previous projects as well as a few dynamic updated covers by such artists as The Beatles, The Ramones, and The Misfits.
“Deliverance,” the first track from the band will be released in full length to the public in June. The first demo of the song dates back to Tripp’s time in Static-X, and with Kenny’s help, it’s been updated and supercharged. “I am the real thing, won’t you breathe in me, remove your disguise, even if it bleeds, I want the real thing” …. Says the vocalist: “It’s about bearing your soul, allowing your true identity to be seen by others and the vulnerability that goes along with it.”
Additional tracks the group intends to release this summer include “My Parasite,” a song which reflects on a force that attaches and won’t let go until it drains the host, which could be interpreted in several ways. “The Zero” is a profile on the type of person that dedicates their life to the worship of human flaws. In contrast, is the person that strives to embrace human achievement and finds joy in the experiences of life and positive thinking; who combats The Zero. The band’s creative range will also be demonstrated in the upcoming tracks: “It Never Ends”, Magnolia Blooms”, “Independence”.
The recording was done at Trax East Studios in South River New Jersey while Mixing and Mastering was done by industry pro-Chris Collier (Prong, Korn, Whitesnake, Hed p.e.).
Programming is provided by Reg S. of Encryption, Spydah and Chris Pennie (Dillinger Escape Plan, Coheed, and Cambria).
In addition, Eisen has been an integral part of the Static-X reunion and related album, from inception to songwriting content. Many of his unreleased collaborations with the late Wayne Static will be featured, as well as brand new tracks, as heard in Static-X’s current teaser videos. Eisen also played guitar on the updated versions of several ‘Wisconsin Death Trip’ songs.