Formed in 2017 by former Static-X 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 track entitled "Deliverance", immediately draw you in with gritty yet polished guitar work, electronic sampling, and metal vocals infused with surprisingly refined melodic phrasing. Within the lyrics, 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 it is where the band conceived of their name... 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 of Crushpile and guitarist / multi-instrumentalist Dante. The recent additions of Reg S. on bass, who has been working for the band for several years as one of their programmers, and drummer John, a touring veteran of bands such as Doom Tree, round out the band.
Tripp was one of the founding members of NYC industrial groundbreakers Dope, west coast industrial veterans Static-X, as well as The Murderdolls whom he put together with Slipknot drummer, Joey Jordison. 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 the 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 covers by such artists as Tears For Fears, The Beatles, The Ramones and The Misfits.
“Deliverance,” the first track from the band was released in June 2019. The first demo of the song dates back to one of Tripp’s projects 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."
The next single was “My Parasite,” a song which reflects on a force that attaches and won’t let go until it drains the host, which could be an individual or collective. The most recent single, “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”, "War Cry” and “Independence”.
Most of the recording was done at Mercury Studio in Rahway, New Jersey, while Mixing and Mastering was done by industry pro Chris Collier (Prong, Korn, Whitesnake, Hed p.e.). Additional programming was provided by 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, Project Regeneration Vol. 1 - from inception to songwriting content. Several of his unreleased collaborations with the late Wayne Static were featured, as well as brand new tracks and more to be featured on the upcoming Vol. 2. Eisen also played guitar on the updated versions of several ‘Wisconsin Death Trip’ songs.
Face Without Fear performed a groundbreaking LiveStream performance during the Covid-19 crisis, and recently took to the stage again this year for several shows on the East Coast. The band also is wrapping up their recording and preparing to release an EP or special edition album.