New Jersey’s Face Without Fear is the new outfit from former Murderdolls/Static-X/Dope guitarist Tripp Eisen. The band has just released its first single, ‘Deliverance’.
Eisen began putting the band together as far back as 2017, and the single’s genesis has an ever older pedigree dating back to his time in Static-X, albeit updated and supercharged courtesy of the band’s lead vocalist/guitarist Kenny ‘Mantis’ Hoyt, formerly of Crushpile.
“I am the real thing, won’t you breathe in me, remove your disguise, even if it bleeds, I want the real thing,” he sings and of which he declares: “It’s about bearing your soul, allowing your true identity to be seen by others, and the vulnerability that goes along with it.”
Gritty yet polished guitar work, electronic sampling, and metal vocals infused with refined lyrical melodic phrasing, and a dash of Ayn Rand philosophy is what you can expect. The band is rounded out by a third guitarist come multi-instrumentalist going by the singular name of Dante, drummer T.J. Cooke (from Methodical) and an as yet unnamed bass player.
“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,” said Eisen. “It’s not just mindlessness and meaningless lyrics over metalised 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, covers of Eisen’s band’s material alongside those by artists as diverse as The Beatles, The Ramones and The Misfits.
Eisen has been involved in a Static-X reunion, from inception to songwriting content, with a new album planned. It should feature unreleased collaborations with the late Wayne Static, as well as new numbers. A full album from Face Without Fear is also in the works.