4) The Faceless – “Autotheist Movement Pt. III: Deconsecrate”
The climactic third act of Autotheism’s monstrous opening three-part epic, “Deconsecrate” subtly works saxophone in alongside the more soulful side of Michael Keene’s otherworldly shred wizardy. It’s an odd bit of sideways jazziness in the song, but it really sets itself apart from black metal’s recent sax experiments upon viewing the album credits. Yes, that’s the work of Sergio “Sexy Sax Man” Flores, whose home base is close enough to The Faceless’ Encino, California roots that it’s still unclear as to whether he was a true album guest or simply called in via his iPhone app for a Saxagram. Most impressively, the song works seamlessly whether or not Flores’ identity is obvious, and also regardless of the extent to which The Faceless meant to troll every Internet-dwelling metalhead who bought a copy.