It has been a year since post-hardcore group Fact released an artist photo with the six members' faces revealed. Before then, the band always wore traditional Japanese noh masks.

"We wanted our fans to listen to our music without having to care about how we look," lead guitarist Takahiro Onose says. "Wearing the masks had started to become our brand, so we decided to stop doing it."

The image change was soon followed by a change in procedure, too. The title of Fact's new album, "Ktheat," comes from the first letters of the first names of the band members: Kazuki, Tomohiro, Hiro, Eiji, Adam and Takahiro. Onose says it reflects a deeper cooperation that happened during the recording process.