Rating:
9.0
Eyeless - The All Seeing Eye [EP]
1 April 2010


01. God
02. Reign Of Slaves
03. Hollow
04. The All Seeing Eye
05. We Leave


First of all, fuck the music for just a few seconds, I would like to talk about myself. I put a lot of time into reviewing albums for your reading pleasure, and it sucks. Every time you receive a request from a smaller band to review an album, you hope you'll be the one to uncover some unknown band that could change the face of metal, but all you're left with is bitter disappointment and a good chunk of your life wasted. Boring, generic or just downright atrocious is generally all you find.

Ladies and gentlemen, it seems my luck has turned around.

I can say with 100% confidence that this is the best piece of music I've received from an independent band ever, and probably will be for a long time. This is prog for people who generally don't enjoy prog. Instead of trying to make the most complex music possible, this band focus' on variety above anything else. This EP is very similar to Still Life era Opeth in many aspects; jazzy passages, haunting atmospheres, and the incredibly smooth (we're talking Sean Connery smooth here, people) transitions from the soft instrumental bits into full blown thrashed-out death metal. Think Still Life, then add a bunch of new stuff: Sitars, a variety of different synths ranging from horror-sounding orchestral to modern organs, jazz instrumentals. Oh yeah, and all the wussified clean vocals are only tastefully added in to give certain parts depth, rather than going 50/50 with the harsh vocals.

Aside from the clean vocals sounding sort of weak in "We Leave", I really can't find anything wrong with this EP at all...Granted, the Opeth influences are quite obvious, but it's still fresh, exciting, shockingly well produced, and holds the most variety I've ever heard crammed into a 5 song EP. If there was ever a band that deserved the attention of a large record label, it's Eyeless.

Performance: 9
Songwriting: 10
Originality: 8
Production: 8


 



Written on 15.08.2010 by
Doc Godin
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Deadmeat - 15.08.2010 at 10:32  
I liked a lot the first paragraph of your review and i understand you. it must be awfull. as for the band they sound promising...
patrickmetal12 - 15.08.2010 at 17:17  
Will give it a try
nice review
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Dark Blood - 15.08.2010 at 17:24  
Hmmm very interesting. Thank you for sharing
Troy Killjoy - 15.08.2010 at 17:39  
Amazing album! Download it for free here (band sanctioned of course).

This is what I wish Opeth had sounded like for the past 10 years of their career.

PS - you can also request a copy from the band for just 5 bucks.
Ag Fox - 15.08.2010 at 18:23  
Haha... I originally would give this album a pass because of the Opeth reference. Granted, I haven't listened to Still Life, but this is so much better than Watershed and Morningrise to me.

Thanks for those who gave me the heads up in the shout box!
Ivor - 15.08.2010 at 18:48  
The less harsh vocals they use, the better they sound to me. Nice thing, though.

I.
Derwood - 15.08.2010 at 20:40  
Written by Ivor on 15.08.2010 at 18:48

The less harsh vocals they use, the better they sound to me. Nice thing, though.

I.


I have the opposite opinion. For this type of music, I find clean vocals out of place at best but more often intrusive and disruptive to the overall atmosphere.

Musically, these guys are very, very good. The vocalist is their weak link, but he's all right. I think as he develops his growls will become more consistent and richer, putting his ability on par with the musicianship this band displays. As it is, I give this an 8 (subject to revision with further listens). Lose the clean vocals and I'd give it a 9.

Doc, the Opeth comparison was really unfair. Eyeless have made a really good debut here, not a cure for insomnia.
Ivor - 15.08.2010 at 20:55  
Written by Derwood on 15.08.2010 at 20:40

I have the opposite opinion. For this type of music, I find clean vocals out of place at best but more often intrusive and disruptive to the overall atmosphere.

Yeah, and I'm up to disagreeing. The harsher the vocals get, the more generic it starts to sound. Then again, I'm not exactly what you'd fit into a stereotype.

I.
Derwood - 15.08.2010 at 21:03  
Forums like this would be dull as hel if we all liked things the same way.
Edmund Fogg - 15.08.2010 at 21:09  
Nice one Hope they get the visibility they deserve
Liquidus_Animus - 15.08.2010 at 21:15  
Next big metal band from Quebec?
Merchant of Doom - 16.08.2010 at 15:16  
You must get a lot of shit if you get excited about this Opeth clone...
Doc Godin - 16.08.2010 at 21:45  
Written by Merchant of Doom on 16.08.2010 at 15:16

You must get a lot of shit if you get excited about this Opeth clone...

I wouldn't say clone. The influence is obvious, but to me it sounds like they're taking what made Opeth good and taking it a step further. Keep in mind this is also a 5 song debut EP, there's a lot of potential.
Merchant of Doom - 17.08.2010 at 00:43  
Written by Doc Godin on 16.08.2010 at 21:45

Written by Merchant of Doom on 16.08.2010 at 15:16

You must get a lot of shit if you get excited about this Opeth clone...

I wouldn't say clone. The influence is obvious, but to me it sounds like they're taking what made Opeth good and taking it a step further. Keep in mind this is also a 5 song debut EP, there's a lot of potential.


ok, they are not bad... original? No, but there's nothing original anymore... I would happily buy their EP and listen to it twice and then forget about it... that would give me about 1 hour of pleasure... my point was that you were creaming your pants for an average - although mildly creative - band... is that bad? No, but it just tells me how much crap there is out there... I'm glad it's you doing these reviews... I always admire people prepared to suffer for no reward...
skrätte - 17.08.2010 at 13:43  
I thought this was the band Eyeless out of France, at first.. so the review seemed kind of weird to me. Eyeless out of France is fucking awesome. I highly recommend that you all pick up their 2009 album The Diary. Thrashy, proggy, deathy. So much awesomeness pouring out of France over the past 7-10 years. http://www.myspace.com/eyeless

As for the band in the review, Eyeless (CAN)... the review intrigues me. I really want to hear them, now. Nice review.

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