1. Dead Eyes See No Future 2. Burning Angel (live) 3. We Will Rise (live) 4. Heart of Darkness (live) 5. Symphony of Destruction (Megadeth cover) 6. Kill With Power (Manowar cover) 7. Incarnated Solvent Abuse (Carcass cover)2004 Century Media Records
by Rob McFeters
To this day, I've never really caught on as to why labels release these kinds of EP's, especially when it seems the band hasn't really put in any effort. I suppose this EP is a single for the track "Dead Eyes See No Future," which Century Media wanted to load with Arch Enemy extras. Unfortunately, these extras aren't doing that much for me. When I heard that this EP was being released, I was excited in a confused way. "Dead Eyes See No Future" is my favorite track from Arch Enemy's "Anthems of Rebellion," but I didn't realize they were just going to stick the same track on here. It seems like a waste of space to me, because every other song is (to my knowledge) unreleased or a live recording. This brings me to my biggest complaint about this disc. There are three live recordings on here, and I must say that each track sounds superb. Rarely do I hear a live recording that is so brutal, yet crisp. Very nicely done. However, I have to ask, why just three songs With the outstanding recording quality of these live songs, then why not release an entire live album I'm sure anyone who ran out to buy this EP would run out and grab a full-length, live album. Next there are three cover songs. Now, why Arch Enemy chose, out of all the Megadeth songs out there, to cover "Symphony of Destruction," is completely beyond me. I personally think there are much better Megadeth songs, and Arch Enemy managed to bore me just as much as Megadeth did when I first heard this song. The cover of Manowar's "Kill With Power" is definitely decent, but I'll never listen to this over Manowar's version. I have to say Arch Enemy picked a great song to cover with "Incarnated Solvent Abuse," and I guess it makes sense since guitarist, Mike Ammott, spent a short time in Carcass. Arch Enemy does a great version of this song and I highly recommend checking this out. This enhanced disc also includes the video for "We Will Rise." If you haven't seen this video yet, you can pop this CD into your computer to view it, and I assume most of you have a computer (you're not reading this review at Borders). Bottom Line: This EP doesn't really move me. The live songs are excellent, but it would be cool to have more than three, and while I enjoy the Carcass cover, I could do without the other two. I'm pretty sure this EP is only for the die-hard Arch Enemy fan.