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Through The Eyes Of The Dead - Bloodlust
01. Intro
02. Two Inches From A Main Artery
03. When Everything Becomes Nothing
04. Bringer Of Truth
05. Beneath Dying Skies
06. The Black Death And Its Aftermath
07. Truest Shade Of Crimson
08. With Eyes Ever Turned Inward
09. Force Fed Trauma
10. The Decaying Process
11. Outro
2005 Prosthetic Records

Reviewed by: Ash Levitt   //   Published: 12/6/2005

Metalcore is a genre I do not readily gravitate towards if given a choice of various genres. This is not because, as many people would stipulate, one genre is better than another (usually with the all too common, and lazy, ">" to represent all opinions). It is because there is very little current material within the genre of metalcore that pushes musical boundaries. In short, there is simply very little to care about in this genre. It too often seems to be the case that it has either been done before, or if not, it shouldn't have been done in the first place. However, this does not mean that there aren't some bands in this particular niche in the scene that should be paid attention. Through the Eyes of the Dead is one such band that deserves to be listened to despite its mediocre company.

Through the Eyes of the Dead proved with their EP for Lovelost Records that they, quite bluntly, weren't fucking around. The short release was a pipe bomb of hard-hitting tracks that proved that good songwriting is essential in any genre of music, but especially in metalcore; because this is what separated, and continues to separate them, from other stylistically similar bands. Including a split release with the Knife Trade, TTEOTD were primed to release a proper full-length. While the newest offering for Prosthetic, titled Bloodlust, doesn't hold the same flame of sheer intensity and brutality as the EP did, it is a very solid release that demonstrates there is still hope for the genre.

Listeners familiar with anything TTEOTD has done in the past will be surely at home with the material on Bloodlust. Stylistically, much is the same here. This is both good and bad. It is good because listeners will know what to expect, and the band further carries the torch of their previous efforts well here. However, this is bad because the musical ground the band treads is beginning to be a well beaten path indeed. In other words, it would have been better to see the band explore a little more in terms of sound, style, and creativity. Nevertheless, it is what it is, and it is well done.

For those unfamiliar with the group's work, it is metalcore that emphasizes the metal aspect over the core part. There is nicely harmonized dual guitar work that when supplemented by the bass provides an excellent canvas for the drumming, which like previous TTEOTD releases, is very nicely executed. The vocal attack utilizes the familiar range between outright screaming and guttural utterances. Each track incorporates breakdowns but does not completely rely on them, which is most certainly a good thing. Some tracks, like "When Everything Becomes Nothing," demonstrate the fulfillment of potential that was exhibited on the EP, melding fine songwriting with a ferocious style (there is even a reworking of the EP track "Beneath Dying Skies"). However, other tracks, while not being poor by any stretch of the imagination, are also not exactly outstanding.

Bottom Line: Listeners should know where they stand in general with this type of music. It is quickly becoming a love it or hate it kind of genre. If you have liked previous TTEOTD material, you will surely enjoy Bloodlust. If you have not heard this band but enjoy other promising newer bands like Embrace the End, then this is also for you.

Brett_   posted 8/9/2007 2:26:22 AM
I bought this cd early last summer and it still gets alot of play in my house."two inches from a main artery" swept through the tulsa area like a tornado and you can still find pieces of it's remains througout the area.soild release
RyanATF_   posted 3/23/2007 3:00:04 PM
fvckyouyoufvckingfvck_   posted 2/19/2007 3:06:31 PM
great album. Very brutal. Two inches from a main artery brings the f*cking heaviness. Very good song. 8/10
Bradley_   posted 1/31/2007 11:22:38 PM
TTEOTD is a great band, but after line up changes, Bloodlust isnt really what i expected, yet it is a real good album, it could use a little bit of tweaks. Ive seen this band first hand basically grow up, so I know what im talking about. Im really skeptical on any future albums, cause 3 of the 5 members of the original band (from their EP) arent there anymore. 3 of the original members, Dayton, Jeff, and Richard have went on to create a new band along with 2 other guys, David and Damon, they are
RyanATF_   posted 1/17/2007 12:33:11 AM
This band is mediocre at best, while a big fan of the genre I don't see any standout points on this record...

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