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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
Our score 7

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.

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yousuck_ 12/6/2005 8:33:22 PM

first post bitches


Steve_ 12/6/2005 8:48:54 PM

Ash is a great reviewer, keep it up!


anonymous 12/6/2005 9:32:24 PM

TTEOTD > Embrace the End


Dutch_ 12/6/2005 9:43:33 PM

"Through the Eyes of the Dead proved with their EP for Lovelost Records that they, quite bluntly, weren't f*cking around." This is why you're my favorite reviewer!


metalcore_ 12/6/2005 9:48:38 PM

A great band. I agree about the EP comment though... the songs may not be as "br00tal" here, but are at least as good if not better quality songs in themselves.


StrengthOfHeart_ 12/6/2005 10:03:27 PM

Solid release. Nothing will match the EP though. ETE and TTEOTD toured together. Embrace The End and them are def 2 of the strongest bands in "metalcore" right now. Great review.


mark_ 12/6/2005 10:21:05 PM

great album....probably the best of late 2005


thisaintsweettea_ 12/6/2005 10:47:21 PM

name is way too long.


anonymous 12/7/2005 12:01:53 AM

a bag of dicks


natexnathan_ 12/7/2005 2:15:46 AM

im sorry but this band f*cking sucks.


vegans_taste_good_ 12/7/2005 9:03:30 AM

notinhg new or special, but it has a fiew standout tracks, however the lyrics are horrid


Dingle Berry_ 12/7/2005 9:33:45 AM

typical lambgay review of metalcore- "This is boring, redundant and stereotypical, but im too much of a pssy to say its a crappy album. 7/10" ash wears arabian goggles.


wakingjudea_ 12/7/2005 9:53:04 AM

full length? 11 tracks - 4 fillers - 2 previously released songs = 5 new songs. hardly a full length.


darkexhorror_ 12/7/2005 10:52:00 AM

this band aspires to be the best out a shit genre, they could be f*cking amazing within that genre and they would still be shit.


sailor_ 12/7/2005 10:54:34 AM

good band, good review


Dave_ 12/7/2005 1:29:26 PM

I picked this up the other night, only listening to the split once before, so its my first real taste of TTEOTD. I have to say that I really enjoy it.. I think calling it "metalcore" is a little off, because to me metalcore is KSE. Some metalcore is in the sound but I just think of them as more of a metal band with some stomp riffs thrown in. anyways, its good and I really love it


tentacles_of_whorror_ 12/7/2005 3:22:36 PM

great band great dudes. nice review


killemo_ 12/7/2005 5:04:05 PM

this band sucks eggs


Xithyl_ 12/7/2005 5:51:24 PM

Good review, but the same metalcore is boring intro over and over from every site and reviewer under the sun is getting old. You're still great though, Ash.


Hellaween_ 12/7/2005 7:43:11 PM

Not a bad CD. But stop abbreviating Names God Damnit


Arnold Rimmer_ 12/8/2005 10:09:50 AM

Stop abbreviating media formats godamnit!


panzram_ 12/10/2005 1:32:04 AM

Metalcore is a genre I do not readily gravitate towards if given a choice of various genres. great first sentence, dude


Strongarm_ 12/10/2005 2:07:10 AM

I must say that I absolutely loved their e.p. before. Listened to it many times. Upon listening to this, I expected greatness. Well I must also say that I was a little dissapointed. Yes, the musicianship is there, but the songwriting was not all that interesting to me. I dunno, Ive only heard it once, would probably be a good idea to listen to it several more times before making a final decision seeing as albums I don't readily enjoy right off the bat tend to grow on me and sometimes end up bei


Coldchain_ 12/10/2005 2:08:19 AM

Another fine Ash review. I just checked them out and they aren't half bad in the slightest. This guy deserve everyone's respect for being an intelligent and reasonable lambgoat reviewer


anonymous 12/11/2005 9:10:51 PM

all of this "tech death mosh breakdown blastbeat gutteral" shit sucks, ruining death metal. f*ck this band, suicide silence, job for a cowboy, into the moat, and all of that gay shit.


xdustinx eotb_ 12/12/2005 1:42:50 PM

It sucks that TTEOTD gets slapped with the metalcore label. They sound nothing like As I Lay Dying or Atreyu at all, they have more death metal influence than anything. Well thought review, though. I'm stoked to see what they end up writing with Jake Ososkie and Josh Kulick. Josh is good enough to play in about any band he would want to, ever.


wahh_ 12/13/2005 9:07:48 AM

wahhhhh


x"x"x_ 12/26/2005 10:51:21 PM

amazing album...good review.


anonymous 1/17/2006 12:52:29 PM

badass


mike_ 3/2/2006 2:52:31 PM

this is a bad ass f*cken band, can't wait to see you guys in LA yo' ....


Mike_ 5/30/2006 1:14:55 PM

Josh Kulick is about the only good thing to come out of Kansas-Missouri area.


anonymous 1/12/2007 12:23:03 PM

Brutal and Sick


RyanATF_ 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...


Bradley_ 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


fvckyouyoufvckingfvck_ 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


RyanATF_ 3/23/2007 3:00:04 PM

f*ck THIS BAND.


Brett_ 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