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Through The Eyes Of The Dead - Malice
01. Failure in the Flesh
02. Undead Parade
03. To Wage a War
04. A Catastrophe of Epic Proportions
05. As Good as Dead
06. Welcome to the Wasteland
07. Malice
08. To the Ruins
09. Dead End Roads
10. Interlude
11. Pull the Trigger
2007 Prosthetic Records

Reviewed by: Kirby Unrest   //   Published: 9/10/2007

Upon receiving this in the mail, a very mixed reaction occurred. I had heard the two previous releases from Through The Eyes of the Dead and while I found their work to be of noble effort, it never really clicked. Whatever that missing element was, it's been found on "Malice." Now, I'm still not a major TTEOD fan and in the world of "deathcore," these guys aren't Job For A Cowboy bad nor are they Animosity good. Still, there is no doubt though that the 11 songs here feature a cohesive sound, more fluid songwriting and a clashing of death metal destruction and hardcore vision that works largely without fail.

With the opener, "Failure in the Flesh," a cavalcade of blast beats and meaty riffs fresh from the slaughterhouse, it is obvious that new vocalist Nate Johnson (formerly of the underrated Premonitions of War) fits in perfectly and really reinvigorates things as his range is better than Anthony Gunnells'; a solid growl, sweet rasp and even a few yells all while keeping things bree-free. Drummer Josh Kulick also makes his mark here, incredible playing and an integral part of TTEOD. "The Undead Parade" follows with thrash speed and flair and some nice melodic leads at the end, while "To Wage A War" is pure circle pit mayhem accented by a bit of NYHC crunch and a good, but not noteworthy breakdown to finish things off. The next two cuts, "A Catastrophe of Epic Proportions" and "As Good As Dead" are Gothenburg tried and true, though not too haggard and the latter is actually pretty good with a real Unearth vibe and a tasty solo at the end. "Welcome To The Wasteland" reminds me a lot of TTEOD's earlier material, with an almost mechanical, rigid technicality that the band can pull off (though not nearly as well as many death metal flag bearers and forerunners do). They return to better form with the next trio of heavy hitters, "To The Ruins," "Dead End Roads" and the title track, the final two mentioned being my favorites on the album. The "Interlude" is pointless and should have been left off the record, while the epilogue "Pull The Trigger" isn't a perfect closer but gets the job done, tipping the scales with plenty of chugga chugga goodness.

Lyrically, TTEOD remain cheesy, though instead of the classic gore banter of years gone by, it's mostly core with apocalyptic prophecies and hopeless hopes that bands like All Out War, Disembodied and even Hatebreed have done a millions time over and better. Yet, it does sync with the music nicely and TTEOD isn't exactly a group whose liner notes I've visited for any sage advice or worldly wisdom.

"Malice" is not artist Paul Romano's best work by a long shot, but compliments its central themes well (especially the cover art). Meanwhile, Erik Rutan (Morbid Angel, Hate Eternal) helms the record just fine, maintaining TTEOD's gritty sound but permitting enough "clean" to balance it all properly.

Bottom Line: Longtime fans will rejoice with "Malice" and eternal detractors may want to take another listen. Through The Eyes of Dead is not doing anything remotely new, but with wave after wave of terrible bands trying to harness and master the point where death metal and hardcore meet (and failing miserably), these guys at least have some grasp on its pulse. While there are a few doing this subgenre better, TTEOD have carved a thorough and noteworthy niche with "Malice."

Dustin_   posted 9/24/2007 9:40:57 PM
this band is amazing musically but boring to listen to and their vocalist blows...
Chaosweaver_   posted 9/22/2007 1:50:30 PM
Much better vocalist
qmathdot_   posted 9/20/2007 8:49:12 PM
complete f*cking shit.
Murray_   posted 9/16/2007 2:16:44 PM
Pretty good review. You gave them credit were deserved, without being overly jerk-ish and took away points where they needed to be taken.

Its a good album, not amazing, but good.
brian_   posted 9/13/2007 3:37:25 PM
i liked the first ep, didnt listen to the lp, and this new cd sounds pretty cr00sh. vocals give it a little more brutality.

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