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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
Our score 7

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."

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anonymous 9/10/2007 3:03:00 PM

first post mothaf*cka YAYAYAYAYAYAYYAA I RULE LAMBOGAT


bob barker_ 9/10/2007 3:25:00 PM

spin that wheel!


xtroyx_ 9/10/2007 3:58:03 PM

job for a cowboy and animosity are horrible. get it right.


xtroyx_ 9/10/2007 4:02:11 PM

apparently this band is awful too. i tried to listen to a track and turned it off.


shodan_ 9/10/2007 4:29:31 PM

I hate most metalcore, but this album is much better than their other two. Nate Johnson makes this a completely different band.


wormed_ 9/10/2007 6:04:59 PM

no mention of the Morbid Angel cover?


fvckyouyoufvckingfvck_ 9/10/2007 7:48:13 PM

Malice is good and heavy. 7 sounds good to me. Maybe even a little bit higher.


xote_ 9/10/2007 8:18:00 PM

Premonitions of War is terrible.


johnfuckingdenver_ 9/10/2007 8:46:43 PM

don't care about this band at all, but if you're putting a T in the abbreviation for the first "the", wouldn't that merit a T for the second "the"? so it should be TTEOTD or TEOD.


twogirlsonecup_ 9/10/2007 10:28:57 PM

shut the f*ck up john denver


monolithic_ 9/11/2007 12:09:52 AM

Premonitions of War is/were great, and in my opinion are the only reason anyone should care about TTEOTD.


reanimatingthewicked_ 9/11/2007 1:48:55 AM

yea ryan knight from arsis did the solo in "as good as dead"


scotty_ 9/11/2007 3:49:01 AM

gay band


morga_ 9/11/2007 10:06:34 AM

nate johnson should be noted more for deadwaterdrowning then P.O.W.


david_ 9/11/2007 10:15:49 AM

I don't care what anyone thinks, but I think this shit slays. Totally took me off guard. Bloodlust was meh at best with a few good songs, but this record I could play over and over on repeat and it didn't get old. Nate does make this a totally different band, but the writing got better with the new members as well. if your into death metal or even metalcore, you'll dig it


ignorantmetalhead_ 9/11/2007 12:31:21 PM

which track is the morbid angel cover?


antihero_ 9/11/2007 12:38:05 PM

Pretty sure it was a hidden track at the end. It's pretty decent except the (understandable) fact that they totally omitted the solo from the song.


wormed_ 9/11/2007 1:07:18 PM

Dominate- its number 12 on my copy


Disturbed Xgoth_ 9/11/2007 2:04:56 PM

I am ashamed to work at hot topic and have them carry this album. All metal and hardcore albums should be replaced with korn if you ask me


old quick_ 9/11/2007 3:11:49 PM

Gets


Kid_Touch_For_Cash_ 9/12/2007 1:51:26 AM

this review was written by my fat 15 year old sister, f*ck you and your "tasty solo"


metal_bob_ 9/12/2007 8:18:30 PM

they said Morbid Angel cover was Europe only


hxctreet_ 9/13/2007 10:22:53 AM

he notes there is a good breakdown thats not noteworthy?


brian_ 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.


Murray_ 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.


qmathdot_ 9/20/2007 8:49:12 PM

complete f*cking shit.


Chaosweaver_ 9/22/2007 1:50:30 PM

Much better vocalist


Dustin_ 9/24/2007 9:40:57 PM

this band is amazing musically but boring to listen to and their vocalist blows...