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Through The Eyes Of The Dead Skepsis


01. Parasite Throne 02. Dementia 03. No Haven 04. Perpetual Defilement 05. Inherit Obscurity 06. The Manifest 07. Defaced Reality 08. Siphonaptera From Within 09. Insomnium 10. Skepsis
2010 Prosthetic Records
Our score 8

2/20/2010

Yes, everyone's talked about the ever-shifting line-up of South Carolina's shining star, Through The Eyes Of The Dead, and they've already talked about how the split or the EP was their the best. That's not even the point though: TTEOTD has gone from metalcore stalwarts, before metalcore was a black mark on a band, to death metal legits, to many hot-button topics on Lambgoat and -GASP!- elsewhere on the interweb and in print. In the end, nobody cares about opinions, or this ridiculous review, or what you think about Through The Eyes a few years back. Ultimately, Through The Eyes Of The Dead has been one of the few bands to fuse hardcore and death metal and not totally fuck it up. That's meant in the nicest way possible, because when you hear these cats say they love Cannibal Corpse and can name drop albums, it seems - and, thankfully, is - genuine. It's a touch of hardcore in a death metal band surrounded by riffs that are catchy, heavy, and just plain good. Sure, some of the licks reek of At The Gates, and there are breakdowns (as much as the band wants to deny it), but I'll be a monkey's uncle before someone can legitimately say that the songs, the riffs, the everying isn't catchy. The bass drums aren't as brutal as any of the underground death metal outfits you cling on to for cred, but if the band can't write songs, I'll be said monkey's uncle's uncle. At the end of the day, what the hell do you want? This dude wants a fucking song. None of that Journey bullshit where it's chorus all the time (you know you love Journey, don't deny it), but a cohesive set of stuff - be it bass, guitar, drums, vocals, whatever. THAT makes a good tune at the end of the day. The production, this time thanks to the band's own hand, has proven helpful. They brought out what's best about the band. Sure, you have to turn it up a little more than their contemporaries, but it makes sense. TTEOTD, after losing hardcore/death metal super vocalist Nate Johnson, had something to prove. What better way to do that than bring in new screamer Danny Rodriguez and produce the effort yourself? That's where they might have hit the paydirt. Rodriguez is able to fill the gap between the Anthony Gunnells fanboys and the Johnson-type "death metal or die" crowds. He does a fantastic job of incorporating the two, but focusing more on the death side of stuff. And guess what? I'm alright with that. More than alright, actually. Bottom Line: With track titles - and riffs to match - like "Perpetual Defilement" and "Defaced Reality," Through The Eyes Of The Dead has apparently discovered what makes Odious Mortem so good. Sure, they don't noodle around the neck of the guitar, but damned if they don't write good songs. Add in Rodriguez's vocal themes and the legitimacy of the band shines through even more than on Malice. That might have been more death metal, but Skepsis is solid. Let's hope they keep going and don't make me red in the face with the endorsement, but whenever a new Through The Eyes Of The Dead record comes out, it's exciting. Fuck what's hip or cool, or whatever the new terms are. The riffs are there and it's as heavy as a bag of bricks.

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skywentred_ 2/20/2010 2:52:25 PM

I cannot even imagine the comments that are to come.


anonymous 2/20/2010 3:10:57 PM

is impending doom stoked about this?


blinding_light_ 2/20/2010 3:13:08 PM

wat


GeorgeSavini_ 2/20/2010 3:18:02 PM

Good review, good record, good band.


Drifter_ 2/20/2010 3:25:53 PM

This review sounds like it was written after 36 hours without sleep and 27 cups of coffee.


anonymous 2/20/2010 3:45:43 PM

I don't think this review gets across the points it tries to. Good to know the new TTEotD album doesn't sound like Journey though.


forumdrama_ 2/20/2010 4:15:59 PM

This review reads like it's written by a guy who doesn't know if he wants to go to school to major in music journalism, or be an angst ridden butt rocker who can't help but cuss when emphasizing what he's talking about. And that's why his 8/10 rating doesn't mean shit to me.


Fur_Beach_ 2/20/2010 4:21:54 PM

nobody cares about this ridiculous review, but I'm still going to waste time writing it anyways


anon_ 2/20/2010 4:23:35 PM

worst review ever. And thats really saying something on this site.


t_ 2/20/2010 4:38:26 PM

Basic writing skills, Lesson One: It might help to read what you've written aloud. If it sounds pretty dumb aloud, then perhaps you could change/tighten up the language. Lesson Two: Don't just consider the first thing you've written a final draft. Write, read, edit, re-write. Sometimes the most simple things are often what we forget. Sure, some of the licks reek of At The Gates, and there are breakdowns (as much as the band wants to deny it), but I'll be a monkey's uncle before someone c


HBDad_ 2/20/2010 5:23:22 PM

Hmmm... I loved the last album and I like this album but it really lacks the staying power of the last album in my car stereo.


chris_ 2/20/2010 5:58:21 PM

you f*cks that post comments on this shit are retarded. get a life losers


anonymous 2/20/2010 7:13:47 PM

about how the split or the EP was their the best. about how the split or the EP was their the best. about how the split or the EP was their the best. about how the split or the EP was their the best. about how the split or the EP was their the best.about how the split or the EP was their the best. about how the split or the EP was their the best. about how the split or the EP was their the best. about how the split or the EP was their the best. about how the split or the EP was their the best. a


anonymous 2/20/2010 7:15:49 PM

lol this review f*cking sucks


Dismayed_ 2/21/2010 8:08:04 AM

I don't think I've ever read a more poorly written record review in my entire life.


anonymous 2/21/2010 8:26:00 AM

this album is boring as f*ck


arty_mcfarty_ 2/21/2010 9:06:57 AM

you should never be allowed to write anything again.....your gayry has reached critical mass


Andrew C_ 2/21/2010 11:18:11 AM

I support this review.


brostorm_ 2/21/2010 11:31:36 AM

shitty band should have broken up roughly 20 minutes after they kicked anthony out.


suckthisdick_ 2/21/2010 1:07:40 PM

suck this dck mother f*cker suck this dck


anonymous 2/21/2010 1:54:54 PM

The entirety of this review was spent trying to deliver one liners with a vague veneer of wit; it came off as someone in need of validation. In fact, I think I read more about the f*cking band or how "legit" they are than I read about the actual album its self.


anonymous 2/21/2010 5:30:53 PM

this dude invoked the "sure....but then" clause twenty f*cking times. he f*cking sucks


anonymous 2/21/2010 11:31:13 PM

worst review ever


Sniggie Pippen_ 2/22/2010 12:10:54 AM

Never review again.


godfatherofsoul_ 2/22/2010 12:21:24 AM

love this band


fiveyears_ 2/22/2010 3:29:19 AM

Decent review. Cd is good. New vocalist is good. Anthony suckers are just upset this cd got a good review.


chaosweaver_ 2/22/2010 4:00:54 AM

this is the worst review I have ever read on lambgoat


DaveClinch_ 2/22/2010 6:25:11 AM

THIS IS A OUTRAGGGGGEEEEEE!!!!!! I liked the record, and this review.


baobab_ 2/22/2010 9:47:04 AM

"The entirety of this review was spent trying to deliver one liners with a vague veneer of wit; it came off as someone in need of validation. In fact, I think I read more about the f*cking band or how "legit" they are than I read about the actual album its self."


pussyfuckshit_ 2/22/2010 1:36:52 PM

The albums good, not as good as malice, but its pretty bitchin' nonetheless. Danny isn't as good as the last vocalist, but i've met him a few times and he seems like a really genuine dude.


Rob_ 2/22/2010 1:47:11 PM

Please accept me Lambgoat!!! I R WITTY AND BRING FUNNIEZ!!!! I EVEN HAVE SPARE CRED THAT WE CAN SHARE!!!!!


doink_ 2/22/2010 5:29:31 PM

This band gets an 8 out of 10 and a good review by this site. Meanwhile Gospel gets back together last week and you don't see a single post about it??? This site is now for a bunch of sissy haircut girlpant wearing hipster pizza lovers!


isomegatron_ 2/22/2010 10:15:36 PM

solid band, nothing amazing. but still decent. if it wasnt for TTEOTD's album Malice, and Behemoths Demigod, Whitechapel wouldnt be a band haha.


agent_friday_ 2/22/2010 11:46:53 PM

With track titles - and riffs to match - like "Perpetual Defilement" and "Defaced Reality," ...tracks have riffs and titles in this record.


n*gger_ 2/23/2010 4:21:04 PM

flibblesteaks dawg!


dogshit_ 2/23/2010 4:30:19 PM

no idea what this review was about to be honest


MORE COCAINE_ 2/23/2010 6:36:23 PM

This band gets an 8 out of 10 and a good review by this site. Meanwhile Gospel gets back together last week and you don't see a single post about it??? This site is now for a bunch of sissy haircut girlpant wearing hipster pizza lovers! posted by doink (doinked@gotmail.com) on 2/22/2010 5:29:31 PM HEY f*ck YOU gay I LOVE PIZZA


Anthony Gunnels_ 2/24/2010 5:18:59 PM

tacos are better than pizza you f*cking gay.


piecemaker_ 2/25/2010 10:57:08 AM

Why the f*ck did we have to bring pizza into it? f*ck you buddy.


anonymous 2/26/2010 4:44:31 PM

why hasn't webmaster edited that first sentence yet?


scrigface_ 2/27/2010 12:42:31 PM

more monkey's uncle references


John_ 2/27/2010 4:22:59 PM

This band will never live up to the line up they had on Malice. That was the peak of their career. Malice was one of the best death metal albums of that year. They had one of the most solid line ups of any band in awhile. They WERE legit.


Godfather_ 2/28/2010 3:01:33 PM

Is this the guy that put "like" like a dumb valley girl in a trc review?


anonymous 3/1/2010 10:44:49 AM

This band will never live up to the line up they had on Malice. That was the peak of their career. Malice was one of the best death metal albums of that year. They had one of the most solid line ups of any band in awhile. They WERE legit. THAT LINEUP f*ckING SUCKED. GTFO.


Clayton Bigsby_ 3/2/2010 4:01:33 PM

WHITE POWERRRRRRRRRRRRRRR


Rick James_ 3/2/2010 4:04:33 PM

I'm Rick James, bitch.


anonymous 3/3/2010 8:09:10 AM

ummm...whatup niggas?


antron_ 3/4/2010 12:05:37 PM

Am I missing something??? Like, maybe the review for their new album??? All this did was describe TTEOTD. Not trying to be mean, but this is one of the worst reviews I have ever read, considering you told me nothing of the new album. stick to your day job


PapHimself_ 3/4/2010 3:16:16 PM

Being the best Through the Eyes of the Dead record is like being the smartest retard. Easily their best album, but still heinously boring deathcore.


anonymous 3/6/2010 12:19:31 PM

yo...8/10...every person on here is just pissed cause their band got a 4/10. so hold that and suck the dck.


globaldisaster_ 3/10/2010 9:19:29 PM

this band wasnt even noteworthy with nate johnson.. how the f*ck did this get an 8/10? its pure shit


Rob_ 3/12/2010 12:41:50 PM

f*ck you guys! Let's see you write a f*ckin' review for f*ckin' Lambgoat! That's what I f*ckin' thought!


Rob_ 3/15/2010 5:27:55 PM

HAHAHA DISREGARD THAT, I SUCK c-ckS


dogswholikebeer_ 3/27/2010 2:35:08 PM

This album is brutal. They really turned their game up a notch. They have a great live show. Skepsis is above and beyond any of this harsh criticism because with one listen you can see for yourself they are on top of their game with a solid lineup and solid tracks. For real, check it out before talking shit, you just might impress yourself for doing so.


LifeInBlack_ 3/30/2010 12:28:23 PM

1 original member remaining and it shows... this band died when Kulick left.


the_smile_that_kills_ 4/21/2010 10:28:40 AM

i thought this album was pretty rad, it brought the metal and didn't relent.