Release DetailsLABEL Century Media
RELEASED ON 10/7/2003
Eyes Of Fire
posted on 12/2003 By:
A short album demands a short review. California’s Eyes of Fire are one of Century Media’s newest signings, and I guess in an effort to generate some buzz, they’ve released a three-song teaser EP to precede next Spring’s full-length. Eyes of Fire is built around ex-members of Mindrot, namely, guitarist Dan Kaufman, and vocalist/bassist Matt Fisher. They then went out and picked up a second guitarist, keyboardist, and percussionist to round out the band. I’d like to describe what the band sounds like, but I don’t really know either. Each track on this EP is of a varying style and direction. Without hearing the upcoming full-length or being familiar with their older works, I can’t be sure which is the real Eyes of Fire. The first track is the title track, and it’s the most metal of the three. Tribal percussive rhythms lie beneath simple, yet heavy guitarwork. It’s not unlike a fast Soulfly song, but with an industrial edge provided by the effects of Ben Smith. The vocals are shouted, a little like Burton C. Bell (Fear Factory). The second track, “Hopeless”, is a dreary number, but composed in such a way that I can envision it being pushed on rock radio stations. The last track, “Anyone”, is a plodding song, that sounds just like newer Amorphis and Anathema. So in conclusion, I have no idea what Eyes of Fire sound like. This EP seems to be a good way to preview how eclectic the band is, but if you don’t like all of these styles, the forthcoming album will be a toss-up. As they are signed to Century, I’m going to assume that they play it heavy more often than not. Just judging by these songs, they are better suited to play somber dirges, as the heavy song never grabbed me by the balls, while the slower two dragged me in, at least to a small degree. I’ll be keeping my ears open in the Spring to hear what Eyes of Fire are really capable of.
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