Through the Eyes of the Dead
The Scars of Ages


4.0
excellent

Review

by Justin Taslak USER (30 Reviews)
July 29th, 2008 | 25 replies


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Yay for deathcore?

Through the Eyes of the Dead – The Scars of Ages EP

Through the Eyes of the Dead were:
Anthony Gunnells – Vocals
Justin Longshore – Guitar
Richard Turbeville – Guitar
Jeff Springs – Bass
Dayton Cantley – Drums

Taking their name from a song by one of their largest influences, the infamous Cannibal Corpse, Through the Eyes of the Dead (TTEOTD) are possibly the heaviest group out of Flo-Town (Florence), South Carolina. They began a roller coaster of a career with the 18-minute EP, The Scars of Ages. At the time they were signed to the little known record label, Lovelost, which a mere two years before was home to the now well-known The Black Dahlia Murder (TBDM). TBDM have been consistently above average, have released three solid full-length albums, and have gathered a large fan base around the world. TTEOTD, on the other hand, have not been so fortunate. Having to deal with frequent lineup changes due to lazy members, alcoholic members, and just plain old angry members, one really doesn’t know what to expect with every new album from the band. Fortunately, this isn’t a review of any of their newer works, and The Scars of Ages is a fantastic start by any standards.

TTEOTD sadly falls under the dreaded deathcore genre; a blend of death metal and metalcore. They happen to be one of the first bands to do the genre justice, and possibly even the last. They have the ability to attract fans of many different genres because of this well-done mixture; I happened to be into plain old dull metalcore when I first heard these guys, and they introduced me to death metal and I fell in love with almost every aspect of the genre. Taking the brutal double bass and blast beats of death metal drumming, as well as its unintelligible high-pitched screams and guttural growls, and blending it with metalcore styled guitar riffs, this album is concentrated intensity at its very best. Due to the guitars, the tracks are able to stay melodic throughout, so one’s head can stay relaxed during the course of these five songs. Breakdowns will be present here, but don’t fret; they are used sparingly and will abruptly alternate patterns, managing to keep the listener content. The greatest facet of the breakdowns in this music is that the songs are not based around them, like in mediocre metalcore, but instead they are inserted in between melodic sections and function like build –ups. The one little fault in the music here is the bass taking a backseat to the guitars, also common in metalcore. This is fixed in Bloodlust, but is apparent here.

What truly impressed me with this album was the lyrical portion. While one isn’t going to be able to understand the vocals when listening without the lyrics, they are very well written (for the genre) and most of the time well thought out. More death metal influence is apparent here, with tracks associated with death, hell, etc. Autumn Tint of Gold begins with a quote from the movie The Prophecy, with Christopher Walken (three of the five tracks here begin with movie quotes, and while I’m not a fan of this, it isn’t detrimental to the music at all). The song, similar to the movie, compares angels and heaven with hell and the devil, and in a way says they are on the same team, keeping the earth balanced and at peace. I guess one can’t really call the ideas here creative, when they are based on ideas taken straight from the big screen. To Take Comfort is a particularly horrid little poem about taking comfort in (physically) hurting someone. Badly. I don’t think these guys want to be mentioned along side bands like Atreyu.

One could rant on for a long time about this petite EP, as it is fundamentally sound and one of the least repetitive “core” albums out there. From the bone-shattering drums and melodious guitar lines, to the ear-piercing (in a good way) vocals, this is a must have for any fan of any sort of metal. I strongly suggest you pick this up if you enjoyed their later release Bloodlust; it lacks the filler and the recycled drumming of that album, but has all its other enjoyable traits. Call it melo-death, death metal, metalcore, or deathcore, this is a superb release.

Pros:
Instrumentally sound
Killer vocals
Does deathcore the right way
Nothing unnecessary or excessive

Cons:
Short
Guitars over Bass

All five tracks are solid, but if I had to recommend some:
Between the Gardens that Bathe in Blood
Beneath Dying Skies
To Take Comfort

Score: 4/5



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bustyagunz
July 29th 2008


911 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is short, and a short album, but i needed it to get back into the swing of reviewing metal.
feel free to constructively criticize me. =)

Tyler
Emeritus
July 29th 2008


7926 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This EP is pretty outstanding. Not really deathcore though. It's basically just "American" melodic death metal.

bustyagunz
July 29th 2008


911 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yea, i was really lost with the genre. it is crazy melodic, but there are metalcore bits as well

Tyler
Emeritus
July 29th 2008


7926 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I don't hear much hardcore on here at all. No more than on any other death metal release. Regardless, I do have to say that people need to hear this. Unlike Bloodlust you an hear Gunnell's properly and unlike Malice the band doesn't suck ass. I havent heard the Knife Trade split yet surprisingly enough.

Volt2187
July 29th 2008


241 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review, I like the added background before the review of the album.

For the album, easily a 4, and close to a 5 for me. And personally, the TTEOTD songs on the split are their best work.

bustyagunz
July 29th 2008


911 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

the split has abyssal creation, right?
i actually love the dawn of the dead bit in the beginning of that, and overall a great song.

MassiveAttack
July 29th 2008


2688 Comments


you're on a review roll busty

bustyagunz
July 29th 2008


911 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

and yeah, the production on here doesn't do **** for Anthony's voice, which is the way it should be.

bustyagunz
July 29th 2008


911 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

my summer has been boring haha, and i got fed up of playing cod 4 and having frequent lag ruin my kill ratio.
ive been looking at this site for a few months now, and i thought this would be a great way to have a productive summer.

Volt2187
July 29th 2008


241 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

the split has abyssal creation, right?


Yep, and that song is one of my favorite from them. The beginning is just so good. The intro song is pretty good too.

bustyagunz
July 30th 2008


911 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

who are u n why are u just spamming reviews

Edit: well now ballsack's gone....This Message Edited On 07.29.08

AbyssalCreation
July 30th 2008


2044 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Wow seeing this review really makes me long for the good ole TTEOTD days.This EP and the split with The Knife Trade was oddly enough better than either of the full lengths.Well Bloodlust was pretty much an EP in itself but I won't go into that..anyway this EP is 5 songs of Deathcore goodness. Favorite tracks are Autumn Tint Of Gold,Forever Ends Today, and of course To Take Comfort(In Yesterdays Scars).This is a highly underrated EP compared to Bloodlust and Malice as it surpasses both of them.

bustyagunz
July 30th 2008


911 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i understand what you mean in calling Bloodlust an EP, since it contains filler tracks and two remakes. one can consider it so because it only has a handful of new tracks.

Wizard
July 30th 2008


19641 Comments


and they introduced me to death metal and I fell in love with almost every aspect of the genre.

This is the only reason why these shitty bands should exist (well mainly their last album Malice was ass). I should probably check this out. Nice review too.

Digging: Ash Borer - Cold of Ages

bustyagunz
July 30th 2008


911 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks
yea, trust me, malice is ****, this is amazing.

Eliminator
July 30th 2008


2067 Comments


malice is amazing, there's just too much hardcore on this album for me to like it

bustyagunz
July 30th 2008


911 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

well, to each his own. I feel that the Malice wasn't creative enough compared to TTEOTD's previous work, as well as the new vocalist just blowing. The band didn't need to sound like JFAC.

Rabio
February 6th 2009


49 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The brevity of this EP kinda helps it not get repetitive. I oftentimes see EPs get high scores because they're not long enough to get repetitive. The quality helps too. Dare I say that Between The Gardens That Bathe In Blood is a bit.. Epic? :chug:

Parkway
December 4th 2009


38 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

5 amazing songs on here. I dont know why but this is the only thing from TTEOTD i can listen too.Nothing they have done lives upto this EP.

Derkyle
January 2nd 2010


192 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Anyone know what the sound clip in the beginning of Between the Gardens that Bathe is or where its from? I haven't been able to find it and its bugging the shit out of me.



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