Eyes Set To Kill
The World Outside


4.0
excellent

Review

by The Green Scarf Bandit of Italy USER (17 Reviews)
May 31st, 2009 | 40 replies | 3,915 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Eyes Set to Kill have achieveved "darker"

4 of 6 thought this review was well written

In all honesty, I entered this album fully expecting it to be nothing more than average. In their previous release, "Reach" Eyes Set to Kill displayed talent and songwriting ability and even created a few great tracks, but they really didn't mark themselves as a standout band. Due to the band's instant success I assumed that all progression would be negated in favor of songs that would be popular with their existing fan base. I was only half right. Eyes Set to Kill haven’t progressed per se, they have remained basically the same, but there is a noticeable evolution taking place. ESTK expressed their desire to create "darker" music. If this was truly their goal, they have succeeded.

After only a few tracks, this transformation is not evident. The lead single “Heights” and “Deadly Weapons” (featuring an unfortunate performance from Escape the Fate’s Craig Mabbitt) are rather worn out, capitalizing on the metalcore hype as well as Paramore-esque clean sections. Then, the album leads into an interlude after only three tracks. At first I didn’t understand why the band would place an interlude so early into the album, but after a few minutes it became crystal clear. Interlude marks the end of a bland post hardcore album and the genesis of a truly worthwhile performance.

The vocal delivery of “The World Outside” is much darker than in “Reach.” By darker I do not mean that the screams are heavier and the clean vocals less prominent, but every aspect of the singing screaming sounds markedly more haunted. Alexia’s beautiful singing is still very present in ESTK’s sound albeit much more bleak, and instead of adding a lighter more dynamic atmosphere to the heavier tracks, it simply drags them to darker depths. Brandon’s screaming hasn’t really improved since “Reach” and if anything it has declined, and there is nothing on “The World Outside” like the blistering screams of former opus “Darling.” However, he has shown in an interest in singing as well as screaming, and although his singing voice is raw and undeveloped thus far, it shows definite promise. With both male and female cleans as well as the gritty screaming, “The World Outside” offers a very balanced vocal performance.

Musically, ESTK doesn’t have a particularly unique sound, it music falls somewhere between pop-punk, metalcore and post-hardcore. As expected, the music is delivered in the form of crunchy high-gain guitars and unnoticeable drumming. There are plenty of melodic leads throughout the album, but none that really emphasize on speed or technicality, they are simply added texture. Perhaps in the future, ESTK will expand on melody and musicality, but for now, they present themselves as a vocally centered band, which is generally acceptable considering that the vocals are ace.

Simply put, “The World Outside” is much more than I expected and a huge improvement on the band’s part. Eyes Set to Kill have neatly sidestepped the clichéd “Sophomore Slump.”

Recommended Tracks-
Heights
The World Outside
March of the Dead
Wake Me Up
Come Home



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Zip
May 31st 2009



5312 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

http://www.myspace.com/eyessettokill
Streaming Here, much much better than I thought.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
May 31st 2009



8317 Comments


very nice review, I think you have found your writing niche with the reviews like this and Sylosis'. I though am not going to check this out because I can't tolerate anymore metalcore and I have never been too big on post-hardcore.

Btw, a question, what does high-gain mean?

Zip
May 31st 2009



5312 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, you would hate this.

Gain is a term used for guitar distortion. A lot of metalcore uses maximum gain and it causes that squealing note-clashing sound. Also makes harmonics go ballisitc.

Thank you.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
May 31st 2009



8317 Comments


so basically, under high-gain you mean that high pitched, squealing sound

Zip
May 31st 2009



5312 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah, basically. Sometimes it sounds like fuzz. Mostly it causes that obnoxious shrieking.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
May 31st 2009



8317 Comments


right, now I get what you mean. I think i might churn out a review myself today, but I am still not sure if I have the inspiration to.

Zip
May 31st 2009



5312 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Do it, I need something to do.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
May 31st 2009



8317 Comments


haha, I have the problem that I don't know what to review, so many choices

Zip
May 31st 2009



5312 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Review everything.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
May 31st 2009



8317 Comments


hahahaha that I can't do, i would be death-tired after 2 review already for sure.

I think i might do Deathstars - Termination Bliss, or The 69 Eyes - Angels, or Apartment 26 - Hallucinating, or Diablo - Eternium. Which one would you prefer btw?

jingledeath
May 31st 2009



7104 Comments


Great review, probably not going to listen to this but I'm going to spin some Sylosis in a bit har har

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
May 31st 2009



8317 Comments


Sylosis needs more love in sputnik. One of the best up and coming bands I know of

Zip
May 31st 2009



5312 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I got dibs on Termination Bliss, I didn't much like 69 eyes but I'll try em.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
May 31st 2009



8317 Comments


sorry man already started doing apartment 26. Btw The 69 eyes rock, nice gothic rock from finland, you should definitely give the albums "Angels" and "Framed in Blood - The Very Blessed of the 69 Eyes" a go!

Altmer
May 31st 2009



5652 Comments


69 eyes suck.

I have a promo for this record, but still haven't gotten round to reviewing it.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
May 31st 2009



8317 Comments


69 eyes rock, this will probably suck

Zip
May 31st 2009



5312 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this doesn't suck, its just not your style. Please don't review it, let me have some glory.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
May 31st 2009



8317 Comments


yaah you are right, it just isn't my style.

Alright, I got my review out, you are welcome to read it.

Zip
May 31st 2009



5312 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Read.

Willie
Moderator
May 31st 2009



15876 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Nice review. I've got one written for this that I was going to post today, but I'll wait.

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