Through the Eyes of the Dead
Skepsis


2.5
average

Review

by lostatsea88 USER (7 Reviews)
February 19th, 2010 | 26 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: More of the same from TTEOTD, but lacking any memorable songs or replay value.

So, after the abhorrent review that I first posted for this album, I come here with my head hung, incredibly embarrassed. As I have written a few more reviews since, I know that I am improving with each review and I am going to atone for the absolute lack of partiality on this previous review.

Through the Eyes of the Dead have always been regarded in my heart as one of my first forays into aggressive music. The Scars of Ages and Annihilation of Expectation opened my eyes to the world of breakdowns, double bass, and lyrical embarassment. However, I know that TTEOTD have continually had trouble with a revolving door of musicians over their span of one EP, one split, and their now three full lengths. Malice as an album leaned more towards death metal than the metalcore present in Bloodlust, and Skepsis listens more like like a poorly remade Bloodlust.

Armed with a new vocalist, guitarist, and drummer, one would think that the sound on this album would be dramatically different, or at least marginally so. The most surprising aspect of this album is that the music really is no different than what TTEOTD has had to offer in the past. The new drummer is fairly creative as well as being incredibly fast, and new vocalist certainly has range. It is just a more of the same, which will be a disappointment to fans expecting progression from them. There are some standout tracks, such as The Manifest and the title track, but there are no new tricks which will warrant new fans or casual listeners of the genre.

Upon first listen, I must admit I was very impressed with the musicality of the album. The important thing to remember is that while the band is obviously full of talented musicians, the lack of writing memorable riffs affects the replay of this record a great deal. There are a few songs on here that even begin so similarly that I thought that my ipod had randomly gone on shuffle. Unlike some bands that rip off bigger and more influential bands than themselves, TTEOTD have seemed to rip off themselves a few times on the album. Many of these songs may translate well in a live setting, but it does seem like the band brought back more breakdowns because the fans were demanding it.

Even though I have been a long time TTEOTD fan, the dealbreaker for me on this record is the absolute horrible production quality; recording with Erik Rutan for the album Malice may have spoiled me, but the recording of Skepsis is thin and weak-sounding in comparison to their other works. The main issue with the album itself can be inferred from my personal experience with it: I listened to it one time through, loved like only a fanboy could, and then have not listened to it since this re-review. It is not even on my ipod anymore. Fans of the band, listen and enjoy, but beware of the lacking originality of this album.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Athom
Staff Reviewer
February 19th 2010


17231 Comments


slow the fuck down

Phantom
February 19th 2010


8930 Comments


stop posting your shitty reviews one after the other, dick.

Ire
February 19th 2010


41828 Comments


ya fuck u

Dryden
February 19th 2010


13284 Comments


not going to read your reviews after this little stunt

Phantom
February 19th 2010


8930 Comments


i'm so angry right now you dont even kno

TheWayfarerElectric
February 19th 2010


154 Comments


Being prolific doesn't make you good. This review was terrible, and it's obvious you wrote this in five minutes. This is a major regression from your first review, which is arguably your best.

Ire
February 19th 2010


41828 Comments


you should write for Rolling Stone

TheWayfarerElectric
February 19th 2010


154 Comments


Who him?

Ire
February 19th 2010


41828 Comments


nah u

KnuckleChowder
February 19th 2010


157 Comments


Am I the only one that sees this review yelling not-so-subtle fanboy-ism?

To the reviewer: Just... just stop. Please.

TheWayfarerElectric
February 19th 2010


154 Comments


Why?

Volt2187
February 19th 2010


241 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Didn't hear much from this album, but it sounded generic as hell, and the vocalist's highs are horrid.

Ire
February 19th 2010


41828 Comments


^the black dahlia murder

TheWayfarerElectric
February 19th 2010


154 Comments


^Yes

Burn2Burn
February 20th 2010


2378 Comments


cept the black dahlia murder rule face.

Ire
February 20th 2010


41828 Comments


yeah black dahlia rules, that's the biggest difference.

Wizard
February 20th 2010


19644 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Has not been a good couple of days for metal. First I give this a spin and then new DT....putting on Neurosis to make myself feel better hahahaha.

Digging: Ash Borer - Cold of Ages

Wizard
February 20th 2010


19644 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

It wasn't funny.

bloozclooz
February 20th 2010


1770 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

this isn't even a review. all he says is: even though it sucks, i like it. quit clogging up my toilet with this stuff. the album sucked, btw

jk2two
February 20th 2010


105 Comments


Man, we don't need another band like this do we? I can't give this a rating because I'm not going to finish listening to it.



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