Through the Eyes of the Dead
The Annihilation of Expectation


4.0
excellent

Review

by Jewish Dickgirl USER (17 Reviews)
August 17th, 2006 | 16 replies | 8,730 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist


2 of 2 thought this review was well written

This review is for Through The Eyes Of The Dead's Half of the split with The Knife Trade entitled The Annihilation Of Expectation.

The Annihilation Of Expectation starts out very interestingly, some wind noises, and then a neck breaking introductory riff, followed shortly after with a clip from Dawn Of The Dead:

"When there is no more room in Hell, the dead will walk the Earth."

Thus starts Abyssal Creation, with yet another crunching riff, and a piercing shriek from vocalist Anthony Gunnels. Quite quickly, the song bursts out into a fast paced melodic attack, twin guitar harmonies, stop and go riffing, double-kick drumming reminiscent of a machine gun, and of course fantastic vocals contrasting between a shrieking high-end, a magnificent mid-range, and a brutal growl. Towards the end we go into a nice and slow melodic interlude, and then, more brutality!

"He disembowled her, after he cut a thorough stab in her chest, cut out her stomach and took out the intestines... at least one of her oraphaces was removed..."

The Reconstruction Of The Female Anatomy starts out with a nice clip about Jack The Ripper, and then we're thrown into more energetic melodic brutallity. Fantastic melodic lead, nice contrasting breakdown a bit further in, and then an over all change. The song is basically made of stop and go riffing, you've got melodic riff then chugging riff then melodic riff all over again, the entire time you've got the perfect blend of shrieking and growling to cover the diversity. Overall, the song is just intense, even if it just progresses all over the place rather than in a straight line.

"There are no more barriers to cross; all I have in common with the uncontrollable and the insane, the vicious and the evil, all of the mayhem I have caused, I have surpassed,"

Not sure what the clip is, but Erratic Perception starts out with a very Black Dahlia Murder-esque slow melodic yet somehow brutal as *** intro, but then progresses into TTEOTD's well shaped, unique sound... a bit more structure to this song though, the riffs seem to lead into one another a bit better than on Reconstruction, still, tons of contrasts between brutal chuggy parts and quick melodic parts. Towards the end, the whole song stops, we have a nice drum fill, and then wtf? Between The Buried In Me? Not quite, but similar, much better vocals though!

The Truest Shade Of Crimson can be considered TTEOTD's 'epic ballad.'

6 minutes of progressing from one riff to another, all the while Anthony tells the tale of being so in love with a girl that he wants to murder her.

At 1:32, nice creepy solo with a very In Flames F(r)iend style rhythm, then it explodes, only to start chugging away again about 30 seconds later:

"Around your neck is where my hands are heading to prove my point that love is what you make it.
It's not that I hate you, it's just that I love to hurt you."

And then we have a beautiful solo at 2:47, one of my favorites ever, really, and yes, they follow it with another explosion of brutality, gotta love it, they're all over the place, but you can count on them to do it. The song has a nice outro of Anthony growling, "I don't hate you, I just love to hurt you," repeatedly, slowing down each time (the music as well), and steadily going deaper, absolutely perfect way to end the album, so perfectly dramatic.

Overall, I'd say TTEOTD's half of the split deserves a 4/5, it's absolutely amazing. As I've stated before, it's all over the place, it's completely energetic, and it's beautifully melodic, and crushingly brutal at the same time.



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the2stranger
August 17th 2006



130 Comments


Very well written, gives a good idea about the music. Too bad you didn't review the other half of the split.

i am the robots
August 17th 2006



1027 Comments


I'll get around to reviewing the Knife Trade's half some other time, but it's not nearly as good.

i am the robots
August 20th 2006



1027 Comments


#1. I take back my Knife Trade comment, they own.
#2. I need to whore this review more so that kiddies hear the awesomeness of this split.
#3. I need to make the Knife Trade counter part to this review.

rising2anend
December 8th 2006



50 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

the clip from erratic perception is from american physco said by christian bale. you might reconize his voice also from the clip from angels dont kill by children of bodom, good review, im gettin this for christmas hopefully, im excited.

Confessed2005
January 24th 2008



3314 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

So many bands sample American Psycho, it's ridiculous.

I want this solely for the vocal performance. I heard Abyssal Creation and he sounded utterly insane.

masscows
January 24th 2008



2236 Comments


The music is certainly worth mentioning too. It's technical, brutal, melodic, has great breakdowns and is catchy as hell. It's not your typical boring contrived 'deathcore' bullshit.

(The TTEOTD half at least, I haven't even heard the other half)

Confessed2005
January 24th 2008



3314 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm only getting the TTEOTD half for now.

It's a shame this band went down that route of boring, contrived deathcore. Early stuff was good.

masscows
January 24th 2008



2236 Comments


This is imo their only release that is very worthwhile. Bloodlust has some good songs (Not talking about the re-recordings of Beneath Dying Skies and Truest Shade of Crimson) but is ruined by the vocals being layered/distorted too much. Malice, well...sucks. Scars of Ages is solid but is pretty contrived and has too many breakdowns just for the sake of breakdowns. It's kind of generic melodic metalcore with some death metal influences; a solid enough start I guess.

This one is great through and through.

botb
May 2nd 2008



9654 Comments


Mappy this has really made me want to hear this.

masscows
May 2nd 2008



2236 Comments


TTEOTD's half of the split is some of the best 'deathcore' I've heard

i am the robots
May 3rd 2008



1027 Comments


yeah it's really fucking good

AND SO WE PRAY WITH OUR HANDS IN PYRAMID SHAPES

AbyssalCreation
July 30th 2008



2041 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This EP is simply superb Abyssal Creation is worth the price of admission alone(I'd say Truest Shade also but it was re-recorded.)Erratic Perception and Reconstruction Of The Female Anatomy are both also great songs, hell even the intro is epic is fuck. I totally agree with masscows this is definitely some of the best "deathcore" out there.

Someone should review The Knife Trades side of this as it is just as awesome as TTEOTDS.

MalleusMaleficarum
June 29th 2011



14293 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

better than Bloodlust

MalleusMaleficarum
October 26th 2012



14293 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

im prolly gonna do a review of this because bes deathcore ever

Nikkolae
October 26th 2012



4838 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ya

Digging: Pallbearer - Foundations of Burden

Xplisit
January 9th 2013



1646 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

BEST DEATHCORE RELEASE



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