The Eyes Of A Traitor
A Clear Perception


4.0
excellent

Review

by TrojanWhore USER (6 Reviews)
February 14th, 2009 | 115 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A decent mix of metalcore, some elements of deathcore and the always popular Gothenburg sound. The Eyes of a Traitor have crafted an impressive debut, showcasing their excellent songwriting ability and competent technicality.

Decent metalcore and deathcore bands are hard to come across these days. Both scenes are saturated with an overwhelming number of copycat bands, who seemingly steal each others riffs, breakdowns and song structures. The Eyes of a Traitor are a band that treads the line between metalcore and deathcore, adding elements of the always popular Gothenburg melodic death metal into their sound to good effect. The band may not be particularly innovative but what they do is remarkably solid. This album, their first major release, showcases ten tracks of well written metal featuring all the elements required to make a brutal and interesting listen. Opening track Under Siege pummels the listener with its groovy riffs and interesting double bass patterns. Instrumentally, the band is relatively talented – the rhythm section is very solid, the guitars are interesting in terms of the riffs they produce and the vocals fit the music perfectly. Midway through Under Siege, we get a sort of breakdown section where the vocals twist into an almost hardcore shout. It’s pretty cool to listen to, as is the pleasant but short clean section included in the song which sounds particularly ethereal.

Like Clockwork continues with the same formula that the previous track displayed. Very melodic phrases of guitar reminiscent of Scandinavian melodic death metal feature in the intro. This is the first song on the album where leads feature a bit more prominently – these leads are pretty well written; melodic, tasteful and quite technical. Sweeps also feature in a number of songs on the album, notably in the intro of With Different Eyes and the monstrosity of a track Escape These Walls, which features an astoundingly groovy breakdown riff (as well as a hugely sick solo). The rest of the album follows suit - a mix of metalcore sections fused with Gothenburg-influenced parts. It's a very successful formula but after multiple listens could become a little tiring.

Overall, A Clear Perception takes a number of influences from a range of different genres and fuses them together to form what sounds like a relatively fresh sound. Whilst in essence the band aren’t reinventing anything or producing material that is considerably groundbreaking, if you are a fan of heavy music that is quite diverse then you should probably check this band out. As far as the modern British metal scene is concerned, The Eyes of a Traitor are up there with Architects, Ted Maul, and The Arusha Accord amongst others. This is a sure recommendation for most metalheads.

Recommendations
Under Siege
Escape These Walls
Echoes



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Metalstyles
Emeritus
February 14th 2009


8573 Comments


good review, short and right to the point. You have sold me on this one, probably going to check this out right away. Voted

TrojanWhore
February 14th 2009


752 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Cheers man. Yeah, it is well worth checking out, definitely an impressive debut album.

DoctorNurse
February 14th 2009


475 Comments


Tracklist?

TrojanWhore
February 14th 2009


752 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I don't know how to edit the album artwork or tracklist of an existing album. Could anyone help me?

DBlitz
February 14th 2009


1693 Comments


you're reviewing again, cool

DWittisarockstar
February 14th 2009


1501 Comments


this isn't out yet.

stream?

edit-actually i don't care. You overrate this a bit but it's ok. I really dislike how they use the clean vocals.This Message Edited On 02.14.09

Phantom
February 14th 2009


8985 Comments


I was going to review this then I decided I didn't like the band that much anymore. They got old fast.

Still might do their By Sunset EP though.

FistfulOfSteel
February 14th 2009


894 Comments


i enjoy their ep

botb
February 14th 2009


12007 Comments


sooooooo good. A deathcore album hasn't hit me this hard since The Price of Existence.

Digging: Old Gods Defied - Demo 2018

Hawks
February 14th 2009


62449 Comments


I listened to a few songs on their myspace and they were pretty good. Don't think it would be a 4 or a 4.5 though.

Digging: Senses Fail - Life Is Not a Waiting Room

Phantom
February 14th 2009


8985 Comments


Yeah, 3-3.5 at best.

Hawks
February 14th 2009


62449 Comments


Yeah definitely. Out of the songs I've heard, I would say Misconceptions is the best.

botb
February 14th 2009


12007 Comments


Escape These Walls is friggin incredible.

Hawks
February 14th 2009


62449 Comments


I listened to Misconceptions, Like Clockwork, and Escape These Walls. All of them were good, but just like mostly all deathcore, it got repetitive. I don't know if I'm going to be checking out the rest of this album.

bastard
February 14th 2009


3432 Comments


http://www.metal-archives.com/images/2/1/9/7/219726.jpg

album art

TricksterGRex
February 14th 2009


2087 Comments


That art is fucking terrible, just like I'm sure this album is.

botb
February 14th 2009


12007 Comments


Yes totally, you can tell totally how an album is just by the art.

you moron. :rolleyes:

scyther
February 14th 2009


1606 Comments


http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/joke

botb
February 14th 2009


12007 Comments


oshi being trolled by new users itr

scyther
February 14th 2009


1606 Comments


I mean you can call it whatever you like, though eventually you are indeed going to have to learn how to read.



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