Eyes Set to Kill
Masks


3.5
great

Review

by Get Low USER (32 Reviews)
November 20th, 2020 | 21 replies


Release Date: 2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Eyes Djent to Kill

Eyes Set to Kill have been around for the better part of two decades now, and the height of their popularity came between the years 2008 and 2011, when they were releasing an album per year and touring non-stop. Two years after the release of White Lotus – an oddball compilation album of new material, old material, covers and acoustic tracks – Eyes Set to Kill released Masks in 2013. Up until this point, Eyes Set to Kill had been known for their emo-tinged style of post-hardcore, with male harsh vocals and female cleans. Most of these elements still remain in Masks, except they kicked the heaviness up a notch or two in their songwriting, to the point where I feel more comfortable labeling this as a metalcore album as opposed to a post-hardcore album.

The intro title-track, which is a minute-and-a-half long guitar and vocal buildup into a breakdown – while being far from an original idea in metalcore – was actually exciting to hear my first time listening to the album, as it was something I would not have previously expected from Eyes Set to Kill. The first proper song, Killing In Your Name, wastes no time in presenting what is to come for the rest of the album: fast riffs, intense singing, and kick-drum heavy percussion. The following track, Lost and Forgotten, after a quick, chug-heavy intro, features a verse of harsh vocals from Cisko Miranda (the band's best screamer of the several they've had) before leading into one of Alexis Rodriguez's infectious choruses. The rest of the album maintains this same consistency of sound and tempo for the most part, with the exceptions of Little Liar, Infected and Haze, which are slower, more melody-driven tracks reminiscent of the band's older music. Still, these tracks are good in their own right, and provide a peaceful break in the action when they occur.

Masks is Eyes Set to Kill's heaviest album to date, and also my personal favorite of theirs. There is an intensity and aggression on this album that is absent from their others, and given the more subdued nature of their latest self-titled album (as of the time of my writing this review), I doubt that the band will ever return to this sound. But with 13 tracks and a solid 45 minute runtime, Masks is enough to satisfy the need for a heavy album with female vocals that afflicts every metalhead from time to time.



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Get Low
November 20th 2020


8753 Comments


Best ESTK

bloc
November 20th 2020


64228 Comments


This band brings up a lot of high school memories. Think I used to have dreams about two women

Digging: DJ Sabrina the Teenage DJ - Makin' Magick

Get Low
November 21st 2020


8753 Comments


Oh I know, bloc. I saw your posts in the White Lotus thread in 2011.

Feather
November 21st 2020


6304 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Weird take, good review. Maybe I’ll give this another shot. I love their first 3 albums.

Digging: Seahaven - Halo of Hurt

Get Low
November 21st 2020


8753 Comments


When you say you love the first three, are you counting When Silence is Broken (some people exclude that album or consider it an EP)?

bloc
November 21st 2020


64228 Comments


lmao that was a trip down memory lane, glad you brought that up

Get Low
November 21st 2020


8753 Comments


Lol, I had to do my "research" before I wrote this review.

joshieboy
November 21st 2020


7845 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I haven't listened to this band since high school. Damn, the nostalgia is real

Feather
November 21st 2020


6304 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

@get low good call out! I don’t count when silence is broken. Not because I don’t appreciate it, The just re-released so many of the songs on reach and switch singers so I have always considered that their true debut. I really dug the next 2 as well, but by the time this was released I was no longer in my highschool scene music phase where I was consuming high amounts of this stuff.

Rolling Girl
November 21st 2020


1693 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Best ESTK agreed



Thi shit I didn’t know they put out an album in 2018

Digging: Soft Kill - Dead Kids R.I.P. City

Get Low
November 21st 2020


8753 Comments


"by the time this was released I was no longer in my highschool scene music phase where I was consuming high amounts of this stuff."

Neither was the majority of their fanbase, which is why they dropped off the radar so hard. I'm surprised they haven't broken up by now tbh.

"Thi shit I didn’t know they put out an album in 2018"

It's arguably their worst album. There's no screams on it, which I felt was a signature part of their sound.

joshieboy
November 22nd 2020


7845 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I jammed the shit out of Broken Frames back in the day. I remember Reach being a mad song as well. Gonna have to go back and jam the discog coz it's been a long time

Get Low
November 22nd 2020


8753 Comments


It's a fairly solid discog.

Feather
November 24th 2020


6304 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Hey, didn't catch that this was a new review you wrote up. Great job! pos.

Rolling Girl
November 24th 2020


1693 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"It's arguably their worst album. There's no screams on it, which I felt was a signature part of their sound"



I always thought their screamers were hit and miss. Once I give myself the time I'll give it a listen.

Feather
November 24th 2020


6304 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

"It's arguably their worst album. There's no screams on it, which I felt was a signature part of their sound"



I would argue it wasn't just the no screams, the music just felt hollow and boring. It didn't have the fun and energy that the first 3 albums brought us. I agree though, the screamers are very hit or miss, but I have always been able to give the shitty screaming a pass because I appreciated the youthful, carefree energy it seemed to bring.

Get Low
November 24th 2020


8753 Comments


Thanks for the pos!

The only screamer I didn't like was the guy they had on Broken Frames.

Feather
November 24th 2020


6304 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

@Get Low, thats exactly who I was thinking of. He sounded really really novice. Like a high school kid in a new band.. but like a high school kid in a new band, he at least sounded energetic and full of passion.

Get Low
November 24th 2020


8753 Comments


Lol, oddly enough, I saw Eyes Set To Kill live in 2018, and their current rhythm guitarist was able to perfectly imitate how all of the past harsh vocalists sounded. He was able to sound exactly like that dude when they played Broken Frames, then turn around and sound exactly like their first screamer when they performed Darling. Needless to say, I was impressed.

Feather
November 24th 2020


6304 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I mean, all of this bands screamers have not been particularly strong. That was part of the charm I really enjoyed back in the day because I felt like I could even imitate them with no experience whatsoever haha



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