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Arch Enemy
Dead Eyes See No Future EP
February 2005
Released: 2004, Century Media
Rating: 3.0/5
Reviewer: MetalGeorge

I made no secret of my distaste for this formerly great band’s lackluster ANTHEMS OF REBELLION full length, and it’s oh-so obvious ploy at mainstream Ameri-core acceptance. At the same time, however, I did admit that it possessed some solid songs amidst the turds that amassed the bulk of it’s weight. One of those songs happened to be “Dead Eyes See No Future”, which coincidentally enough is the title of the band’s newest ep release.



Containing the album cut of the same name, this half hour long stopgap also contains a number of live tracks and covers. Recorded live in Paris, you get “Burning Angel”, “Heart of Darkness” (from the band’s unstoppable WAGES OF SIN opus), and the ANTHEMS cut “We Will Rise”, of which there also is a video clip. The sound here is admirable, and presents the band in fine form, even if front woman Angela Gossow continues to show that her actual FRONTING skills leave a lot to be desired. I swear, if the woman says the word “fuck” one more time, I’m going to throw myself down a flight of stairs.



Cover-wise it’s a little more hit or miss. “Symphony of Destruction” is way too down tuned and slow to be of any worth or use to anyone; all the energy and catchiness of the original being flushed down the toilet in exchange for a “heavy” sound. Boo…Oh yeah, and Angela’s vocals suck on this one, but you knew that already, right?



The Manowar cover is a different story altogether. Gossow’s performance is decent, though a bit cheesy and forced in the chorus, but musically the band is firing on all cylinders. You can clearly tell that the love of true metal still bleeds within the Amott’s veins, as shown by the blazing lead sections here. Alltogether awesome.



As far as the Carcass cover goes…well if you ask me, it’s kind of redundant to do. I don’t particularly see the value in covering a song you already did with your old band, but as far as replications go, it’s right on the money. A bit more melodic sounding, sure, but this IS Arch Enemy we’re talking about here, right?



While DEAD EYES SEE NO FUTURE is a novel idea, and is an entertaining enough way to spend a half hour, it’s replay value is severely limited. I found myself bored of this one after a couple spins, and I doubt I’ll ever spin it again. That said, I could only recommend this to completists like myself. Otherwise, you’re better off waiting for the next Arch Enemy full length.



Let’s just hope it’s not as bad as ANTHEMS OF REBELLION.
Track Listing

1. Dead Eyes See No Future
2. Burning Angel (live)
3. We Will Rise (live)
4. Heart of Darkness (live)
5. Symphony of Destruction (Megadeth cover)
6. Kill With Power (Manowar cover)
7. Incarnated Solvent Abuse (Carcass cover)

Lineup

Mike Amott-guitars
Chris Amott-guitars
Daniel Svensson-drums
Sharlee D’Angelo-bass
Angela Gossow-vocals


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