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Arch Enemy
Dead Eyes See No Future EP
January 2005
Released: 2004, Century Media
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: Gabriel C. Zolman

Musically, there is nothing here you haven’t heard before. If you are a fan, you will already own this—and justifiably so; if you are new to this artist’s latest incarnation, you would do yourself a favor to pick this up. Both the seasoned and the curious should throw this on the pile.

The new track is standard Angela-era Arch Enemy—strong, abrasive, and subversively melodic…triumphant Post-Thrash, played with utmost confidence, and a good deal of abandon. The live tracks are surprisingly worthwhile. The average listener will not believe these tracks are live. Having been witness to more than one of this band’s shows, this particular reviewer can guarantee you that they are. This is in fact, in all ways, the real deal. They really can—and do—pull this stuff off. Any overdubs or clean-up jobs are minimal at best.

For all practical purposes, the true prize here, however, are the trio of cover tunes. The first, an ambition retread of Megadeth’s “Symphony Of Destruction,” is inspired—though the vocals sound as if they were phoned in. The band’s interpretation of Manowar’s “Kill With Power” is considerably more adept, virtually reinventing the original into something far more primal than before. The last endeavor—and the real treat for long-time fans—is the concert staple, “Incarnated Solvent Abuse” by Carcass. This is, of course, only appropriate seeing as Michael Amott played on the original as well. This redux is no better or no worse.

All in all, this alludes to better things. Somewhere out there, past the pit, you can almost hear Jeff Walker gnash his teeth.
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)
**"We Will Rise" music video

Lineup

Angela Gossow—Vocals
Chris Amott—Lead Guitar
Michael Amott—Rhythm Guitar
Sharlee D’Angelo—Bass
Daniel Erlandsson—Drums


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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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