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Eyes of Fire
Released: 2003, Century Media
Century Media isn’t really known for having “tough guy” metal on their roster, nor are they known for being experimental in the bands that they choose to sign. However, that reputation may change a little once ASHES TO EMBERS, Eyes of Fire’s debut CD hit shelves early next year.
Squeezed from the rubble of Mindrot and Shiva, Eyes of Fire is a new quintet hailing from Orange County, the land of The Offspring and the birthing ground of countless faceless pop-punk losers. Thankfully Eyes of Fire has absolutely nothing in common with bands like that, fitting more into a niche of their own, partially shared with bands like Neurosis, Paradise Lost, and Pissing Razors. Sort of. Whatever the case, the bands tribally-influenced metal is highly addictive and mesmerizing on this teaser EP.
Opening with the crushing “Disintegrate”, the band immediately get down to business, slaying everything in sight with their heavy, take no prisoners riffage. Both catchy and abrasive, “Disintegrate” is brutal, almost making you weep because why in hell are these five mean guys yelling at you? Great stuff.
“Hopeless” is a complete stylistic shift from the opener, being a hypnotic, trance-inducing song, the guitars lightly raining down upon the dual vocals of Fisher and Kaufman. Very awesome. The highlight of the disc.
“Anyone” continues in the more emotional vein established by “Hopeless”, but with a little more venom in the vocals and guitars. I guess the best way to describe it is to fall back on the old cliché: it’s a power ballad, with the emphasis on the power. Man, that description just doesn’t do it justice. Whatever, it’s a great song.
I’m extremely interested to hear the band’s full length debut when it finally drops in 2004. This is heavy brute metal with heart and talent. Check it out!
Fisher: Vocals, Bass
Kaufman: Vocals, Guitars
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