Black Eye-Black Eye

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Reviewed: June 2022
Released: May 2022, Frontiers Music Srl
Rating: 4/5
Reviewer: Buddy H


Over the years, we metal fans have seen many trends come and go. Some are good. Others are bad. While the idea of assembling a “super group” is nothing new, this seems to be the trend du jour in good ole 2022. New bands sprout up overnight, and Frontiers Music Srl appears to be very fertile ground for such projects. Presented for our listening pleasure this month is the self-titled debut from Black Eye.

Black Eye was assembled for one reason – to highlight the incredible vocals of Mr. David Readman. If you are familiar with any of the bands that this prolific vocalist has been involved with (Adagio, Almanac, Voodoo Circle, and most famously, Pink Cream 69), then you know exactly what to expect. Frontiers surrounded Readman with an amazing supporting cast: Aldo Lonobile (Archon Angel, Secret Sphere, Sweet Oblivion) and Luca Princiotta (Doro) on guitars, Andrea Arcangeli (DGM) on bass, and David Folchitto (Fleshgod Apocalypse, Stormlord) on drums. Also, Antonio Agate and Mattia Gosetti (Agarthic) contributed keyboards and orchestrations. Lonobile acted as producer as well, and the album sounds great!

Black Eye deliver excellently crafted tunes that stylistically range from straight ahead driving traditional metal to full on European power metal. Take Edguy as the main ingredient and blend in a good amount of The Ferrymen (with less orchestration), and you have a pretty good idea of what Black Eye are all about. As expected, Readman’s powerful vocals are placed firmly front and center and it is immediately apparent that he hasn’t lost one bit of range at this stage in his impressive career. As remarkable as Readman is, the performances by the rest of the band are equally notable. The rhythm section delivered by Arcangeli and Folchitto is absolutely rock solid. Lonobile and Princiotta supply some mighty impressive riffs and solo work throughout the entire collection.

The album starts off in magnificent fashion with the 1-2-3 metallic gut punch of “The Hurricane”, “Space Travel”, and “Break The Chains”. The tunes stream along nicely until an ever-present obligatory ballad, in this case “Midnight Sunset,” is placed right in the middle of the collection. The song is not bad at all. But for me, this just chokes the fire right out of an otherwise superbly flowing river of molten metal. Thankfully, the fire immediately returns in the form of the blistering “Under Enemy’s Fire” and continues for the remainder of the album.

BLACK EYE is a great debut full of strong vocals, pounding rhythms and potent guitar work. Only time will tell if Black Eye will continue as a proper “group” or if they get filed away with all the other one-off projects. Regardless of the outcome, do yourself a favor and pick this one up. I think you will be as pleasantly surprised as I was!


Track Listing:

1. The Hurricane
2. Space Travel
3. Break The Chains
4. No Turning Back
5. Darkest Night
6. Midnight Sunset
7. Under Enemy’s Fire
8. The Landing
9. Don’t Trust Anyone
10. When You’re Gone
11. Time Stand Still

Lineup:

David Readman – Vocals
Aldo Lonobile – Guitar
Luca Princiotta – Guitar
Andrea Arcangeli – Bass
David Folchitto – Drums
Antoni Agate, Mattia Gosetti – Keyboards & Orchestral Arrangements


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