Band: Dead Eyes Always Dreaming (D.E.A.D.)
Album: Defilement Of A Wretched Earth
Release: April 1st, 2016
Origin: Battle Creek, MI
Recorded, Produced, and Co-written by Corey Alexander. Mixing and Mastering by James Zhan. Additional editing by Oliver Wang. Recorded at QUA Productions.
Straight from the pits of hell, now residing in Battle Creek/Kalamazoo Michigan, Dead Eyes Always Dreaming released their debut album Defilement Of A Wretched Earth on April 1st 2016. The band consists of vocalist Alex Hunter, Kenneth Evans on guitar, Andrew Holiday on bass and Spencer Robinson on drums.
My first impression of the album was “I need to hear it again.” The first track “Guilitbreather” instantly put me in the right mind-frame to write this review. What I love most about this album is that it is not predictible. Usually with most metal bands, you can predict whats about to happen next, not this band. From mega quick blast beats, and hard hitting bass lines, to harmonizing guitar riffs and a wide vocal range, this band fails to bore me.
A track that really stands out for me is, “Sound Of Sickness,” the 4th track on the album. Not only is the name appropriate for the track, but it is my personal favorite. It brought me back to early to mid 2000’s when Chimaira was making their rounds with their albums Impossibility of Reason and Chimaira. As hard as it is to normally pick a favorite track off an album, this was no question with me.
It was really hard to find something I disliked about this album. I thought long and hard about this and the only complaint I have is that sometimes the guitars build you up making you think that it’s going to lead into more badassery, but then leaves you hanging. However, this might fall back to where I mentioned that this album isn’t predictable. I honestly can’t tell if I like the fact it leaves you hanging, or if I hate it, but other than that I have no real complaints.
At this point in time, it feels as if all directions of metal have been exhausted. But fortunately, the envelope continues to be pushed when it is least expected. This album delivered that envolope without any question.
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Written by: James McClellan
RIYL: Carnifex, Rings Of Saturn, Chimaira, All Shall Perish, Aversions Crown, Necrophagist, The Black Dahlia Murder, Whitechapel, Lorna Shore, Dysphoria, Slice The Cake, and Vildhjarta.