I am a fan of TTEOTD. I love their previous CD and their EP. Some of the heavier music I have heard. Makes me want to punt a baby. But what the hell were they thinking when they recorded this and heard this new vocalist. He is god awful. I actually laughed a bit when I heard the single for the first time. After laughing I got pretty pissed because I realized I had never seen them live…and I will not go see them live if this jackass is singing. He is horrendous. It sounds like a joke almost. Did they get this guy off that Cartoon Network show Metalocalypse? Lose this dude. Get Gunnells back. This grunting putz will get you no where.
Considering the band enlisted the skills of Erik Rutan (ex-Morbid Angel, Hate Eternal) to record Malice, THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD’s progression into the territory of unabashed death metal with guitar-driven melody and plenty of double bass, one could say the move was an aptly-timed shift into heavier waters. The follow-up to 2005’s Bloodlust, Malice builds upon the solid and dedicated fan base established while touring with Children of Bodom, God Forbid and on Sounds of the Underground 2006.
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Through the eyes of the dead is back! and back with a vengeance with malice this album has sick riffs and brutal drumming throughout, and the vocals are insane. their debut album bloodlust was one of my favorites for the time being but this…. this puts it on top for me i can’t wait for the third album from these guys this is just brutal!
After hearing this band’s last effort, “Bloodlust”, I was left a bit underwhelmed. The band was obviously talented, but seemed to lack coherency and direction. A year or two later, and they return with the ferocious and unrelenting “Malice”, and I stand corrected.
Through The Eyes Of The Dead are, for some reason, often lumped in with the “metalcore” scene, which isn’t really accurate at all. You’ll get no Killswitch/Underoath here. What you will get, however, is chops-heavy, super-technical and super-aggressive death metal with bizarre, convoluted riffing to spare and a crystal-clear, roof-raising production. The only criticism I could possibly level against this excellent disc is that the death vocals are at first a bit abrasive at times. Overall though, very satisfying, and a gigantic improvement over their previous full-length. Very heavy, very nihilistic. Recommended for fans of Suffocation, Job For A Cowboy, Decapitated, et al.
If you enjoyed any of the older material, you’ll certainly love “Malice” as well. After listening to the first few tracks, the record struck me as being death metal with a heavy groove to the sound. I wouldn’t even call this “metalcore.” The riffs and few “breakdowns” are more in tune with a death metal feel than most metalcore. The drumming is very double bass oriented, the vocals are provided courtesy of Nate (formerly of Premonitions of War) and production duties were handled by Erik Rutan (ex-Morbid Angel, Hate Eternal). Add these together and it makes for a crisp, killer album! Definitely shocked and suprised me to hear the difference and forward movement of this release compared to the last one. Just straight up heavy from the first track on.. I’m not much for reviews, but thats my opinion!
This is one of those CD’s that stays in your player a month after getting it in the mail. The first thing that blew me away about this CD was the drummer’s double bass: this guy makes his double bass parts sound like fifty machine guns going off at the same time. The overall sound on this one is also five star material all the way. You can hear everything, the way it was meant to be. I don’t care how many people say that bands that are more raw sounding are better. If you want to be able to hear everything going on then grab this. Goatwhore’s, Haunting Curse, is another example of that. The vocals here can match intensity with all the other instruments. On Bloodlust these guys were finding their sound; on Malice they found it and it’s kicking a** and taking names. If this isn’t in your metal collection, you’re missing out big time.