Released By : Just Say Rock Records
Genre: Modern Metal, Groove Metal
2. Weight Of Redemption
5. A Reason For Treason
8. Burn The World
9. Violent Rapture
10. The Paradigm Of Penance
It’s hard for me to review Aussie bands because I don’t want people to think that I am over exaggerating my opinions with a bit of homeland spirit. So let it be know before you read this review, WEIGHT OF REDEMPTION is one of the best metal albums I have heard all year and my rating and opinion would have been the same no matter where the band came from.
So let’s get to it then…. EYE OF THE ENEMY is a new modern metal band hailing from Melbourne, Australia and since the release of their first demo in 2006 and subsequent E.P in 2008 have been tearing up the country with a heap of live shows and supports slots for CRADLE OF FILTH and AMON AMARTH. Enter 2010, and the band has just released their debut full-length album courtesy of Just Say Rock Records titled WEIGHT OF REDEMPTION and is preparing to take the world by storm. As I write this review, the band are still playing smaller local gigs, but I think it’s just a matter of time until the world recognize them and they start playing some massive gigs.
EYE OF THE ENEMY’S brand of aggressive modern metal is infused with a shitload of groove and layers of melody that all up make a very accessible sound, while still staying heavy enough to please real metal nuts. Fans of bands like SCAR SYMMETRY, LAMB OF GOD, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE and even PANTERA should certainly do themselves a favor and check out what these guys are doing. They don’t sound exactly like any of the above mentioned bands, but influences of each of them can be found strewn through the album. Take for example opening track PEACE, which has a real Death Thrash vibe to it with a very modern vocal style that while very heavy is still decipherable to the naked ear without the need to look though the lyrics book. Then from that the album moves to title track WEIGHT OF REDEMPTION that has an undeniable groove to it and sounds like a bit of a heavier version of PANTERA. Skip forward a couple of tracks to FACADE and we find the band slowing things down a bit and adding some clean vocals to create a song that reminds me a little of DEFTONES, but even though it’s a slower tune there is still plenty of aggression to be found within it. A REASON FOR TREASON brings things back up a bit and is a bit of a combination of all of the previous songs with some thrash elements mixed with a melodic chorus and covered with a massive amount of groove. BURN THE WORLD is another track that deserves a special mention and may well be the best song on the album, a very melodic thrash song if you will, that should have enough to appeal to many ends of the metal spectrum. The album finished with an eight minute punch in the face titled THE PARADIGM OF PENANCE that serves as a stark reminder that even though there is a lot of melody and groove to be found on the album, WEIGHT OF REDEMTION is definitely a metal album designed to tear your face off, albeit gently at times.
Make no mistake, this is one the best albums of 2010 across all metal genres and should be enough to get EYE OF THE ENEMY in the eye sight of the worldwide metal buying public. If you are into any iterations of modernized metal whatsoever, that means anything like PANTERA, TRIVIUM, SCAR SYMMETRY, LAMB OF GOD and many other related bands, do yourself a favor and give these guys a go, You may well be as impressed as I was.
Written By ZeeZee