Sound: This band brings some of the fastest music I have heard to date. Any individual looking for quickly paced drumming is in need of listening to this band, Through The Eyes Of The Dead, more specifically this record, Skepsis. Easily one of the craziest bands to date, adding yet another drummer, Michael Ranne, who seems to be even more technical than previous drummer Josh Kulick, adding greatly improved beats and fills to every song. Also behind the influences of how the music came out would be new guitarist, Chris Henckel, who seems to attribute nicely do the guitars on the album. Harmonies are present quite frequently on the album, and the two guitarists bounce riffs off one another constantly, creating some really tight bonds between the guitars. Solos range from technical scale runs to harmonious octave chords, which create better melodies than the previous albums could ever ask for.
What really kept this album interesting were the rhythms of the guitars and bass compared to the drums. Throughout most of the album the guitars and bass were keeping a crazier timed, relaxing beat that had its own intense rhythms to soothe the listener. The drums on the other hand always were kept at too fast to keep track of timing, with so fast bass drums the two offset rhythms seem to flow well, and really shows how technical and talented this band is behind the music. // 9
Lyrics: Adding another vocalist to the bands chemistry seemed to have increased the strength of the vocals. Danny Rodriguez has now taken over the vocals for the band, and he has a similar voice to old vocalist Nate Johnson, but having quite a bit more range. Rodriguez has a high pitched scream, but it lacks some depth behind it, but in this case, it seems to fit perfectly with the overall sound of the band and album. // 7
Overall Impression: Overall the sound that the band wanted to portray has finally exceeded its height, and this album shows that perfectly. Fast rhythms, crazy guitars, well ranged vocals, and even great flow from song to song keeps this album pretty interesting. The breakdowns are less noticeable than before, but are some strong climaxes to songs. This is heavily seen in the song Manifest, where the breakdown includes fast snare play with some equally fast guitars, and don't forget the intensity coming from the vocals. Many art fans will find the cover of this album as equally graphic and interesting as every other album by this band. Skepsis is a must have for lovers of The Black Dahlia Murder, The Red Shore, and any other brutal metal fan. // 8
- Sean Michael Gonzalez (c) 2010