Skepsis review by Through the Eyes of the Dead

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  • Released: Feb 2, 2010
  • Sound: 9
  • Lyrics: 7
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 8 Superb
  • Users' score: 7.6 (27 votes)
Through the Eyes of the Dead: Skepsis
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Sound — 9
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.

Lyrics — 7
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.

Overall Impression — 8
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.

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    bikenutter
    get over it already - deathcore rescued death metal from dying on it's arse slowly and in so doing brought about a resurgance in popularity for "true" death metal bands such as Cannibal corpse, suffocation, deicide, decapitated etc - you know, those ones you spend all your time in your room wanking to with the curtains shut? admittedly deathcore has brought some shite bands to the fore as well, but that's just something we'll have to deal with
    King ofKumbucha
    bikenutter wrote: get over it already - deathcore rescued death metal from dying on it's arse slowly and in so doing brought about a resurgance in popularity for "true" death metal bands such as Cannibal corpse, suffocation, deicide, decapitated etc - you know, those ones you spend all your time in your room wanking to with the curtains shut? admittedly deathcore has brought some shite bands to the fore as well, but that's just something we'll have to deal with
    No... just not even close to reality. Death metal has always had it's audience while most people who listen to deathcore hate death metal.
    samlocke14
    henkka_potku wrote: It's NOT death metal. Stop ruining the reputation of death metal with... this.
    get over it. in 10 years time, all this 'deathcore' or whatever genre will simply be remembered as METAL. its all metal in one way or another, and thats how it will be remembered.
    henkka_potku
    samlocke14 wrote: henkka_potku wrote: It's NOT death metal. Stop ruining the reputation of death metal with... this. get over it. in 10 years time, all this 'deathcore' or whatever genre will simply be remembered as METAL. its all metal in one way or another, and thats how it will be remembered.
    That's my worst nightmare.
    Jsteele1408
    henkka_potku wrote: That's my worst nightmare.
    Waaahhh. Metal purists are so moronic. If you don't like it, don't listen to it. Besides, it's not like anybody besides other crybaby metal purists care about the "sanctity" of a sub-genre.
    lethaldosage45
    I like both death metal and Deathcore, but this band doesn't really do anything for me. Their sound is very blah... could not get through this album.
    henkka_potku
    bikenutter wrote: get over it already - deathcore rescued death metal from dying on it's arse slowly and in so doing brought about a resurgance in popularity for "true" death metal bands such as Cannibal corpse, suffocation, deicide, decapitated etc - you know, those ones you spend all your time in your room wanking to with the curtains shut? admittedly deathcore has brought some shite bands to the fore as well, but that's just something we'll have to deal with
    Deathcore is the cancer of metal. It's like a tumor in the brain turning death metal into hurr durr durr. Deathcore didn't rescue anything, since REAL death metal doesn't have to be rescued. It doesn't take a purist to notice that deathcore actually IS pretty damn bad.
    samlocke14
    henkka_potku wrote: bikenutter wrote: get over it already - deathcore rescued death metal from dying on it's arse slowly and in so doing brought about a resurgance in popularity for "true" death metal bands such as Cannibal corpse, suffocation, deicide, decapitated etc - you know, those ones you spend all your time in your room wanking to with the curtains shut? admittedly deathcore has brought some shite bands to the fore as well, but that's just something we'll have to deal with Deathcore is the cancer of metal. It's like a tumor in the brain turning death metal into hurr durr durr. Deathcore didn't rescue anything, since REAL death metal doesn't have to be rescued. It doesn't take a purist to notice that deathcore actually IS pretty damn bad.
    said like a true ignoramus if you dont like it, dont bash it
    Dynamight
    bikenutter wrote: get over it already - deathcore rescued death metal from dying on it's arse slowly and in so doing brought about a resurgance in popularity for "true" death metal bands such as Cannibal corpse, suffocation, deicide, decapitated etc - you know, those ones you spend all your time in your room wanking to with the curtains shut? admittedly deathcore has brought some shite bands to the fore as well, but that's just something we'll have to deal with
    Slowly dying? It was pretty much "dead" alreadyit's not like you could ever catch a Death Metal song on the radio. It was always an underground genre, and I doubt its fans give a damn how popular it is. Saying deathcore is good because it made death metal more popular is like saying nu-metal is good because it made metal in general more popular.
    bikenutter
    never mind - it really doesn't matter. Am looking forward to giving this album a listen
    kaizerkhan13
    bikenutter wrote: never mind - it really doesn't matter. Am looking forward to giving this album a listen
    smart more lol. better luck arguing with a wall than to change an opinion. great album, tteotd have been through so many different incarnations, good to see theyve got a collaborative band going. production quality wasnt as good as malice, but i still like it.
    Alexxx.
    How is it NOT metal? It has all the same characteristics and in all fairness better musicianship a lot of the time
    khujo1023
    Fuck all of you... I'm calling metal happy hardcore house music from now on. *WIN*
    duncang
    Checked. Review's a good effort...but it's just so obvious that English isn't your first language - the whole thing sounds awkward. Sorry.
    wndrw982
    If I say anything else that's offensive, I'll be banned from UG! I cannot share my opinion!
    duncang
    wndrw982 wrote: If I say anything else that's offensive, I'll be banned from UG! I cannot share my opinion!
    It's easier to delete a comment that might start an argument than ban people that get too heavily involved in one - you can post again if you feel the point's really that important.
    Demonikk
    henkka, if you don't like it, then don't bother getting your knickers all bunched up over it. No one asked for your close-minded elitism, so go make a discussion somewhere for yourself and other people who might give a damn. On topic: Gave this a listen at college today, liking it quite a lot. I'm a huge TTEOTD fan despite my usual musical interests not lying in whatever genre they are this week. New vocalist is interesting
    6stringbassist
    I just think that metal purists are narrow minded. There was a day and age when Death Metal was a bastard genre, and it was ruining what was considered the old genre [whatever that may be, I'm to young to know]. I know that this has brought about some shitty bands, but it's brought a lot of great bands, and has indeed kept metal afloat in a more popular way, so it's not just old dudes, and weirdo kids sitting in their parents basements with the lights off listening to Cannibal Corpse, hating everything. On the other hand, GREAT album.
    acidhammerdrums
    I like deathcore and I'm not even into this album. They were actually better back when they were more "core" than "death." They were doing something more interesting back then in my opinion. Of course it was still deathcore, but I feel like it had a more unique sound, now they just sound like another Black Dahlia Murder copycat band. Also, since Dayton Cantley left, they haven't really sounded like they've had any chemistry at all. Sure they play tightly, but their sound just doesn't pop like it used to.
    Unispex
    schangatang wrote: remember when metal fans were all united as one? i sure don't.
    Exactly, what the **** happened. Metal fans are really losing what makes them unique for Christ's sake.
    deafening
    boohoo real death metal blah blah boohoo subgenres waaah waah boohoo. This album is getting a listen from me ASAP and its some gunna be some fine DEATH METAL
    iwillrockyou22
    uh oh i dont think METAL will become a religion the way all of yall are talking about it... \m/\m/\m/\m/\m/\m/\m/\m/\m/\m/\m/\m/\m/\m/\m/\m/\m/ \m/\m/\m/\m/\m/
    EpiExplorer
    Album sucks. Deathcore sucks. So there. ...I'd say what I said before, but it'd get deleted agains...
    synths
    The album is amazing and TTEOTD are FAR from dethcore. wow they have a breakdown! Everyone label them dethcore and question their music ability. This cd is amazing. It has some Bloodlust sounds to it but also blends in some raw Malice feel to it. All metal has turned into is dick measuring and its about to music, along with the fellow metalheads to mosh with. Grow up.....
    AbyssInAttica
    samlocke14 wrote: henkka_potku wrote: It's NOT death metal. Stop ruining the reputation of death metal with... this. get over it. in 10 years time, all this 'deathcore' or whatever genre will simply be remembered as METAL. its all metal in one way or another, and thats how it will be remembered.
    thats true dude.....it might not even be remembered as metal....it may jus be remembered as rock
    bassboy92
    schangatang wrote: remember when metal fans were all united as one? i sure don't.
    kaizerkhan13
    bassboy92 wrote: schangatang wrote: remember when metal fans were all united as one? i sure don't. its a shame u know ud think wed be a little more civil not only as metal heads but as fellow musicians
    so true man.
    Andrewdmfc
    if Micheal Ranne's drumming on this album isn't metal, then frankly i don't know what is.
    Shredder Guitar
    I just hate the Deathcore/ Death Metal argument. I love them both dearly, but how can someone not see the similarites? This is more death metal than deathcore anyway.. When I think deathcore i think stuff like Chelsea Grin, with all those dirty dissonant chords and easy riffs. Death Metal has similar vocals, but admittedly the guitar and drums are typically more technical. The guitar and drum work on this album is far from simplistic. Its great! And i agree.. why cant we just respect one another as musicians? I'm sick of coming on a bands review and seeing "[Insert Genre Here] sucks".
    EpiExplorer
    Shredder Guitar wrote: I just hate the Deathcore/ Death Metal argument. I love them both dearly, but how can someone not see the similarites? This is more death metal than deathcore anyway.. When I think deathcore i think stuff like Chelsea Grin, with all those dirty dissonant chords and easy riffs. Death Metal has similar vocals, but admittedly the guitar and drums are typically more technical. The guitar and drum work on this album is far from simplistic. Its great! And i agree.. why cant we just respect one another as musicians? I'm sick of coming on a bands review and seeing "[Insert Genre Here] sucks".
    Its not the similarities, its the differences. Deathcore is a plastic, simplified, badly made version of death metal. And it has breakdowns, very bad breakdowns. and the band members are all from the rural south of america. Or just from america. Infact, only america really makes deathcore.. Which just goes to show, Europe wins again! .>
    thecheat3224
    EpiExplorer wrote: Shredder Guitar wrote: I just hate the Deathcore/ Death Metal argument. I love them both dearly, but how can someone not see the similarites? This is more death metal than deathcore anyway.. When I think deathcore i think stuff like Chelsea Grin, with all those dirty dissonant chords and easy riffs. Death Metal has similar vocals, but admittedly the guitar and drums are typically more technical. The guitar and drum work on this album is far from simplistic. Its great! And i agree.. why cant we just respect one another as musicians? I'm sick of coming on a bands review and seeing "[Insert Genre Here] sucks". Its not the similarities, its the differences. Deathcore is a plastic, simplified, badly made version of death metal. And it has breakdowns, very bad breakdowns. and the band members are all from the rural south of america. Or just from america. Infact, only america really makes deathcore.. Which just goes to show, Europe wins again! .>
    Not true. Bring Me The Horizon is probably the most prominent deathcore band, and they are, in fact , one of the most popular deathcore bands!
    henkka_potku wrote: It's NOT death metal. Stop ruining the reputation of death metal with... this.
    Explain how this isn't death metal.
    thecheat3224
    Double post, sorry, but I forgot to actually comment! This album is great for any open fan of metal. TTEOTD is a great band live. I'll agree though, this is a huge step away from what they originally were, which is good or bad depending on your taste in metal. There's no need to argue the genre of this, it's a great album that I know the band put a good effort into. It succeeds in my opinion.
    Ktool The Girth
    crazysam23_Atax wrote: powachord wrote: elitism = death of creativityOr is it really the continuation of creativity?
    Pretty sure whining every time someone has an even remotely original thought cant be good for creativity.
    Amuro Jay
    EpiExplorer wrote: Its not the similarities, its the differences. Deathcore is a plastic, simplified, badly made version of death metal. And it has breakdowns, very bad breakdowns. and the band members are all from the rural south of america. Or just from america. Infact, only america really makes deathcore.. Which just goes to show, Europe wins again! .>
    Traditional death metal has the capacity to be plastic, simple, and pretty terrible too. I've heard a lot of crappy death metal bands, and I've heard a lot of crappy deathcore bands. I've heard a lot of crappy metal in general. Anyway, breakdowns aren't a "hardcore" thing. They're all over music. And there's a big difference between a hardcore breakdown and a metal breakdown, and most of the breakdowns in deathcore are NOT hardcore breakdowns. Also, there are tons of European deathcore bands. TTEOAT, Sumatra, BMTH, Circle of Contempt, Heaven Shall Burn (if you consider them deathcore), My Autumn... I could keep going. Anyone looking at the user rating for this album has to give it at least a 25% increase in score due to all the crybaby metal purists rating it down. That all being said, I don't really like this band. Ironic, no?
    powachord
    i seem to remember breakdowns existing in metal LONG before they even had a name
    JazzDeath
    90% of metal sucks. Whether it be deathcore, old school death, heavy metal, or even nu metal, there are bands in each genre that are able to write solid songs and know how to use the strengths of the style, without abusing of it, and still sound original and unique. Of course everyone has genres they like better than others, but seriously, 90% of the people who posted a comment here never even heard this album or gave it a chance, and that makes this argument, 100% retarded.
    Amuro Jay
    JazzDeath wrote: 90% of metal sucks. Whether it be deathcore, old school death, heavy metal, or even nu metal, there are bands in each genre that are able to write solid songs and know how to use the strengths of the style, without abusing of it, and still sound original and unique. Of course everyone has genres they like better than others, but seriously, 90% of the people who posted a comment here never even heard this album or gave it a chance, and that makes this argument, 100% retarded.
    Which makes your post 100% agreeable.
    Hells.Mascot
    I think possibly the most death metal-sounding album ever recorded was Cryptopsy's 'None So Vile.' The thing is, what death metal 'sounds like' has changed drastically. If you compare this album to that album, it doesn't sound too death metal. But there is no longer such a distinct difference between what this album sounds like and what is heard as death metal. Basically, the shape of genres change and evolve, sometimes devolve (which isn't necessarily bad), and if you are listening to contemporary music and it doesn't fit the mold of what you believe to be a certain genre, then it probably is related to that genre changing. However, this has nothing to say about whether an album sounds good to you or not. If you don't like it, then you don't like it. However, genres are relative and ballpark references to the sound a band might be most grounded in. The best bands tend to not be totally grounded in a certain genre. The ultimate point is: don't judge whether or not a band sucks by the genre with which it is associated.