Sound — 7
Through The Eyes Of The Dead is an American deathcore band from Florence, South Carolina, formed in 2003. The band's name comes from a line in the famous Walt Whitman poem, "Song of Myself." The 5 song "The Scars of Ages" EP was released in 2004 and clocks in at just over 18 minutes in length. This release pre-dates "Bloodlust" and sounds similar to it, however the production leaves more room for the emotion and shear brutality of Anthony Gunnells' vocals. The production is to be expected for a short, low budget EP; it's incredibly raw. The vocals resemble that of "Bloodlust" and perfectly fit with the groovy, done tuned guitars. Dayton Cantley sits behind the drum kit on this release and his parts are a definite highlight for me. The last actual remaining member still with the band today is Justin Longshore. His riffs does not disappoint either. At times they are chuggy and groovy but become technical in all the right places. In addition to the plethora of riffs, there are some respectable guitar solos as well. A number of songs feature sound clips from movies that play right into the sound and feel of the songs. One of which is on the song "To Take Comfort," it's from the movie "Tombstone" and it is a marvelous introduction to the song.
Lyrics — 7
Lyrics are standard fair for deathcore. Death, blood and demons are common themes found in the lyrics. The lines though empty and hopeless are seemingly poetic at time. This line from track 1 titled "Beneath the Dying Skies" contains the title phrase and is just a snapshot of the writing style featured. "Suffer for this, no words can describe death's bliss. The slaughter of innocence. The rain that cleanses the scars of ages." The vocals fit rather well with the music. Anthony Gunnells vocal delivery is filled with raw power and emotion, his performance is spectacular.
Overall Impression — 7
I would say it compares well to other TTEOTD albums, mainly "Bloodlust" because the vocals and guitars sound very similar. One of the most impressive traits of the album is the drums and guitars working in conjunction. One instrument does not outshine the other at any point. The emotion and vocal delivery is one that will chill you to the bone. The writing style if definitely very riff oriented. "Beneath the Dying Skies" and "To Take Comfort" are my two favorite songs. Each feature the traits and qualities that made Through The Eyes Of The Dead famous. If it were lost or stolen I would search high and low for another copy as it is more than likely out of print. Overall a good addition to any music library, it's been a staple in mine since high school.