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No Man Eyes - Hollow Man

No Man Eyes
Hollow Man
by Keith Joshua Ham at 16 May 2013, 1:19 PM

Again I am surprised by the output of our Italian brethren. The scene, in my eyes, must be busting from the seams as it is apparently not only ripe with all manner of experimental Doom, Sludge and Black Metal but also more classic styles of Heavy Metal such as the feature NO MAN EYES. I wouldn’t go so far as calling this group or their album “Hollow Man” Power Metal, however, as NO MAN EYES is quite the mixture. You’ll hear some DREAM THEATER-esque, JUDAS PRIEST-esque, and MEGADETH-esque moments - it’s unavoidable to draw these comparisons - but you’ll be pleasantly surprised that the band manages to use their inspirations as homage rather than copying.

“Hollow Man” starts off with the extremely effective track “Strive”, which begins rather calmly until all hell breaks loose – literally, as you hear gunshots go off within a crowd then comes a well done little arrangement that promises a fantastic follow up. The title track, “Hollow Man”, immediately follows, playing into the themes of isolation and terror in Strive. This track is no doubt the best on the entire album, which makes me wonder why there wasn’t any build up whatsoever… In fact, after “Hollow Man”, the entire album seems to dwindle in quality except for a few select songs such as “SW4QW (Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars)” and “Forsaken By The Light”. I can’t help but feel that perhaps NO MAN EYES would’ve benefitted from less filler and just put its best into an EP (that probably could’ve had the same title). Upon additional play-throughs I still have no love for the rest of the songs; they simply don’t carry the same feeling or quality as tracks such as “Hollow Man”.

In no way is NO MAN EYES a bad band, not at all. The solos of Andrew Spane are fantastic and thought out; the bottom end, Alessandro Asborno (bass) and Michele Pintus (drums), carries the music so well – even the bass is present and able to be heard properly; Fabio Carmotti’s vocals are extremely interesting even with the odd error in pronunciation (but who cares about that, right?); NO MAN EYES is great. However, there is simply too much filler on “Hollow Man” and I feel bad for not being interesting in what it is offering to me here. I suggest checking this album out for its first two tracks alone but beware of the rest of the album (excluding a select few tracks, of course).

3 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. Strive
2. Hollow Man
3. Isolation
4. SW4QW (Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars)
5. Costantinopolis
6. Killing The Liar
7. Forsaken By The Light
8. Until The End
9. Rock & Roll
10. Mystery Of Life
11. Revevlation
Lineup:
Fabio Carmotti - Vocals
Andrew Spane - Guitars
Alessandro Asborno - Bass
Michele Pintus - Drums
Record Label: Mighty Music
     


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