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Eye of the Destroyer – The Wolf You Feed

Eye of the Destroyer
The Wolf You Feed
by Max Elias at 27 November 2020, 10:04 AM

EYE OF THE DESTROYER are a 4-piece deathcore band that have already established a track record with previous releases “Methods of Murder” and “Baptized in Pain” and on this EP they continue their melding of subgenres. The first track here, “Reversed”, almost has an OSDM (OLD SCHOOL DEATH METAL) vibe especially in Joe Randazza’s vocals. The riffing is chuggy and ponderous, with the occasional evil guitar flourish that reminds me of classic Jeff Hanneman circa “Dead Skin Mask”. For the most part, all the instruments blend together into a domineering shroud of noise.

Next up is “Weight of the World”, which wastes no time getting to the point. It is a similarly vociferous track, dominated by demented howling and manic drum work. The guitars create a depressive wall of distorted anguish, and don’t become distinct and clearer until the last minute or so, when the song becomes dominated by the riff alone as opposed to the conglomeration of everything.

You won’t find any shred-happy moments on this record; it is a mostly midtempo, occasionally frenetic slab of murky heaviness most easily conceptualized, as I said before, as OLD SCHOOL DEATH METAL, even if it has a few more breakdowns than, say, a MORBID ANGEL album. A noticeable departure from the formula is “Colder”, which opens with an alternative or post-metal sounding octave riff and continues to be driven by clear guitar riffing. The simplistic primal aspect of the music gives it a sinister edge, as the whole band leans into making it come across as savagely as possible. The tremolo riff that kicks in just before the three-minute mark is also a nice surprise.

The record closes on the very strong, especially compared to the rest of the material, “Weakened Thoughts”. That song opens and then in replete throughout with Jeff Hanneman type guitar riffs, maintaining the midtempo stomp the band seems so comfortable with, but transforming the mood from heavy to sinister. All in all, this is not a bad EP, but it isn’t a very distinct EP either. It’s also very short, so it goes by quickly and it’s hard to pick out exemplary moments. “Weakened Thoughts” is my favorite song here by far, and it makes sense to have ended with it.

Songwriting: 8
Originality: 6
Musicianship: 7
Production: 8

3 Star Rating

Tracklist:
  1. Reversed
  2. Weight of the World
  3. Scapegoat
  4. Weakened Thoughts
  5. Colder
Lineup:
Joe Randazza – Vocals
Chris Halpin – Guitars
Dan Kaufman – Bass
John Scott – Drums
Record Label: High Potency Productions
     


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