You know, I am not sure what really stuck with me. And got me to listen (much) longer than I usually do when doing selections for the review and news lists.
It must be this darkly threatening mix of Gothic Metal with Progressive Metal trends and elements thrown all over their tune.
With enough dissonance to keep you on your toes and awake. Add some crunchy metal ice-cubes into this Mojito in front of you and ready is your desolate cocktail for the evening.
The Eyes of Desolation just unleashed their newest EP Awake in Dead onto the unsuspecting world this early 2016. Somewhat eerily reminiscent of Moonspell in a way with a pinch of Todtgelichter. And – whilst not really present – I am constantly reminded of weird NDH offshoots like Hanzel and Gretyl. This slight industrial flavor is just too pertinent.
Disturbingly dark and ominous, their tune will work itself under your skin and stick to you like glue. And it’s got these traditional softer attributes to Gothic Metal too sometimes, the vocal delivery reminding me of Blutengel in a way, albeit not as electronic and nowhere as pop-laden as the latter.
The variety they bring to the table is also their strength. The band delivers tracks that range from metal-tough to – well – dreamy, almost ballad-like. And always in their somewhat low to mid-tempo trade-mark delivery.
The EP was produced by Isak Arroyo and all recording, editing, mixing and mastering done at Cavan Studio in Heredia.
The Eyes of Desolation actually hail from Costa Rica. Which is not really known as a haven for Gothic Metal in general. Yet they have been messing with metal since 2008. The band already released a first album in 2013 called Songs for Desolated Hearts.
it is a somewhat disturbing piece of a weirdly soft brand of Extreme Metal, whilst it is not that in its proper sense.
But it is pretty good. So, if you ain’t got it, get it. It will be worth your money.