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Vacant Eyes : The Dim Light Of Introversion (EP)

A well-performed and professional-sounding, if somewhat generic, debut from Vacant Eyes.

Vacant Eyes is a brand new group from the US, playing a bleak and atmospheric style of Death/Doom Metal, influenced by the likes of Mournful Congregation, Evoken, and Daylight Dies. Their music is very melodic, sinister, and not extremely heavy. Though the music is performed well and there are some nice melodies here and there, I found the music to be fairly unmemorable and easy to forget in the plethora of similar bands.

The Dim Light of Introversion fades in with a nice, calming acoustic intro called ’Silent Acquiescence’. It’s very stagnant and soothing, consisting of a simplistic acoustic melody and some quiet pianos. After this short overture, ’Indifference’ washes in with a spider-web of lead harmonies. From the beginning of this second track, things stay pretty consistent. The soaring melodies of the lead guitars remain the center of attention, while the backdrop is filled with surprisingly complex drums, quiet synthesizers, bells, and deep growls. Our vocalist has a roaring and depressed gurgle that yawns out of the background, yet never takes the attention away from the guitars. Some occasional clean tenor chants lightly fade into the mix at times, reminding me of how Shape of Despair incorporate ethereal clean singing into their tracks. The song structures are pretty busy for the slow pace that is pursued, mostly consisting of epic and semi-aggressive riffing, with some odd sections of grim funereal misery. Going back to the drums, I’m surprised to find out that they’re programmed, as they have a resonant and deep tone to them that sounds as if they were performed by a drummer rather than a machine.

Although it’s well-performed and professional-sounding, I find this EP considerably difficult to listen to. There’s something about the music that just doesn’t click with me, and I can’t quite pick up on what it is. I think it’s just a bit too polished and sterile to achieve the sound that I think is being pursued; rough, atmospheric, funeral-tinged Death/Doom Metal. It reminds me a lot of Doom:VS, and though that’s a project that I enjoy, I have to admit that this particular style is a dime a dozen. There are some great lead guitar solos, acoustic sections, and even some beautiful piano parts, but there’s just nothing that really stands out or successfully keeps my attention. Considering the complex songwriting and obvious talent of the band members, I hope they continue to build off of their sound and start to forge their own twist on the genre. Without too much name-dropping, this release would perhaps be worthy for those who are big into modern melo-Death/Doom and Funeral Doom such as the aforementioned bands, as well as Loss and perhaps The Slow Death.

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Reviewer's rating: 6.5/10


Tracklist :
1. Silent Acquiescence
2. Indifference
3. The Cortex
4. The Dim Light of Introversion

Duration : Approx. 34 minutes

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Reviewed on 2014-12-21 by Dante DuVall
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