Demo Review: Wall of the Eyeless – Through Emptiness
Band: Wall of the Eyeless (Sweden / Russia)
Album: Through Emptiness (Demo, 2011)
Genre: Progressive Death Metal
Only four songs and with a mastering that leaves a lot to be desired. But man am I digging this motherfucker!
Wall of the Eyeless are just two chaps, SL and Simon. The first is Russian, lives in Sweden, plays bass and all guitars and grunts around a bit. The latter is Swedish and bangs the bongos. They found each other only a few months ago and already came up with a first demo, downloadable for free (‘name your price’) on BandCamp. Worth your while!
The demo, which the guys titled Through Emptiness, is a lengthy one, closing in on 25 minutes of playing time. Describing their style is hard, but try to imagine a hybrid form of Progressive Metal and Prog Rock, add five parts of psychadelicness and two parts of Black Metal rawness, squeeze the juices from one unit of symphonics and add well-dosed segments of low-guttural death growls. Shake, don’t stir. That should give you a reasonable idea of what Wall of the Eyeless does.
More than songs, the four tracks are voyages, with different landscapes being traversed as time passes. Fierce Metal is alternated with classical acoustic guitars and symphonic scores. More than his own voice, SL lets the music speak and that’s a good thing, despite that his vox are factually quite pleasant, deep and grinding.
The disadvantages are clear too, and already mentioned: the recording, mixing and mastering isn’t too snazzy. Acceptable for a demo and I guess it does the job, but it only shows a hint of what these two chaps could sound like when they start feeling each other a little more and optimize their compositions. And I’m missing a good, prominent portion of bass too. But Wall of the Eyeless shows promise, even more so because they’re only a few months into it.
My Grade: 7.0/10
Buy this when:
- you want to give these guys some support and stimulate them to churn out a more professional product next time