the artistically fervent Mondovì area, where Stigma come from
too, here's the 4-track debut demo-CD of Screaming Eyes. The friendship
with their small town mates
is proved by the artwork performed by singer Stigma's Vlad and there
are more than a few similarities with their sound.
However, the new 5-piece began with Punk Rock but afterwards they realized
that US Thrash, Hardcore and Swedish Death were mirrored their personalities
The opener "Hold Fast" mixes Thrash alà Lamb
of God and Iron Maiden using lots of screaming Hardcore vocals but also
Death ones. The central melodic break includes angry vocals too low
recorded, yet the final acceleration is somewhat good and the screams
really piercing and persistent. Not bad at all!
Excellent the rapid following track, "To My Darkness",
inspired by popular Ugo Foscolo's poetry "Alla sera",
written at the end of the 18th century; the metalcore refrain, the abrupt
time changes and the furious riffing along with some Pantera-like vocals
make it a must.
Things radically change with "Angel Fall: Fallen Angel's Tear";
the mixing is different as well, but what matters more is that this
is the more Punk/Hardcore song of the four (listen to the No Fun at
All debtor riff). Suggestive the semi-acoustic break anticipating the
gradual growth of the composition, concluded by a extremely rough bittersweet
change and a crushing part soon enriched by a vivid but a bit imperfect
solo by guest guitar solist B.B. Nick Savio (ex-White Skull).
Finally, "Angel Fall: Death Angel Silence", the more
metal song with another of those acoustic intermezzos the Piemontese
like so much; in my view, this is the pattern of the song they should
take as an example together with the second track, since they seem to
be the situations they can handle better and the ones that allow them
to express with more easiness.
It is rumoured that new tracks are more Rock 'n' Roll, confirming that
the band's stylistic cohesion and musical direction aren't defintive
yet; when there's clearness, we'll also be right to expect more incisive,
memorable and smoother songs. So far, you might as well get hold of
20 minutes of pleasant music presented with a professional artwork for
only 5 Euros.
MARKUS GANZHERRLICH - 20th December 2005