The Eyes Of A Traitor - A Clear Perception
2 February 2009

01. Under Siege
02. Like Clockwork
03. With Different Eyes
04. Escape These Walls
05. Decorus
06. Misconceptions
07. Echoes
08. Hands Of Time
09. The Impact Of Two Hearts
10. A Clear Perception

You know what? I don't hear all that much metalcore here. With a band name like "The Eyes Of A Traitor" and a band pic featuring a guy in a Joker t-shirt, you'd be excused for thinking this is metalcore but you'd be wrong. This is because The Eyes Of A Traitor actually remind me far more of Mnemic, with some more similarities to the current biggest innovators on the scene - Gojira and Burst. And really, how can you go wrong with a band that gets mentioned alongside these modern classics?

A Clear Perception is filled to the brim with extremely catchy post-Fear Factory staccato riffing and leads that alternate between shredding and textured soundscaping. The interplay between the drums and guitars is truly amazing here and must be heard to be believed. On top of this, the songwriting is solid throughout and surprisingly complex for a band this young. The vocals are varied with deep growls and chanted clean singing being dominated by a hardcore scream. Nevertheless, the lyrics are somewhat juvenile, mixing despair with a youthful anger, a combination that does not necessarily work all the time. And alas, this is the sole problem with this album that I just cant get over. It is like a young kung fu fighter who has a really flashy style showcasing all the incredible acrobatic abilities and fancy moves that are difficult to pull off. Nevertheless, an older and more experienced master knows that all you really need to incapacitate an opponent is a single, well-placed kick in the balls.

I have a feeling The Eyes Of A Traitor will become said sensei soon, given the experience they are likely to gain from touring with Gojira. Nevertheless, even in their current formative state, their music is really powerful and impressive.


Written on 08.04.2009 by
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-DC-002- - 08.04.2009 at 15:26  
Interesting album art...
Thryce - 08.04.2009 at 17:14  
Don't really see the connection between The Joker and metalcore.

And what's wrong with wearing a Joker t-shirt in the first place? Have one myself, you know, a much cooler one than that guy... but still.
Uirapuru - 08.04.2009 at 17:46  
It looks cool in every aspect.. ill check this out for sure.
BRJ Events - 10.04.2009 at 18:51  
These boys are constantly touring the UK. they are a good live act, however i dont feel this album lives up to their stage performance.
I, The Quatropus - 24.12.2009 at 19:18  
Picked up this album. Good shit, indeed.

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