Within the Eye of Chaos
More Aussie quality
I have a little 'rule' for myself for reviewing these days, and that is, I must listen to a new album a bare minimum of three times before setting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard, as it is now). Here is an album that yet again makes me glad for having this rule for myself. My first impression of the newie from Sydney's Daysend was that it was kinda pedestrian, trying desperately to sound alternatively like Lamb of God, Killswitch Engage and Parkway Drive, and falling short of all. But I persevered, and the album's power and quality began to show.
This band have done very well to last eight years, many line up changes and now three albums, with so many Australian Metal acts falling by the wayside well before this. And 'Within the Eyes of Chaos' shows a band coming into their own. It's clearly superior to their previous two efforts in terms of maturity, structure, song writing and sound. They're showing more strength and confidence in the instrumental department as well, with guitar player Aaron Bilbija really shining in the spotlight this time around. His gifted playing is punishing and melodic in equal measures. And vocalist Mark McKernan handles the clean and dirty with equal style.
Good songs abound too, with barely a weak link in all of the 11 tunes, with strong variations in tone and tempo, and a strong emphasis on the brutal/melodic trade-off. Especially good is the all out thrash of 'Mindless', and check out the riffery and blistering lead work in 'Questions', it's absolutely killer, and sets up a typically big and ultra catchy chorus. Even the two brief instrumentals, 'Without Tears' and album closer 'Recoil' are well written and evocative pieces, and 'In This Moment', probably the album's centrepiece, is just enormous.
This is an excellent effort from this Aussie act, and may well make my Top 10 of 2010. Check out this album for further proof of the quality of local Heavy music.