Random Eyes Declare: Do What Thou Wilt

Interesting review on the KNAC website of Finnish metal band Random Eyes’ latest Grieve No More. I’ve bolded the relatively pertinent bit:

“In a time and an age of seemingly overwhelming negativity, a good dash of positive attitude is always appreciated, especially if it comes in the form of loud rock music. And this is exactly what the Finnish metal project RANDOM EYES are aiming for on Grieve No More, their fourth studio album, which was released through Rock’N’Growl Records on 19 January. The album was recorded by PANORAMA and ex-ADAGIO singer Christian Palin and guitarist Markus Grimald together with a band of studio musicians, who did a hell of a great job, by the way.

“The album opens with an intro called “Trail Of Tears”, obviously the less-than-joyful starting point of the album, extremely riffy and the perfect lead-in to the following nine tracks. The first of which, “Myopathy”, pretty much defines the tone of the album: extremely riffy rhythm parts that are spiced up with a generous pinch of progressive metal, unbridled energy, stunning and fairly modern lead guitar work, and, the most important element, Christian Palin’s vocals, which do not only reveal a stunning vocal range and but also a broad range of different styles of singing from growls to appealingly melodic hook lines. And those are mainly featured in the chorus of each song and make it difficult not to touch the repeat button. The title track, “Grieve No More”, hits you in the face with a guitar chord and soon develops into a kick-ass uptempo number in true power metal fashion without losing its rough rock ‘n’ roll attitude. “Fate Loves The Fearless”, with its anthemic chorus is actually quite a complex number and is definitely worth listening to multiple times. There is so much happening in this song – and this is also true for the entire album – that you will always discover something you haven’t noticed before. “2 Worlds Collide” will invariably make turn up the volume and sing along to its chorus – this number is certainly one of the highlights on Grieve No More melody-wise. “Damnation” is also a complex composition making use of all kinds of stylistic elements that are ingeniously combined to a powerful metal track which culminates in a stunning chorus and breathtaking lead guitar parts. The next track, “Do What Thou Wilt”, a quotation that seems to run through the intellectual history of man from Augustine of Hippo to Aleister Crowley, provides balladesque but not in the slightest less energy-driven moments.”

Read the entire review here: http://www.knac.com/article.asp?ArticleID=26961.

Frater Lux Ad Mundi

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