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Thine Eyes Bleed Review

by Matt Hensch

Many bands have fallen into the world of melodic death, but few remain as talented and memorable as Thine Eyes Bleed. Hailing from Canada, Thine Eyes Bleed issue a great debut that expands the limits of melodic death metal.

The guitar work is the typical style of melodic death. The riffs are filled with strong amounts of melody, but are incredibly fast, especially when being compared to the usual melodic death band. Every now and then, there are strong elements of thrash, but these thrashy riffs don't last for very long or aren't very memorable. Unlike several other melodic bands, there are solos, lots of them. The solos are probably the highlight of the album, mainly because they aren't boring and they are always technical and last for a decent amount of time. Guitarists Jeff Phillps and Derek Ward issue a relentless guitar attack that doesn't stop for the entire album. The drumming stands out on this album as well. Drummer Darryl Stephens displays fantastic drumming as he constantly double basses and makes fantastic changes in his drum patterns. The best example of his drumming is on "Cold Victim," were he is pulling off insane hits on his drum set while double bassing at incredible speed.

At first sight, vocalist Justin Wolfe is just another bland singer of the melodic death field, but he proves he isn't. His screams are loud and furious, and so are his growls. The main thing that separates Wolfe from the remainder of the singers in the melodic death area is his ability to narrate during songs. During the final minutes of "Live To Die," Justin narrates the lyrics in haunting way; it's like he's telling a story!

I didn't expect much from this band, but Thine Eyes Bleed proved me wrong. "In The Wake Of Separation" is a great debut and I can't wait to hear some of their future material. Thine Eyes Bleed are just a young band, and this album shows they can already make incredible music at such a young age where most bands fail to do. Give this a chance, you won't regret it.

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