Not a goddamn day without (at least) one (thousand) new metalcore release. Today’s review winner is Eyes Set to Kill from Tempe, Arizona.
Formed in 2003 by the Rodriguez sisters – Alexia (clean vocals, lead guitar, piano) and Anissa (bass, backing vocals), Eyes Set To Kill became one of MySpace.comâ€™s top unsigned screamo bands in 2006. The group signed with BreakSilence/Suburban Noize Records the following year and release three critically acclaimed studio efforts â€“ 2008â€™s “Reach”, 2009â€™s “The World Outside” and 2010â€™s “Broken Frames”. Frustrated with the label politics, and pressure to withhold their identity, Eyes Set To Kill decided to break away and release independently “White Lotus”, their fifth studio album through a joint venture between their own imprint Forsee Records and Maphia Entertainment.
A White Lotus traditionally represents a rebirth and ESTK seems to be determined to prove they are different than others. And the female vocals, the subtle use of electronica and the intense metal riffs gives a particular charm to them. Definitively not worster then most of the other metalcore products, delivering a few quite intense and exciting themes and moments, ESTK merged emo and nu metal intensely into their own style and “White Lotus” is an absolutely correct release. “Where I Want To Be” is a love song with a dark edge and a quite catchy, exotic aroma chorus, “Forget” is a very intense metal hurricane and “Poly”, the Nirvana cover is smooth and quite. Worth to listen it, metalcore kids will devour it.