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Release Date: May 27th, 2014
Length: 39 minutes
Genre: Atmospheric black/Death metal
Studio Albums: Guilty To Exist 2004, Oblivion 2007, Error 2012
Location: Brussels, Belgium
So does Beethoven. When I’m 119, whatever type of metal is recorded when I was a mere 104 will probably sound even better, too.
Calling fans of Porcupine Tree and Airbag – if you like them, I believe you’ll like Empty Yard Experiment (EYE) very much too.
EYE is a multinational band that formed in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, in 2006. The line-up is Bojan Preradovic (vocals and rhythm guitar), Mehdi Gr (lead guitar), Kaveh Kashani (bass), Gorgin Asadi (keyboards) and Josh Saldanha (drums, percussion and backing vocals). They’ve opened for big-name bands including Metallica, Evanescence and Anathema.
The band can’t actually be pegged to a single genre such as post rock. That label gives some idea of “sounds like” but they have developed their own, highly evocative and emotive style.
With so much good metal coming out all the time, it can be difficult to keep up with what’s just arrived. Here are a few new music videos for your delectation and other big words.
Channel Zero – Duisternis
This thrash-groove song is billed as “the most Belgian song that’s ever existed.” It uses French, Dutch and English lyrics. The word “duisternis” means “darkness” in English. That’s a pretty good indication of what you’ll hear in this video. It’s taken from the album Kill All Kings, which is available now.
The Kut – Mario
The all-female trio have taken this track from their forthcoming EP, Make Up. They call their music grunge, although I’d say it’s more like post grunge. The theme of the song is described thus: “The idea of Mario was about frustration, with the industry and the scene. The concept that as kids we were made a lot of promises, but the reality is that all that’s left for us is a waste land. We are the forgotten generation.”
Unisonic – Exceptional
If you want clarity on what the new wave of heavy metal is all about and why it’s more accessible to younger metal fans, this track from Unisonic’s second album, Light of Dawn, encapsulates what you need to hear. Unisonic is a supergroup consisting of former Helloween vocalist Michael Kiske and guitarist Kai Hansen (Gamma Ray, also ex-Helloween) alongside guitarist Mandy Meyer (Asia, Gotthard, Krokus), bassist Dennis Ward and drummer Kosta Zafiriou (both of Germany’s Pink Cream 69).
Both bands in this episode of my personal year-by-year parade are gigantic, enduring and bloody good, hey?
1994, #4: Orphaned Land – Seasons Unite
Genre: Folk Death Metal
1994, #3: Dimmu Borgir – For All Tid
Album: For All Tid
Genre: Symphonic Black Metal
Release Date: February 25th, 2014
Songs: 10 tracks, 40 minutes
Genre: Progressive metal
Studio Albums: Mother Of Millions EP 2011, this is their debut full length
Location: Athens, Greece
For fans of: Pain of Salvation, Evergrey, Symphony X, Orphaned Land