Dead Eyes See No Future (EP)
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After the title track, there are three live performances of "Burning Angel" (my immediate second-favorite song by Arch Enemy - and I usually don't pick favorites), "We Will Rise," and "Heart of Darkness," recorded during a Paris leg of their _Anthems_ tour. Live performances definitely seem to be the better setting for Angela. Her voice is deeper, harsher, more menacing, and not to mention she uses (or at least on these songs, had used) a lot more range in her voice. This only bodes well for the naysayers who whine about Angela not having the right voice for death metal - just wait until they release another album, and she'll no doubt be a real MONSTER!
Then there are the song covers. Starting them off is Megadeth's "Symphony of Destruction." I've been a fan of Megadeth for a few years now, and when I heard that this song was going to be covered by Arch Enemy, I nearly fainted.Read more ›
The live tracks, Burning Angel, We Will Rise and Heart of Darkness are excellent. The sound is crisp and the brutal riffing can be heard distinctly, unlike some other death bands whose live sound is just garbled noise. Angela Gassow's death growls have more range and dynamics than most death metal vocalists giving the songs much more depth and power.
The EP continues with Symphony of Destruction, a Megadeth cover. I am quite familiar with Megadeth's original version which is one of the bands best songs and I was expecting Arch Enemy to really take it to a new level of heavyness, but somehow it falls flat. The main problem is Angela's vocals which seem to have some sort of strange effect on them and she doesn't sound quite like herself. Also the famous riff, though played with more distortion than the Megadeth version, doesn't drive home like the original.
The remaining two cover tracks are the true gems here. I am not familiar with Manowar's version of Kill With Power so I can't compare AE's version to the original, but holy smoke, talk about some fast and furious riffing! This song just pummels along like a juggernaut! Angela's vocals really deliver on this one and the Amott bros. lay down the guitar tracks with equal amounts ferocity and precision. The last track is Incarnated Solvent Abuse, a Carcass cover. Now almost everybody knows that Carcass was guitarist's Michael Amott's former band so he is sort of covering himself on this one. Just a great track, technical, fast and very heavy with the melodic sense that would become a characteristic of Arch Enemy.
The disc also includes the video for We Will Rise, another excellent track from Anthems of Rebellion.
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Fans of metal in the 80's and heavy guitar will love the guitar work within this band. And Angela G. is slammin hot yoPublished on December 23, 2011 by Jason Cullmann Mosaix
My main interest in this was to hear an updated version of a Carcass classic "Incarnated Solvent Abuse". We all know Michael Amott and his lineage with his previous band, Carcass. Read morePublished on June 8, 2011 by Take No Prisoners
Arch Enemy's 2004 EP release Dead Eyes See No Future served as a stopgap release between full length albums, as well as a good outlet for some previously unreleased live and cover... Read morePublished on May 30, 2008 by Justin G.
This EP is pretty good - 3 live tracks then your covers. The covers are pretty good although I prefer the original versions of all of them over Arch Enemy's versions - but it still... Read morePublished on October 9, 2007 by Charles
It's not a full release, but it still has good material. It's above mediocre and will get a few plays in my car. Read morePublished on September 14, 2005 by Jessy
The two CARCASS classic EPs have way better material than what the new Arch Enemy have to offer here, for me there is only 3 Arch Enemy masterworks. Read morePublished on February 15, 2005 by apocryphal rationalist