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In November of 2011, a 21-year-old musician by the name of SL finally found an outlet for his creative passions after little success in his homeland of Russia. After re-locating to Sweden, he met an 18-year-old drummer named Simon and everything just fit. Together they created Wall Of The Eyeless; a melodic death band that incorporates numerous and varied elements and influences. The band painstakingly wrote and rehearsed and released their first demo, Through Emptiness, which was received with overwhelming acclaim. Despite it's gritty production, Through Emptiness is an excellent work and remains highly regarded by those fortunate enough to hear it. On it, the young duo introduces themselves to the world as very competent songwriters and sound musicians throughout four very substantial songs.
In April of 2013, Wall Of The Eyeless tremendously returned with a second four song demo, Wimfolsfestta, finding the band with a much more mature and polished offering. Produced by Marduk's Magnus "Devo" Andersson and mixed by Jens Bogren, Wimfolsfestta, needless to say, transcends the underworld of gritty demos and flourishes as a high-quality work not only in sound, but also effort. This is a bonafide album; a fluid collection of compositions and example of a band with magnitude. Wall Of The Eyeless awe listeners with their wide array of sound, keeping true to a traditional death metal sound, yet with a progressive and intricate approach.
Wimfolsfestta is a very warm record on many levels. The band welcomes the listener with a clean and mellow intro on the album's first song, "Flicker". An epic song in scope and length, "Flicker" is a great pace setter for the rest of the record, as well as summarizes the many facets of Wall Of The Eyeless' overall sound. The band is superior in the songwriting department. The songs themselves are just beautiful but retain an edge, something that can be difficult to execute within this genre. "The Longest Winter" is perhaps the album's most "brutal" sounding song, yet rich with deepness and heart in the same jest.
With compositions that progress between multiple tempos and styles of metal ranging from death to doom to even a progressive rock sound, as heard on the track "Revulsion Fever", the multitudes of their musical capabilities are endless, as well as being flawlessly played. With SL on vocals, guitar and bass, and Simon on drums, the band's talent is overflowing and bursting at the seams. The guitar performance of SL is a real standout. The level at which he performs is unmatched by few, as demonstrated especially throughout his solos and random jazz influenced clean playing, highlighted in "Piercing Mist" among others.
The bulk of the vocal work is comprised of a traditional death style, balanced with clean singing interludes. Both of which are of the highest level and add a certain personality to the work as a whole and complimenting the well-written lyrics themed in loneliness and self-doubt. Each element, whether it be the songs, performance or the production stand out individually as well as compliment each other seamlessly. Wall Of The Eyeless has mastered the art of song structure and flow, with a sense of a heartfelt emotion by a band with unbridled passion and love for the music they create. Wimfolsfestta is a carefully thought out and crafted art; a 30-minute work that takes the listener in and makes to feel at home without ever wanting to leave it's cozy confines.
Among the countless amazing metal bands that have yet to be discovered, Wall Of The Eyeless stand as one of the finest. Following up their previously heralded demo, Through Emptiness, the band has taken their music to the cusp of wider and greater things to come with Wimfolsfestta, a work that solidifies them as an entity that will make major waves throughout the metal world. It is highly recommended that you check out both albums by this bright young band. One will not be able to not appreciate the heart and soul that were put into making these fine works, not to mention being floored by the talent it took to create them. Wall Of The Eyes are a special band with a special brand of uniqueness and talent, as well as being a bright contribution to the Metal community.
***Originally written for and by www.deathportal.net