Do you fancy listening to a mixture of THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN and TEXTURES played by a gang of inferior musicians? Read on.
WITH PASSION saw it fit to be born in 2003, their members eager to show the world just how much passion they got inside their hearts. They proudly state that the reason for the choice of moniker was to make it clear that they play their music with a lot of passion. It’s a noble reason to start a band, no doubt, but there’s no reason to brag about it. Most Metal bands are started for the very same reason. The Metal at display is best described as Melodic Death Metal with core influenced vocals, not the most exciting mix you’ll ever encounter.
WITH PASSION have their moments but as a whole “What We See When We Shut Our Eyes” is underachieving. There are moments when they come up with good riffs and ditto solos but most of the time they are just threading ground. I like them best when they are at their most aggressive, and I hope that they will further develop this part of their music in the future, leaving their generic take on Melodic Death Metal behind them.
If WITH PASSION is able to make the experimental part of their music more interesting, less tacked on, while also turning up the brutality a couple of notches, this could very well turn into an interesting ensemble. They should also see to that they get a better sound the next time around, “WWSWWSOE” sounds awfully thin. Yeah, almost forgot, next time shorten your god damn album title as well. The one you chose this time around reeks of pretentiousness. “Sights Behind Closed Eyes” tells the same story but with less words. Feel free to ask the next time you have a platter to be named.
(Online April 21, 2007)