I remember seeing these guys for the first time at the “Obey The Flame” festival here in Montreal a little while back and thinking that these guys (and gal) were really good at what they did and with just a little fine-tuning, they could really be on top of their game.
So here we are, a year a bit later and BLOODSHOTEYE have finally released their debut and the music is just as I remembered it that faithful day. The band has improved over time, getting a little tighter as a unit and has managed to come up with some really great headbanging riffs, killer vocals via JeSICKa and of course, tons of breakdowns.
Taking their musical nod to LAMB OF GOD to the extreme, Randy Blythe lends his voice to both “F.U.B.A.R” and “Without Any Remorse”, which works well in conjunction with JeSICKa’s vocals and cements them as a much heavier, more Death Metal version of LAMB OF GOD.
The only disadvantage that the disc has is the production and while I try to not put too much importance on it, in this case it really affects the music. The riffs don’t have enough room to breathe and when BLOODSHOTEYE break out into a groovy riff or breakdown that would normally send people into a frenzy, it’s just too constrained on CD to get the full effect.
So I guess all in all you could say that this is two steps forward, one step back. Still better than when I had seen them live and the music is still great, but it suffers a little. Here’s to seeing them live again! (Online August 21, 2004)