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Bad Wolf, Good EP? – Eyes Are Wild REVIEW

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Eyes Are Wild are an Electronic Rock band based on the Isle of Wight, this is their first release – a 5 track EP. I’m really impressed with it and can’t wait to hear more. Check out my track by track overview/review below.

For fans of: Naked Fridays, Enter Shikari, Muse.

Chemical the opening track on the EP is exactly that. It begins softly, calmly, and draws you in with it’s simple chords under vocals intro – before unleashing a wall of synth, guitar and drums. Peppered with Queen-like harmonies to add some depth to the singing (which is a prominent feature throughout) and a constant high/low stop/start song writing style. It’s an interesting track which is easy to listen to and lays out the musical style and influences for the remaining tracks perfectly – providing plenty of moments to sing the lyrics back.

ICanSee is possibly the best title this song could have, if the point of a title was to allure you into a false sense of security and catch you off guard before attacking with heavy synth and aggressive guitar. This is a very electronic song, from the multiple synths and almost garage-like percussion – very modern. However, the dance in Classical Dance becomes pretty accurate when the song kicks into it’s pulsating main section, featuring powerful sub bass and some very Muse-like falsetto. It’s definitely one that gains further benefits from being played loud, and live.

The third track Rukus is where the heavier influences start to shine through feature a lot more crunchy guitar rhythm, and over driven leads. It’s a fun song that really goes all over the place in terms of vocals and instrumentals and that is nothing but a compliment – it’s fresh and chaotic. It culminates in a nice build up section before finishing on that very signature riff, which comes to grow on you over the duration of the song.

The penultimate track Alone is possibly my favourite song on the EP, due to it’s clear very METAL influences, with complimentary electronics, catchy vocals, and little audio effects and tweaks which help make this a very polished track. Also the main hook is super catchy and will get stuck in your head for sure. It’s got all the tropes of a great metal song (and it’s killer live). Check out the video below:

Finally the album ends with Puzzle, which is simply a well written song. It is constantly building up and messing about with the flow to keep things interesting, it has it’s heavy moments and more calm harmonious sections. Perfectly fading out ready to start the EP all over again.

 

Overall a very strong start for a debut EP and I hear they are working on new material already! Have a listen and definitely get down to a show next time you have the chance!

 

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Joseph Hagan - Photographer, Designer & Writer. Professional photographer living on the Isle of Wight. Music tastes in Rock, Metal and Punk. Social Media: Facebook or Twitter

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