Your Eyes My Dreams is everything you have already heard before. However, for once I don't necessarily come across the idea as an appalling thought. I am actually finding myself really enjoying their latest release Weapons Are Useless. This isn't a band that has set out to redefine anything or make their music that technical but none the less they are still a really tight group that isn't awful by any means. Unlike Full Blown Chaos or the Dead To Fall albums, I do not find myself becoming infuriated or irritated with their sound. Your Eyes My Dreams does a really nice job of keeping things interesting but not straying too far away from the general sound of the album. One fixation a lot of kids may come across with this band is that Weapons Are Useless could very easily sound like an early Poison The Well album that is a collection of b-sides. On a more positive note, a lot of kids may actually like this even more because maybe they are not happy with the sequence of change Poison The Well has taken over the years.
Weapons Are Useless opens with the hard-hitting intro titled "Deadlocked" filled with pounding percussion and some pretty tightly arranged riffage. This is the first experience with Jason Pryor's vocals and upon the initial listen he definitely has a very impressive sound to his yell. His lyrics are lacking quite a bit, but the brutality of the music saves the listener and makes up for the diminutive downfall in his writing. "Anna Rebekah" takes the spot for the most forceful track on the entire album. Falling into almost a 30 second break down this is sure to have the listener attached by now. One thing that I have noticed with a lot of bands such as Your Eyes My Dreams is the fact that if you are looking to become instantly hooked within the beginning of each track it is near impossible. Some of the best aspects of their music is found in the middle with the break downs and towards the end where they decide just let everything go. "Even An Angel Fell" is reminiscent of the intro because it packs the same devastating punch right from the first few seconds. Hastily, the band drops into some serious riffage and the song eventually pans out into the typical sound that can be found a few times over on the album. The vocals on "The Bookie Says It's Time To Pay" sound exactly like a Poison The Well b-side but the guitar work is evocative of some early Swedish metal bands such as At The Gates.
Without a doubt, Your Eyes My Dreams is talented band that can actually write some superior tunes. Although you can not strictly define them as an original band, it is more than fair to say that they are in the fore front of their genre and doing it a lot better than some of the bigger metal bands that we are hearing in the scene-mainstream nowadays. This is metal that is unrelenting, and powerful. The vocals are extremely heavy and exceedingly tight. Pryor also has an amazing clean singing ability, which may come as a surprise to most fans. In all honesty, I have never considered myself a fan of the fresh vocals in metal, but this is a rare case where it actually makes sense. Again, also very similar to the earlier sounds of Poison The Well. Weapons Are Useless is for any fan of aggressive metal music. You have your break downs, your riffage, your insane percussion and more vocals then you can handle; Your Eyes My Dreams have not forgotten anything.
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