Why should you give Eraser a chance? Eyes Wide Open brought us a lighter track again which foreshadows their upcoming album in November: they most likely will change their melodic death metal style and give more space to metalcore. What are the clues for this? The screams don’t have that high of a priority anymore, there are a lot more of clean vocals and their stronger variants that give that backbone of their songs’. This can be unpleasant for those who like Eyes Wide Open for their melodic death metal music but we shouldn’t say that this change is permanent. We can observe a temporary turn. Of course it isn’t a sudden change, in their previous albums there were many examples of songs built on clean vocal. Another example for this experiment with the metalcore is that the band themselves said that they like to be inspired by other trends. We will see what happens in the future but it wouldn’t be surprising if they decide to stick with this new style. The Through Life and Death album songs that came out were welcomed positively and maybe they fit better with the content that Arising Empire offers. Also Eraser is a well-made, attractive single, we can trustingly wait for the album coming in November.
Eraser’s instrumental intro starts pleasantly and starts to spin up step by step. We can hear this variation throughout the song. They chose an unconventional way after the vocal and the intro end. Instead of the verses, the chorus has a larger role and also the screams are hidden in it. Both the first and the second verses got an enjoyable, cozy support. The quitars and the drums help out the clean vocal perfectly. The simpler guitar riff we can hear in the verses are quite beautiful. The tempo really turns up at the chorus with the drums and the guitars. Erik Engstrand’s vocal becomes more painful and less resigned like in the verses. Some parts of the clean vocal gets close to be screaming. One of the strength of the track is undoubtly the emotional, almost passionate atmosphere. We can feel the unworldliness in Eric’s vocal, Kristofer Strandberg’s and Jesper Lindgren’s guitars but we can see it the most during Lucas Freise’s drumming. Thanks to this we get a lively, intensly pulsating song!
Turning back to the chorus: We can notice that after the first one the rest are longer also the refrains are getting more and more play time. The second and third elongated chorus is connected by the bridge. It is one of the slowest segment with a little clean vocal (and background vocal) without drums. This calmer part prepares us for the ending where the chorus returns and the clean vocal gets accompanied by screams giving Eraser a striking end.
Who should choose Eraser? I would recommend Eraser for those who like a more sentimental and because of that a slower metalcore track with some more vivid and heavier segments.
Band: Eyes Wide Open (SWE)
Album: Through Life And Death (2021*)
My mind is turning polar Now time is standing still In the middle of this solstice Eraser of the frozen Radiate me from within And melt my broken bones And just like snow That falls into the unknown Hell’s getting colder and colder And I fear It’s getting more and more unreal Like a never-dying cancer Why won’t you disappear? Who will fix my colors? In this nihilistic war To rise from these ashes Phoenix of salvation Could you heal me from within And mend my broken soul And just like snow That falls into the unknown Hell’s getting colder and colder And I fear It’s getting more and more unreal Like a never-dying cancer Why won’t you Why won’t you see When I fall Like another one of your pawns I dream I hope But you’re still blocking it all Like a never-dying cancer Why won’t you disappear? I fear That you will never disappear And just like snow That falls into the unknown Hell’s getting colder and colder And I fear It’s getting more and more unreal Like a never-dying cancer Why won’t you disappear? Why won’t you disappear? Hereafter I scream I hope But you are still blocking it all Like a never-dying cancer Why won’t you disappear?
What should you know about Eyes Wide Open? The swedish melodic death metal band was founded in 2011, they released 3 albums, one EP and numerous singles in the past 10 years. Their first work was a single titled ‘Revelations’ in 2012, after that came the first album ‘Aftermath’. The uniquness of Aftermath was that it became accessible worldwide with their second album ‘And So It Begins’ back in 2017. On the 17th May 2019 the third album ‘The Upside Down’ came out. Their upcoming fourth album ‘Through Life and Death’ will be released this November on Arising Empire’s YouTube channel.
The band’s current memebers: Erik Engstrand (vocal), Kristofer Strandberg (quitar), Jesper Lindgren (bass) and Lucas Freise (drums)
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*Release date: 2021.11.12.
by: Wolfy & Shadow
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