THINE EYES BLEED - IN THE WAKE OF SEPARATION - THE END
According to The End Records Thine Eyes Bleed is a Canadian band featuring former Kittie tour guitarist Jeff Phillips and bassist Johnny Araya, the brother of Slayer's Tom Araya. In The Wake Of Separation is the band's debut album, but the quintet has already toured and played with the likes of Kittie, Candiria, Twelve Tribes and 36 Crazy Fists. That ominous information was almost enough to guarantee that Thine Eyes Bleed would either be a trendy mallcore or a hardcore band that would certainly be loathed at Metallian Towers. Instead, the band actually turned out to be a complex true thrash metal band with much potential. The vocals of Justin Wolfe are reminiscent of Mille of Kreator and are often layered. He has a desperate tinge to his voice and fortunately rarely stoops to whine as he does on the song Live To Die. The music is thrash and adorned with guitar solos. The guitars are grating and the drummer even utilizes double bass. The chords used are goods and the disharmonic occasions like on Regret Your Fear quite good. This song even hints at Voivod. Thine Eyes Bleed might have a funny name and be mired with the wrong associations by the label, but is worth the investigation for thrash fans. - Ali "The Metallian"
THINE EYES BLEED - Same - THE END
Canadian thrashers Thine Eyes Bleed gained some notoriety for featuring a member of the Araya family and fair publicity after receiving a fair push from The End Records for the group’s début. The quintet has surprisingly opted to self-title its sophomore outing and is back with a somewhat heavier album. Thine Eyes Bleed has one again skirted the whole mellow-thrash shamble and written and recorded an album full of heavy and grating thrash metal. With the melody largely buried, the band’s music is well out of the mainstream’s range, despite its tendency to alternate between fast and mid-paced tracks. Adding to the group’s underground constraint is a fair amount of technicality embedded in the musicianship. Justin Wolfe’s vocals have an abrasive approach which he mixes with the odd growling passage. It might be subconscious on his part, but the growls are usually deployed during the slower passages. Noteworthy is the full-on and incessant drumming which employs rolls, variety and a good amount of pounding. One downside is the snare sound which is unevenly under-mixed.
Mota Diablo is a pretty useless acoustic interlude dissecting the album followed by the aforementioned mid-paced (Truth In Evil) and fast The Mouth Of Hell) song line-ups. The latter song and the band’s moniker might also explain the album’s cover artwork. True thrashers will find Thine Eyes Bleed a serious proposition. - Ali “The Metallian”