I must say I've been waiting to hear some good metal. Thine Eyes Bleed surprised me by being just what I was hoping for: quality speed metal. Justin Wolfe may not "sing" but a guttural scream can stir the drink just as well. If their drummer Darryl isn't using a double bass then I'm in awe and if he is ... so what. His powerful rhythm drives the harmonies between the two guitars and bass. Metal's signature of quick and easy tempo changes are accomplished with power and skill. No overblown guitar solos was a nice change and made "In the Wake of Separation" a joy to listen to. True metal heads may find some chinks in the armor but I was glad to review this Canadian band. But by the time they played with Vehemence at the Venue on March 25, jet lag may have set in. With the Independence-D Festival in Tokyo and South by Southwest in Austin, followed by stops in Texas and Colorado, I hope they had some fire left for Boise. If all their live shows have the energy of this CD, it must have been a good night to be in the pit.
by John White