Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Review: Sad Eyes - 9H0B1A

Sad Eyes is a one man death metal project from the mind and heart of Santi Gzlez. The exact formed year is unknown, however the first release came to light in 2010 and was entitled ...and Another Week. Hailing from Spain, it comes as no surprise that the lyrical matter is entirely in Spanish. The premiere album featured one set vocalist, Rotten, while Santi contributed the entirety of the instrumental composure. However, it appears that 9H0B1A went in the opposite direction, featuring two separate vocalists, an array of solo guitarists, a lyricist, bassist, and a bass composer. You know what they say about too many cooks in the kitchen... does that old proverb apply to Sad Eyes' second release, 9H0B1A?

Genre: Death Metal
Label: Razed Soul Productions
Release Date: January 25th, 2013
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Total Playtime: 39 minutes, 02 seconds








Rating: 8.0/10











Sad Eyes is a one man death metal project from the mind and heart of Santi Gzlez. The exact formed year is unknown, however the first release came to light in 2010 and was entitled ...and Another Week. Hailing from Spain, it comes as no surprise that the lyrical matter is entirely in Spanish. The premiere album featured one set vocalist, Rotten, while Santi contributed the entirety of the instrumental composure. However, it appears that 9H0B1A went in the opposite direction, featuring two separate vocalists, an array of solo guitarists, a lyricist, bassist, and a bass composer. You know what they say about too many cooks in the kitchen... does that old proverb apply to Sad Eyes' second release, 9H0B1A?

I have to say, 9H0B1A is an album that makes me re-evaluate the old warning to not judge a book by its cover. I generally try to force all expectations out of my mind before doing a review, however the 1337 5933K present in the album's title and all accompanied tracks made me automatically expect to hear some type of experimental, perhaps faux-Wormed style, technical death metal. I was completely wrong, and am thoroughly happy to admit it. 9H0B1A is a wonderful descent into maddening fear, told just as well by the instruments as it is by the lyrics.

Each of the nine tracks presented in the material has something special to offer. That being said, there is no way to truly say that one song is better than the other or that there is a lesser enjoyable flavor on the plate. They are all fresh, the next course being equally as tantalizing and filling as its predecessor, but are completely separate from each other while managing to stick with the main principals of death metal. All the while wonderful technicality and skill is being carefully incorporated to each recipe to add the right amount of spicy after-taste that leaves the audience wanting to come back for multiple listens.


What lies within the heart of the content are musicians that work flawlessly with one another. Santi shows amazing musical prowess by providing pummeling drum work which acts in servitude with the rhythm guitar that he also contributes. The two elements work in head-spinning unity to provision grounding to the album, allowing the lead guitar track to go off on insane tangents of technical bliss. The rhythm guitar is heard largely providing galloping palm-muted triplets, the occasional ring-out and other semi standard death metal tendencies; however, the imagination behind the compositions are never lacking. The rhythm guitar finds itself continuously backed by a fluctuation of fleeting blast beats that seek anywhere from mid to high tempos, as well as more exotic and creative pulses added in for seasoning. While sounding rather small, the drum kit does make use of every possible component at its disposal, incorporating closed hi-hat hits, lightning double bass, deep snares and a few different tom-toms.

The habitually interchanging lead guitarists allow for dynamic solos within each track, solos that range from being wild, feverish, insane onslaughts to melodic, tame, haunting harmonies. There is considerable diversity among each solo, all of which allows the respective musicians to embed their own bit of style into their respective songs; this being another reason as to why the content is so original. From sweeps, to pinch harmonics, to fleeting hammer ons/pull offs, it is all presented at some point within the nine listed tracks with great assortment and delicate composition.

There are two sets of vocals that work in unison with one another to create an energetic and spirited display of low death metal bellows and shrill black metal highs. One set of vocals are animalistic and strident, sounding more of the black metal variety rather than death metal. These vocals create the perfect offset, adjacent the deep snarling death metal vocals. Both sets continually trade off lines and birth an unpredictable lyrical flow throughout the entirety of the material at hand.

9H0B1A is quite the conglomeration of musicians, but extremely high skilled musicians that are all able to work together to provide an incredible audible experience that is worth repeating time and time again. The content here flows so effortlessly and natural from each element that the listener would never guess that there were more than ten artists contributing to the stew. So, do too many cooks spoil the stew? In the case of 9H0B1A... absolutely not, the more the merrier!

Digital Download Provided by: Sad Eyes

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