Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Review: Eyeswithoutaface - Warguts

Eyeswithoutaface are an extremely underground industrial metal band from Toronto, Ontario who've been formed from the ashes of several other bands in 2009. Warguts marks the sixth overall release from the band, although it's their second full-length effort to date. All of their material can be found for free over at their Bandcamp page, so it's definitely encouraged that you check them out during or after this review. Despite the more punk nature of the cover art, what exactly are audiences to expect to hear from this unheard of band?

Genre: Experimental Metal, Industrial Metal
Label: Self-released/independent
Release Date: November 11th, 2012
  1. War Will Set You Free
  2. Devachan, or, The Cohesive Hole
  3. Dead Friends
  4. Brave Injustice
  5. Swallowing Static (The Law Falls Silent)
  6. Kaleidoscoping Mechanism
  7. Beautiful and Cruel
  8. While You Were Gone, We Were... (Free)
  9. Grotesque Tableau
Total Playtime: 37 minutes, 06 seconds





Rating: 8.5/10




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Eyeswithoutaface are an extremely underground industrial metal band from Toronto, Ontario who've been formed from the ashes of several other bands in 2009. Warguts marks the sixth overall release from the band, although it's their second full-length effort to date. All of their material can be found for free over at their Bandcamp page, so it's definitely encouraged that you check them out during or after this review. Despite the more punk nature of the cover art, what exactly are audiences to expect to hear from this unheard of band?

A deeply profound, dark and twisted experimental fusion of doom, black metal and industrial that's laced with hints of trip-hop, Warguts is anything but metal in the traditional form, but it is metal in spirit. Using large doses of industrial synthesizers, the material grinds mechanically in the same vein as Velvet Acid Christ. The menacing growl vocals are overly distorted in areas, mostly towards the beginning tracks, in a way that it's hard to tell if it was intentional or not. While the vocals are aggressive unintelligible growls, there are audio snippets included in the content that are clean, spoken word which add to the dystopian aura of the content; often speaking about the fall of mankind and how we are trapped in a miserable pit of despair thanks to the higher authorities.


While the biggest make up of the album are industrial keyboards with heavily layered effects, there are rare traditional instruments included. "Kaleidoscoping Mechanism" has both electric and acoustic guitar segments and "Beautiful and Cruel" is one of the few tracks with drums. It's difficult to explain exactly how this material sounds other than to say it's the aggressive grinding and clanking of mechanical gears that get a few wrenches thrown in now and then, it's truly one of those albums that you must experience yourself as everyone is going to have a completely different take on it. It's weird, avant-garde, creepy, threatening, shocking, perverse, unsettling and deeply malevolent.

Eyeswithoutaface are truly one of a kind with their twist on metal, the type of industrial that they've birthed issues some of the most evil sounds to be recorded and the haunting audio snippets forces ones eyes to open to the not-so-distant future of the decline of mankind. If you enjoy industrial, especially the obscure underground type, then Warguts is definitely for you.

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