Eye of the Storm - Boundless
Record Company: Unsigned
Release Date: June 13, 2010
Eye of the Storm are a four-piece progressive metal act out of New York. This is their second EP release. The members include Justin Volpe on vocals and guitar, Cody Ryan on lead guitar and backing vocals, Elard Timana on bass, and Jon Scott on drums. All members are trained classically and have studied musical theory. They were only 15 when they recorded their first song.
How is it?
From the acoustic guitar start on opener "Envenom", to the ominous final moments of "Separation", the album surprisingly manages to find its own ground. For such young guys, they have an amazing understanding of how to incorporate slightly above average changes and catchy melodies, not to mention well-timed solos that feel genuine because they're not forced down your throat. "Clockwork" is a fun, fast-paced piece of power metal which best displays the band's ability of transitions. "Another Night Goes By" is a raging metal experience with the album's best solo.
The album's one major downfall lies in its production, which is pretty mediocre. It may affect one's inspiration to give the album more than a couple listens. And it will be hard for the band to find a record label, because of the already over-populated genre the band have landed themselves in.
The reality is, is that this band loves metal; they love music, and they seem to enjoy playing it. I have a feeling that if a record label gives these guys some attention, they have the ability to take off. To be the "next big thing" if you will. Because passion is missing from a lot of music today; it's all about making the quick dollar. Thankfully, Eye of the Storm have enough passion to spout perhaps my favorite EP of the year. Now, Mr. Record Producer, let's get the contract out and get this rolling.