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I Hope She's Having Nightmares
     

I Hope She's Having Nightmares

by Eyes Upon Separation
 
Eyes Upon Separation's debut album, I Hope She's Having Nightmares, is an album that manages to twist the listener's brain this way and that with staggering musical prowess and intricate detail that may appear to be simply chaotic waves of noise to the untrained ear. The darkly sinister symphonies executed by guitarists Matt Auzier and Nick Corns are

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Eyes Upon Separation's debut album, I Hope She's Having Nightmares, is an album that manages to twist the listener's brain this way and that with staggering musical prowess and intricate detail that may appear to be simply chaotic waves of noise to the untrained ear. The darkly sinister symphonies executed by guitarists Matt Auzier and Nick Corns are indescribable yet ruthless in piercing your ears with outrageous squeals of technical bliss. Brandon Smith's continuous barrage of screams are only interrupted slightly by the random burst of spoken-word vocals that bring to mind metalcore icons Zao. Elsewhere on the album, Eyes Upon Separation bear strong likeness to such highly respected mathcore visionaries as Dillenger Escape Plan and even the death metal tones of Meshuggah. Musically, I Hope She's Having Nightmares is a nightmarish voyage through the darkest shadows of human nature, at once terrifying the listener and inducing ice cold shivers down the neck and spine. This effect serves its purpose, as foreboding feelings are what Eyes Upon Separation have firmly grasped between their clenched fists. Each song is given shape by the poetic lyrics torn from Smith's throat. The group's incessant desire to create a soundscape of frantic musical pieces feels a bit too forced, it's as if the band are motivated solely on the need to sound more extreme than their peers in the metal scene. This can grow thin, yet for every "My Scarlet Season Turns to Black" there is a "Tongues of Poison (The Angus Tragedy)" to compliment the intensity with surprising passages of melodic bliss. Eyes Upon Separation could benefit from a little direction for their music, yet although this album feels very sporadic and spontaneous, it also contains some unbelievable instrumental skill. This evident skill prevents I Hope She's Having Nightmares from sounding excessively hectic, and it is Eyes Upon Separation's saving grace. Eyes Upon Separation possess massive amounts of undeniable talent, and once they focus themselves on making complete songs as opposed to mind-boggling technical achievements, they could be one of the scene's most prominent players.

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Release Date:
01/22/2002
Label:
Uprising Records
UPC:
0637339001820
catalogNumber:
18

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