After forming in late 2010, the local Detroit band Through Our Eyes have finally released their debut album, ‘Welcome To Life’ after a seemingly endless recording time of over four years. Recording with Kevin Sharpe at Metro 37 Studios in Rochester, Michigan, the band, whose first single, the self titled ‘Through Our Eyes’ was released in EARLY 2012 did not disappoint with their debut effort.
Lead by the fierce voice of Annette Bilek and her brother, lead guitarist Mark Bilek, Through Our Eyes is an interesting combination of the power of In This Moment, early Metallica and modern metal, with some of the dynamic range of Evanesence and Flyleaf. The band is rounded out by bassist Nick Ryan, drummer John Boettcher and rhythm guitarist Kelly Tucker.
The record starts out with a soundscape, leading into the heavy and fast, mosh pit favorite ‘Myriad’ which will get any metal head to turn their radio up to 11 and thrash into a song that if you only gave this band one song to show you what they are about, this would be the song. From heavy growls, to clean singing, on point beats, and excellent guitar work, to the cleverly crafted background sounds, this album has what any rocker would want.
The album then moves onto my personal favorite song off the album ‘Meyou’ which dials down the ferocity a little bit, but sounds almost psychotic in the vocals presented by lead vocalist Annette. Moving on to ‘Dreams’ the band takes it down a couple more notches into almost a full on metal ballad, showing incredible dynamics from hard to almost pop inspired ballads. But that song will surprise you, heading back to full blown metal before too long, again showing their in-song dynamic ranges.
The fourth track on their album ‘Movin’ On’ was their second single, released soon after their self titled single is almost a close to a ballad as you could want, proving an excellent song to go into after ‘Dreams’ this song followed the second single ballad formula. Following ‘Movin’ On’ you will hear another clever soundscape, and a very deep sounding song with ‘Black Beauty’ which if it were my opinion is in itself single quality.
Following ‘Black Beauty’ you will hear ‘To Live,’ ‘Welcome To Life’ the title track, and ‘Swell,’ which add to the awesome sounds that not only include the traditional vocals, guitars and drums, but the awesome studio work that makes this album very unique in a local, independent record. Closing out the record is the bands first single ‘Through Our Eyes’ and the tribute song written about young Vincent Ocelnik who tragically died in an auto accident several years ago with the up and down song ‘God Caught A Vinny.’
With this record, I have literally nothing to complain about, the mixing and mastering is on point. This is some of the best work I have seen come out of Metro 37 Studios, ever. The only real complaint I would have, has nothing to do with the album itself, or the music on it. It is more the time it took to get the record done. The first tracks of this album came out nearly four years ago, and have been redone several times since. Overall, I would say that this album is in my Top 3 records of 2014, and probably my Top 5 or 6 records in the last several years.
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Rikki Roxx is one of the cohosts of The Effect. In addition to hosting the weekly radio show, he is a seasoned veteran in the Detroit music scene. In addition to being over two dozen bands in his career, he is also a published columnist, having written a series of articles for Detroit Live Magazine. He is most noted as being the bass player for Dirty Whiskey, and being a host of The Rikki Roxx Effect, which had listeners from every state in the USA. In 2015 he will help launch the brand new show The Effect Show on a brand new network based out of suburban Detroit.
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