Published Jul 15, 2015The problem with many bands who fancy themselves "technical" or "progressive" is that they're boring, lack energy and, well, don't really move their subgenre forward all that much. Halifax metalcore A Sight for Sewn Eyes break that stereotype.
First of all, they (thankfully) don't boast about their abilities; they make the kind of metalcore that's technical without being difficult to digest. That's not to say they can't pull off more math-y moments or polyrhythmic parts, though: off-kilter sections in "Dead Art" and "Worst of Friends" bring to mind the Dillinger Escape Plan and the best parts of djent, respectively.
Secondly, they're anything but boring, often playing with the vigour of a hardcore band. The album's first spat of vocals on opener "…" even lack the expected growl of metal, leaning more toward the snarl of punk. The last couple of songs even tack a "post-" tag onto their metallic, melting pot sound. It's just a shame it isn't longer; with just eight songs and an instrumental interlude, A Sight for Sewn Eyes leaves listeners wanting more of the band's unique sound. (Distort)