>> Eye Empire: Impact (2012)

Artist: Eye Empire

Album: Impact

Members: Donald Carpenter, B.C. Kochmit, Corey Lowery, Ryan Bennett

Genre: Metal, Rock

Label: Vertusent

Tracks: 24

Type: LP

Release Date: June 19, 2012

Discs: 2

Rating: 3.94 (out of 4.00)

Grade: A-

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Eye Empire is a super group that consists of Corey Lowery (Stuck Mojo/Stereomud/Dark New Day), B.C. Kochmit (Switched), Donald Carpenter (Submersed), and former Texas Hippie Coalition drummer Ryan Bennett. From the many fan quotes and interviews from other sources the band sounds a lot like Sevendust or Stained. Personally I thought they sounded a lot like Disturbed and Flaw. Really all four bands could be barking up the same tree and I would never know it since I’ve never really been a big fan of either of the earlier mentioned groups. In any case it’s a unique metal sound that mixes it up on vocals between a very operatic metal type, the usual growl of the hardcore genre, as well as some pretty smooth harmonies tossed in for good measure. Carpenter has a good voice, not unique, but in the grand scheme of Eye Empire it makes for a good focal point.

On the instrument side Ryan Bennett keeps a decent rhythm. He’s not one of my favorite drummers in the world, but again, in the grand scheme of the bands sound it all works out in the end. Guitar is fierce and even provides the latest generation with this little thing called a guitar solo. Sometimes it’s not a necessary factor but when its on it is very on. All in all I thought this was a great album to work out to. It has a good balance between slow and heavy and all in all every track delivered but a few, and when your talking about an album that runs 24 tracks your bound to find one or two your not going to like. Still, worth having a look to see if Eye Empire floats yer boat.

Included in the two disc set the bands first recording, Moment of Impact, and then expands with live tracks and previously unreleased recordings and an acoustic track. Also included is a booklet which contains song information and images. 

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