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Band
Eyes Wide Open
Title
And So It Begins
Type
LP/EP
Company
Sony Music
YOR
2017
Style
Metalcore/Hardcore
9/27/2017 - Review by: Eric Compton
Heavily influenced by the 1990's Gothenburg scene
Sweden's Eyes Wide Open blew me away in 2013 with 'Aftermath', a melodic death metal offering that was heavily influenced by the 1990's Gothenburg scene. 'And So It Begins' follows the same path, broadening the sound to accessible tunes with an influx of melody and clean singing. It's every much an In Flames album, heavily influenced by the band. It has a super-cool ebb and flow to it, punctuated by biting riffs twin melody from Engstrand and Strandberg and spacious percussion. Room to breathe, room to improve, room for you and I to listen, watch and experience the evolution. Let's talk about this band more!
Recommended for fans of: In Flames and Engel
PERSONAL BREAKDOWN:

ENJOYMENT
4
MUSIC
4
VOCALS
3.5
PRODUCTION
3.5
ARTWORK
3
LYRICS
3.5


  • 1 :REVIEW COUNT
    4 :AVE RATING

ALL REVIEWS FOR: EYES WIDE OPEN
TITLE
DOR
COMPANY
REVIEWER DATE MADE RATING
And So It Begins
2017
Sony Music
Eric Compton9/27/2017
4

ALL INTERVIEWS FOR: EYES WIDE OPEN
INTERVIEW INTERVIEWER DATE TAGLINE
Kristofer StrandbergEric Compton5/16/2014


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