In 2007 the band Legacy (released albums in 1999 and 2001) changed their name to Dead Eyed Sleeper and released their debut 'In Memory of Mankind'. That album showed the potential of this band. On the new album they explore the paths of technical death metal even further.
The listening left me a little disappointed, I couldn't keep my focus and sometimes even forgot to listen. After the 9 songs I could not remember a bit of it. Fortunately I had the spirit to invest some time in this CD and have listened to it again and again. The songs are growing with each spin and still do. Dead Eyed Sleeper plays rather technical death metal with lots of tempo-changes and strange atmospheric changes in the songs. A band called Dark Millenium (the album: 'Ashore the Celestial Burden' ) passed my mind several times. Another underestimated band that lots of people could never put a finger on.
Besides the tempo-changes, we are also served some softer soundscapes and even some violins, the songs have a heavy layer and combine groovy parts with virtuoso complex parts. The grunting and growling vocals are convincing and the production is o.k. Death metal fans that want it easy and straightforward should pass on this one and those who like some complexity and have the patience to let an album grow should add this one to their wishlist.
For open-minded death metal fans.