Ex Eye
Ex Eye - Ex Eye
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
2017 Rank: #44 / 624
User Score
Based on 38 ratings
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Exclaim!
These musicians understand that heaviness is most effective when balanced by some light, making their debut both inventively punishing and soaring.
81
Paste
It’s clear from the fire and wreckage in these four tracks that this group isn’t just out to perform technically proficient avant-garde jazz metal. There’s a disturbing core of darkness in each song that makes the album come to life, expressing hidden feelings the listener might not want to uncover.
81
Pitchfork
This is incredibly heavy music made light (joyful, even) by the zeal and power of its players. By plowing into, through, and ultimately out of the dark, Ex Eye is an ecstatic fusion—an exhilarating exclamation of defiance, no warning required.
80
AllMusic
While the music on this self-titled offering is breathtaking in its intensity, beauty, and mystery, what's even more incomprehensible is that this quartet manages to challenge, realign, and perhaps even redefine the entire post-metal landscape in 28 short minutes.
80
PopMatters
Ex Eye’s self-titled debut is an intriguing amalgam of black metal, progressive rock, minimalism, and free jazz while not sounding of a piece with any representative artist from those genres. Like fellow maverick saxophonist John Zorn, Stetson is paving his own way through the waters of extreme music, making albums that make catharsis physical.
Jul 18, 2017
thisisabtlgrnd
84
For me, Ex Eye finds the perfect point in the venn diagram between jazz fusion and extreme metal with their debut. The songs here are absolutely primeval, with Stetson's saxophone melding perfectly with the rest of the band's pummeling instrumentation to evoke nature at its most destructive and chaotic. It is sublimity in its truest form. The band it reminds me of most is Cynic, though Ex Eye are even grander in their instrumental-only approach which often employs the winding structures of ... read more
Track List
  1. Xenolith; the Anvil
  2. Opposition / Perihelion; the Coil
  3. Anaitis Hymnal; the Arkose Disc
  4. Form Constant; the Grid
  5. Tten Crowns; the Corruptor
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Added on: June 13, 2017