Ex Eye

Ex Eye - Ex Eye
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Based on 6 reviews
2017 Ratings: #82 / 716
User Score
Based on 56 ratings
2017 Ratings: #57
June 23, 2017 / Release Date
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These musicians understand that heaviness is most effective when balanced by some light, making their debut both inventively punishing and soaring.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Listen if… You can imagine a world in which instrumental metal can incorporate the style of a saxophone. No really, metal with a saxophone. And no one sings. If you’re like “I like to listen to instrumental music when I study because it’s peaceful”. NO. NOT THIS. NEVER THIS. YOU WILL GET NOTHING DONE. PAY ATTENTION TO IT. ITS INTRICATE AND DESERVES YOUR ATTENTION. *hmph* I’m so sorry
I never thought a metal album could be so beautiful but because metal is so inherently excessive, this album sounds excessively beautiful. I'm not much of a metal fan so I can attest to the fact that this is a metal album for people who don't like metal!
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
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#28/Norman Records


#17/PopMatters (Metal)

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