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Review: Arch Enemy - Dead Eyes See No Future
Arch Enemy
Dead Eyes See No Future

Label: Century Media Records
Year released: 2004
Duration: 25:26
Tracks: 6
Genre: Death/Thrash

Review online: November 16, 2004
Reviewed by: 4th Horseman
Readers Rating
Dead Eyes See No Future

Rated 3.29/5 (65.71%) (14 Votes)

It was already fairly obvious that the world's most popular Melodeath/thrash band will not be releasing a brand new album anytime soon. With the release of this EP, it just confirms that. "Dead Eyes See No Future" was previously a rarity that was released only for the Japanese fans. However, since Arch Enemy are not going to be crushing our ears for some time now, I presume they (or the label) decided to keep the fans on the their toes by unleashing this mini disc on to the world, and not just the Japanese.

In terms of the songs available on this EP, the first half of them are no strangers to any Arch Enemy fan – which are perhaps the three most popular Angela Gossow era Arch Enemy songs and the title cut being the greatest one ever recorded by the band. "Burning Angel" and "We Will Rise" are live versions recorded in Paris, but the "Live Factor" is not very rampant on these tracks because these guys just perform the songs flawlessly with little to no difference from the studio versions. She gets a little off key (if there is a 'key' here) on "We Will Rise" but overall, it is pretty much the same. And you only hear the crowd in the intro anyway. The three covers on here are really something though. Megadeth's "Symphony Of Destruction" has been butchered to death here (no pun intended). It just sucks horribly. Sorry. But then comes Manowar's classic – "Kill With Power". And if I may be so bold in saying so, this song officially belongs to Arch Enemy now! Ms Gossow and the crew just ride a steamroller over the original track and claim ownership from start to end. Even the solo on here leaves nothing to be desired and simply rules head to toe. The last track - the Carcass cover - is cool too; however, I cannot comment on how it differs from the original as I simply have never heard it. There is also a video of the song "We Will Rise" that comes with this enhanced CD.

Overall, a non-essential release. Only diehards who cannot wait for the next studio effort to come out should look into it for the covers.

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