Eyes Set To Kill - Broken Frames

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Post-hardcore
BreakSilence Recordings
Eyes Set To Kill
Broken Frames
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It is extremely possible that Paramore’s breakthrough to the mainstream represented something of a watershed for the “emo” scene. The subsequent obsession with female-led bands is directly responsible for the sky-bound careers of Hey Monday, VersaEmerge, and possibly even The Morning Of. Of course, it didn’t take long for the obsession with chick singers to flow into heavier music, and the result of this is the upward career of Ocala, Florida’s Eyes Set To Kill. With average screams and breakdowns, the only thing that sets Eyes Set To Kill apart from contemporaries such as A Skylit Drive is that the clean vocals are done by a MS. Alexia Rodriguez (although, honestly, even that doesn’t make much of a difference when the listener takes into account Jag’s vocal range).

The record begins with discordant riffs and the deep screaming of Justin Denson, and segues perfectly into Rodriguez’s voice. For the remainder of the song, nay, the album, the two vocalists play a similar tag-team game, switching between sung and screamed vocals much like any of their contemporaries would, while interspersing within the songs one or two scream-infused ballads. And this is where Eyes Set To Kill’s downfall is. Broken Frames is the band’s third full-length, and where many bands try to stretch the limits of their sound on album number three, Eyes Set To Kill simply plays it safe for the majority of the record. Thankfully, however, there are exceptions to this generalization. The band touches upon the subject of religion on “The Listening”, and Rodriguez’s soaring-yet-vulnerable voice solidifies its status as one of the best songs to come out of the scene this year. On album closer “Escape,” the band manages to combine frenetic instrumentation with some of Rodriguez’s most stunning work on the record, before closing both the song and the record with soft piano, a round of soft ohs, and Rodriguez’s soft voice.

While Broken Frames may be a study in trends, it is not a terrible record. From the opening discordant riffs of “All You Ever Know” to the Rodriquez’s delicate vocalizations at the end of “Escape,” the band provides an enjoyable half an hour that is a precise snapshot of modern post-hardcore. Unfortunately, that is all it is: a view of modern post-hardcore. The band doesn’t push too many boundaries, although they have created one of the scene’s best songs with “The Listening.” Outside of this song, the band’s only true selling point is frontwoman Alexia Rodriguez. However, the fact that they are female-fronted makes them only slightly unique, considering they are from a genre fronted by androgynous, AutoTune-clad voices. Even so, Eyes Set To Kill will no doubt go far. One can only hope that their next album will make them deserve everything they are going to get.

1. All You Ever Knew
2. Broken Frames
3. The Listening
4. Ticking Bombs
5. Play The Part
6. Falling Fast
7. Catch Your Breath
8. Ryan
9. Inside The Eye
10. Two Letter Sins
11. Escape

Eyes Set to Kill have taken the hardcore community by storm with an intense live show and a crushing EP. They unleash a whirlwind of melodic guitar riffs that violently flood into the ears of listeners, emotionally capturing screams, and hypnotizing melodic vocal hooks that seethe with emotion.

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