Ecocide – Eye of Wicked Sight (2014)

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Starting as this album does with an unusual spacey ambient track, I did wonder briefly if I was in for brutality in the vein of Wormed. That notion was swiftly dispelled by the first “proper” song, the awesomely-named Planet Eater, which quickly builds from a laid-back intro into the kind of groovy thrash/death riff that fills you with the urge to grab a beer and jump into the pit.

 
Firmly establishing themselves in this mould, the Dutchmen then proceed to pummel the listener into submission with simple, heavy riffs that always just manage to avoid slipping into the horribly overpopulated realm of slam. The outro riff from Alien Intervention is a great example of this; if you’ve got long hair, you’ll be windmilling.
Whilst the vocals could in my opinion benefit from being slightly thrashier rather than remaining steadfastly at Corpsegrinder-approved pitch, the drums are tight and interesting throughout, never leaning too heavily on blastbeats and double-kick, and the bass has a brilliantly nasty tone, and is situated perfectly in the mix, remaining audible without being intrusive.

 
The real highlight of this album, however, is the guitars, which strike a fantastic balance between wild thrashy abandon and threatening death metal chugging. Unknown Disease provides some fantastic opportunities for drunken pit antics, as well as incorporating a solid solo towards the finish, whilst Beneath The Flesh opens with a genuinely unsettling groove riff that breaks into a fun speedy-yet-brutal riff that any 80’s thrasher would be proud to lay claim to, before settling into a great old-school death metal chug-fest.

 
Overall, Eye Of Wicked Sight is a solid representative of often somewhat nebulous genre of death/thrash. Ecocide have got the balance between the two genres (which, don’t forget, share very common roots) just right, and although they may not be a band that immediately stands out from the pack, they do make extremely good music nonetheless. I would very much like to see them build on this foundation and continue to evolve as musicians.

 

Music – It’s not amazingly innovative, but it is good fun.
Artwork – Wonderfully weird and a little bit creepy.
Overall – Well worth checking out, especially for fans of bands like Foetal Juice and Flayed Disciple.

 

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– Marcus Vine