Written by Behind The Curtains Media.
PORTLAND, Maine | September 15, 2017 - Five of the Eyes are the musical equivalent of the giant boulder that seeks to flatten Indiana Jones in Raiders of The Lost Ark; heavy, relentless, powerful, and virtually unstoppable. Their energetic songs rush forward like a runaway train leaving unprepared listeners dizzy and in the dust. As a band, they embrace many genres and influences and even though they toe the prog-rock line, their music tends to appeal to basically anyone who simply appreciates amazing vocals, stunning musicianship, and expertly crafted songs. In the band's latest video for their song "Wasteland" which premiered earlier this week via Pure Grain Audio we receive all of the above.
Conceptually the video is simple, with the camera focused on the band shredding through "Wasteland" live at The Halo where they recorded their upcoming album The Venus Transit. Between shots of the band, the camera cuts to footage of singer Darrell Foster who is dimly lit and gesticulating as if possessed by the music. He writhes and fires off lyrics from a blackened room, cloaked in darkness; a perfect production choice that caters to the song's dark aesthetic and ominous theme. Created by Sam and Will Caswell of the Portland, Maine based media company Herman Mantis, the video offers enough to be both visually engaging and creative in its artistic vision and execution.
"This song started as a Frankenstein of misfit guitar riffs we had kicking around. We had some trouble making them fit together until we came up with the verse groove, which is a relatively straightforward gallop inspired by Heart’s “Barracuda”, and that solidified the arrangement. Darrell did an amazing job coming up with lyrics and melodies which go with the desert-like vibe of the music, and it all comes together in a cinematic, dystopian, Orwellian, cautionary tale of a song. The instrumental section at the ending is also probably the most aggressive and technically challenging thing we’ve ever written. It’s really fun to play and we were really stoked about how it came out on the record.” - Ned Rich (guitar)
As we've come to expect from FOTE, "Wasteland" is a blistering track that thunders forth like a heard of elephants. It is ambitious in both subject matter and technicality but then again one could attribute those aspects to just about any Five of the Eyes song. The track comes off their forthcoming full-length album The Venus Transit which is set to drop on September 29th; It is available for pre-order in digital format HERE and CD and vinyl format HERE. The band will hit the road in support of The Venus Transit in mid-October joined by their friends In The Presence of Wolves.
Written by Behind The Curtains Media
PORTLAND, Maine | September 1, 2017 - If Portland Maine's Five of the Eyes are to be labeled as a prog-rock band, then they undoubtedly write some of the catchiest and most listener friendly prog-rock songs that you'll ever hear. Somehow the band manages to effortlessly dance between genres; at one moment displaying their aggressive and formidable technicality, and at others displaying their ability to craft delectable bites of ear candy that will stick with you for days. With the band's latest single "Mirrors" - which premiered via Metal Underground earlier this week [LINK] - we the listener receive the latter of those two personalities.
"Mirrors" is far from what might be considered a traditional prog-rock jam, and while the band certainly showcases their musical chops, one cannot deny the irresistible pop elements that serve as the foundation for this incredible anthem. In truth, there is something almost magical about the song. It feels familiar in the way that all great songs feel familiar, yet it vibrates with a poetic originality that will send chills down your spine. In his powerful and unmistakable tenor, vocalist Darrell Foster delivers the chorus; "Broken pieces, mirror daydreams, cut my fingers trying to put them back together. Come to me my love and savior. Your open arms are enough for me to surrender." The beauty of Foster's words are bolstered by the virtuosity of his bandmates, and for a brief moment the only thing that exists is the song.
"Mirrors" is about a passionate moment of self awareness. It’s the realization that only when I'm fighting for what I love do I feel alive. When my life shatters around me, which version of myself will I reconstruct from the broken pieces?” - Darrell Foster
The single comes off the bands debut LP The Venus Transit which is set to drop on September 29, after which the band will be embarking on a month long national tour with In The Presence of Wolves to support the release.
Join Five of the Eyes in celebration of their forthcoming full-length album The Venus Transit.
Produced and engineered by Jonathan Wyman at The Halo, the new album musically picks-up where the band left off with their self-produced sophomore EP Hierophantasm. However, with Wyman acting as both producer and engineer, the songs off The Venus Transit soar to stunning new heights, previously unachievable in the confines of the bands home studio. The flawless fidelity matched by equally impressive performances by all five members, makes for a listening experience unlike anything that the band has produced to date.
Mastered by grammy award winning engineer Adam Ayan at Gateway Mastering Studios, the album is an impressive sonic journey that will appeal to music lovers of all types. To try and pigeon hole the band into one genre would be to do them a massive disservice, because while they tend to toe the prog-rock line, Five of the Eyes have dedicated themselves to creating a sound and aesthetic that is uniquely their own. Now with a stellar new album under their belt, a fall tour on the books, and a hunger to be heard, these five small-town boys are ready to take on the world one face-melting show at a time.
Joining FOTE for the night are Jersey prog rock prodigies In The Presences Of Wolves and Portland’s own Mirth and KGFREEZE.
The official release of The Venus Transit online and at your local record store is 9/29/2017.
Visit www.fiveoftheeyes.com for more info!
Doors at 8 pm | Music starts at 9 pm.
Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 day of show.