(8/10) Even tough I'm more into metal, I always had a certain interest in industrial rock too. Regardless if it's Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson or Ministry, I have to say that the power those bands create(d) by using samples and keyboards is massive.
Filter also belongs to these bands and the guys release their new album "Crazy Eyes" in April. It's the band's seventh longplayer and it follows the pretty much guitar-oriented "The Sun Comes Out Tonight".
"Crazy Eyes" takes a different approach, meaning Filter goes back more to the early days in the 90's. Mighty guitars are less present on the new release. This time it's more an oppressive industrial sound that gets the spotlight. A bigger contribution to this result comes from a cooperation with old friends of the band. Producer Ben Grosse as well as Michael Tuller have been part of "Crazy Eyes" and next to these two guys it was Johnny Radke and Danny Lohner that have been in on it too.
Richard Patrick created together with his renewed band, (Oumi Kapila (g), Ahsley Dzeigian (b), Chris Reeve (d) and Bobby Miller (key) an album that is very intense. It is a dark and gloomy longplayer that has it's first highlight on pole position.
"Mother E" starts with some creep whispers accompanied by some samples. This build up very fast and the whole thing ends in almost desperate screams of Patrick. In addition "Mother E" comes with a cold industrial beat that emphasises the frantic expression of this track. A really cool start of "Carzy Eyes".
Compared with the opener "Take me to Heaven" is a swinging industrial song that comes with a catchy chorus and a lot of melodies. Those two songs show already the width of musical variations you'll find on "Crazy Eyes". You want to have it even broader? No problem.
"Welcome to the Suck (Destiny not Luck)" has a silent and acoustic beginning. The song stays on a low tempo, but intensity increases over time. In the end it's the tension between loud and quiet that creates an atmosphere that's somewhere between rage and despair.
All in all "Closed Eyes" is a cold and angry industrial rock album that fits very well into now-time.
- Mother E
- Nothing in my Hands
- Pride Flag
- City of Blinding Riots
- Take me to Heaven
- Welcome to the Suck (Destiny not Luck)
- Head of Fire
- Kid Blue from the Short Bus, Drunk Buck
- Your Bullets
- Under the Tongue
- (Can't She See) Head of Fire, Part 2
Release Date EU: April 8th, 2016