Deity's Muse - _The Eyes Don't See What the Heart Bleeds_
(ENT Entertainment, 2007)
by: Quentin Kalis (6 out of 10)
Deity's Muse can be considered as a nu-metal act, but with the coarse edges smoothed out. That means no in-your-face shouts and raps, no trying to prove they are as tough in real life as in their own minds. Or for that matter, very little in the way of death grunts or screams -- the preferred approach is for clean, nasal-sounding and not always in tune vocals. Combined with their straightforward barre chord riffage, modern tone, conventional song structures and melodious approach, all contained within a radio-friendly length, I'm struggling to restrain my residual cynicism. It seems they have an eye on radio play, and for all I know, could already be a staple on local college radio stations.

Their motif works for a short while, but by the time I reach "Lost" I am already bored -- and I'm not even halfway through! The songs never rise above mid pace, solos are few. At least they have acceptable production, but a second guitarist would provided them with a fuller sound. They are heavy enough to annoy your mom, but not heavy enough for her to contact the nearest psychiatrist or priest -- actually, unless you're in the platteland (remote area punctuated by small towns), she might enjoy this album just as much as you might.

Overall, I can't help but feel they entered the studio prematurely; their live performances are apparently entertaining, but spending a bit more time on these numbers might have helped them to consolidate their sound and perhaps create a more varied template.

(As a final irrelevant note, the bassist has a great beard -- must have taken a couple of years to grow that monster!)


(article published 3/10/2007)

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