Arcade Eyes are a band from France that includes members of Crown, Earthship and Smokin 44 with a musical style that I would describe as being a mixture of psych, sludge and doom metal and this is a review of their self released and self titled 2013 album.
"Circles Of Black Shadows" begins with some psychedelic style guitar riffing along with some drums and sound effects before going into a heavier direction and adding in some growls along with heavy and melodic riffing which leads to some melodic clean singing, after awhile powerful bass guitars make their presence known along with more sound effects before going back to the heavier parts while also keeping the psychedelic sounds around and towards the end you can hear a brief use of melodic guitar leads.
"Tales Of greed" begins with some heavy guitar riffs, drums and growls in the Southern sludge style and as the song moves on you can hear some acid trip style effects while also remaining heavy.
"Waves Of Flesh" begins with some drum playing along with some heavy and melodic guitar riffs setting up the mood for some melodic vocals and death metal growls and as the song moves on it gets more psychedelic sounding along with the heavy riffing.
"Iron Tongue" begins with some distorted effects before kicking into drums and 70's style guitar riffing which also sets up the mood for some growls and the song is less than 2 minutes long.
"Into The Veil" begins with some distorted bass playing and growls which also lead to some heavy and melodic guitar riffs as well as some drums and as the song moves on it starts mixing in some melodic riffing and vocals while focusing mostly on growls as well as a brief guitar lead.
"Fragments" begins with some heavy guitar riffs, drums and growls before adding in a brief use of noise rock style leads along with some psych effects before returning to the heavy sludge and doom which also leads to some clean singing and melodic guitar riffing and as the song moves on it starts mixing in more 70s rock elements with the metal parts.
"Soundtrack For Salvation" begins with heavy guitar riffs, drums and growls which also set up the mood for some melody getting mixed in with the heavier riffing and as the song moves it gets even more heavy and diverse.
"Embrace The Fire" begins with some clean guitar playing along with some percussion and after awhile heavy bass guitars make their presence known as well as some melodic style post guitar style parts along with some background ambient sounds, as the song moves on melodic vocals start kicking in
Song lyrics cover dark themes, while the production has a very strong, powerful, heavy and professional sound for being a self released recording and you can hear all of the musical instruments that are present on t he album.
In my opinion Arcade Eyes are a very great sounding hybrid of psych, sludge and doom metal and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Circles Of Black Shadows" "Into The Veil" and "Embrace The Fire". RECOMMENDED BUY.