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Third Eye: Recipe For Disaster

Here's another holdover from 2010 that we are just getting into our hands now, and it's a damn good one. Third Eye is a Danish progressive metal band who have been in existence in one form or another since 2003, but Recipe For Disaster is their debut release. The band is comprised of Per Johansson on vocals, Thomas Kuhlmann & Michael Bodin on guitar, Martin Damgaard on drums, Andreas Schumann on bass, and Simon Krogh on keyboards.

The first thing you notice are the vocal histrionics of Johansson. This guy can flat out sing, but the interesting thing is he combines elements of Nevermore's Warrel Dane, Dream Theater's James LaBrie, Queensryche's Geoff Tate, Into Eternity/Iced Earth belter Stu Block, Pain of Salvation frontman Daniel Gildenlow, Tim 'Ripper' Owens, and even the legendary King Diamond himself, into a unique sound all his own. His powerful, theatrical, and at times over the top delivery soars above the intricate and often time crushing guitar riffage and complex rhythms from the rest of the band. More importantly, as diverse as these songs are, they are instantly memorable. From the extreme prog-metal of "Dark Angel" to the complex & avant-garde metal of "Snake in the Grass", these songs just stick in your head like glue and never let go. A tune like "The Sacred and the Profane" mixes thrash, progressive & power metal all in one cohesive fashion, and the 10+ minute epic "The Psychiatrist" provides everything prog-metal fans crave, such as blazing guitar/bass/keyboard unison passages, heavy riffs, soaring vocals, and dramatic atmosphere.

Not a bad song in the bunch, and I can easily see Third Eye getting snatched up by any of the larger metal labels in short order. This is a band to keep your eye on folks, mark my words.

Track Listing
01. Solitary Confinement
02. Recipe For Disaster
03. Dark Angel
04. Six Feet Under
05. Eye of Envy
06. Psychological Breakthrough
07. Darkness Into Dawn
08. Snake In the Grass
09. The Sacred and the Profane
10. The Psychiatrist

Added: May 15th 2011
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Related Link: Band Website
Hits: 3970
Language: english

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Third Eye: Recipe For Disaster
Posted by Scott Ward, SoT Staff Writer on 2011-05-15 06:47:18
My Score:

I have to tell you that the first time I heard this disc I hated it. The vocal gymnastics of Per Johansson struck me as fingernails on the chalkboard. From death metal type growls to Rob Halford type shrieks, Per has a range that would scare most. It is just a matter of using it in the right way. He has one helluva band backing him and they sure know how to produce some very intriguing progressive metal. It boils down to whether Johansson's vocals are your cup of tea.

I am glad that I didn't write this review on first impressions. With repeated listens of the disc, it becomes apparent that Johansson has the ability to be one of the best in the business. It is just a matter of channeling it in the right way. Sometimes he just goes too over the top for my taste. When he uses restraint, this is one magnificent disc. For instance the title track "Recipe For Disaster" is one dynamite bit of progressive metal that takes you through quite a few different musical perspectives along the way and for each view Johansson gives you a different delivery. Gravely at one point and then turning to an almost rap feeling snarl before changing into his nasally normal tone that reminds me of Axl Rose. Sometimes it works and sometimes you just say...Why?

Now when he calms down and uses a bit of control the results are something to watch out for! A good example is the terrific tune "Dark Angel". This very dark and heavy song is as good as it gets in this field. I have to hand it to them as this type of song shows me that these guys are capable of some real metal fireworks! Likewise on the captivating "Snake In The Grass". This time they are a bit more melodic and Johansson gives a terrific performance that shows his abilities yet not going overboard.

Overall this is really a very good disc. It takes a bit of getting use to and the vocals are still an acquired taste but it ended up being a keeper for sure. This band has all the potential to make some real waves in the prog metal world and I am really looking forward to see where they go from here.

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