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Flying Eyes, The: Burning Of The Season

The Flying Eyes is a heavy psychedelic rock band hailing from Baltimore, Maryland. The band was named after a 1962 novel of the same name. In the camp sci-fi book giant eyeballs descend from space to overtake the human race. It may sound a bit cheesy but the band’s music is anything but. This band has been around for a number of years and released their debut Done So Wrong in 2011, followed by Lowlands (2013), Leave It All Behind Sessions (2014) and their latest Burning Of The Season (2017). Burning Of The Season has been my introduction to the band.

If you are searching for fresh, new and exciting psychedelic hard rock you really need to listen to their latest album. This album drips with a swirling psychedelic haze and the grooves and riffs are fantastic throughout.

The first track “Sing Praise” is all fuzz drenched guitar riffs and ripping psych infused hard rock. Moody guitar effects navigate through the quieter break before the heavy riffs break through once again. Vocalist Will Kelly has a strong voice, very melodic and completely on point. The hard driving “Come Round” is another great track, heavy psych with moody guitar explorations in the quieter, more introspective moments. The combination of pummeling rhythms and softer moods is intoxicating. On “Drain” the repetitive bass riff reminded me of Floyd’s “One Of These Days”. Just how cool is that? The buzz saw psychedelic guitar gets me every time. The slower starting “Circle Of Stone” is no less effective exhibiting more fantastic vocals and heavy crunch that will seep into your very bones. When the tempo speeds up bassist Mac Hewitt shows very good chops. This song has one of best atmospheric sections on the disc with a guitar solo that just needs to be heard. The album ending “”Oh Sister” is another fantastic track as every facet of the band is on full display; the riffs, vocals, rhythm section all stellar as the band navigates through heavy and soft, changing pace along the way.

I also need to give kudos to Kiryk Drewinski who did the cover art. It is superbly done and completely befitting of the band’s music. It reminds me a little of the animated movie Heavy Metal which is meant as a huge complement.

The Flying Eyes have produced an exceptional album with Burning Of The Season. If I would have gotten to it sooner this would have featured prominently on my ‘best of’ list of 2017. Music this good needs to be supported. You know what you need to do.

Track Listing:
1. Sing Praise
2. Come Round
3. Drain
4. Circle Of Stone
5. Fade Away
6. Farewell
7. Rest Easy
8. Oh Sister

Added: November 6th 2018
Reviewer: Jon Neudorf
Related Link: Band's Facebook Page
Hits: 1133
Language: english

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