The South may rise again as the saying goes, but this time it is happening in Manchester England of all places. With their release of the EP Drinkin From The Hourglass, eySaw has entered the realm that was once ruled by the likes of Pantera and Corrosion of Conformity. These three lads (adding bassist Mark after recording this disc) may well lead the second British Invasion of music if this CD is any indication. They have captured the southern metal feel as well as any beer drinkers and hell raisers here in the old USA.
This four song EP features some very gutsy guitar playing that comes through even with the murky production of the disc. On the songs such as the title track "Drinkin From The Hourglass" and "Edge of the War", it is clear that they have achieved, as they put it; "honest sludge metal for the working class". The song "Doomslodge" suffers from the lack of proper studio facilities but still gives you a taste of what the band can accomplish if given the proper tools. The final track called "Low" has a much crisper sound then the rest of the disc, and it sounds as if it may have been recorded at a different time or place. It gives you a much better idea of just what this new band may be capable of in the future.
Lead singer Nick, who can go from a growl to a scream in a heartbeat, must have some 'bama roots as he brings a distinct confederate feel to his vocals. Somehow I get the feeling he would be more at home with a plate of fried chicken and grits than the fish and chips of his homeland.
All in all, this is a strong beginning for a band that has the potential to do some serious damage to the metal market.
The music on this disc earns a four star rating. The poor production values are what bring the overall rating down. It is still worth a listen if only to see what we might get from them in the future.
1. Drinkin From The Hourglass
2. Edge Of The War