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Album Review

There is no shortage of metal-related bands that offer a "Beauty and the Beast" approach when it comes to juxtaposing female vocals and male vocals. Many of them are European bands that blend goth metal with either death metal or black metal; "Beauty" is often a female lead singer with an ethereal, decidedly goth vocal style, while "the Beast" might favor either death metal's Cookie Monster growl or black metal's sinister rasp. But Eyes Set to Kill put a different spin on the "Beauty and the Beast" school of metal; on The World Outside, the clean lead vocals (or "Beauty" vocals) of Alexia Rodriguez are contrasted with the "Beast" vocals of keyboardist Brandon Anderson, who offers neither a death metal growl nor a black metal rasp but, rather, abrasive screaming of the metalcore/hardcore/screamo variety. Eyes Set to Kill are refreshingly original; their sound combines alternative metal, screamo, and metalcore elements with a strong appreciation of the goth-influenced Evanescence. Rodriguez has obviously been affected by Evanescence leader Amy Lee's poetic angst and melancholy introspection, although some of Rodriguez's vocal phrasing sounds a bit like Gwen Stefani. The pop/rock qualities in Rodriguez's singing might have been a problem if Eyes Set to Kill were only interested in ultra-vicious sensory assault, but Rodriguez and her Phoenix-based colleagues were obviously going for something much more nuanced — and they do a good job of balancing the aggressive and the melodic. This 2009 release won't appeal to metalcore purists, but then, it wasn't designed for metalcore purists any more than it was meant to be a carbon copy of the all-male screamo bands that flooded the market in the 2000s. Eyes Set to Kill's take on the "Beauty and the Beast" concept works enjoyably well for them on The World Outside.

Customer Reviews

itunes, you are wrong :\

not pop not pop not pop not pop

Not their best

This album only had 3 songs I could listen to and enjoy, Deadly Weapons, Come Home, and Wake Me Up.
Craig Mabbit and the piano outro with only Alexia's vocals saved the album from being a trainwreck. It just doesn't have that catchy factor that Reach had with songs like Violent Kiss and Sketch in Black and White, or the aggression that Broken Frames brings.

But the biggest thing that turned me off this album was the layered screams, they sounded like garbage and he was much better in Reach when his vocal chords weren't injured. So I give him some slack there.

ESTK is an amazing band but this album was a disappointment and I'd highly recommend getting Reach or Broken Frames (which features a new screamer who is sick) instead.


well i didnt really like their old stuff like "darling" at all. i thought it was wayy too screamo. but then when this album came out, i loved it. its a different style, more alternative metal than mostly screamo. i mean i like screamo, but not too much. my fav songs are hourglass, deadly weapons, the world outside, march of the dead, wake me up, risen, and her eyes hold the apocalypse. u have to buy this.


Formed: 2004 in Tempe, AZ

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Formed in 2004 by sisters Alexia and Anissa Rodriguez, Arizona's Eyes Set to Kill set out to create their own take on the screamo genre. To fill out the lineup, vocalist and guitarist Alexia Rodriguez and bassist Anissa Rodriguez recruited vocalist and synth player Brandon Anderson, guitarist Greg Kerwin, and drummer Caleb Clifton. The group combines the driving emotion of Thursday and Thrice with technical hardcore reminiscent of Walls of Jericho and Poison the Well. The result is a fusion of the...
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