ESTK’s New Self-Titled LP Was Well Worth The Wait

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Eyes Set To Kill has finally returned. The band released its sixth full-length studio recording late last month. The band’s second album for Century Media Records, this 13-song, 41-minute self-titled record is a solid new effort from the veteran independent Phoenix, Arizona-based band. That is made evident right from its outset in the pummeling opener ‘Die Trying.’ This song, which is certain to be a fan favorite if it isn’t already so, is just one of the examples of what makes this record a welcome return for the band and will be discussed shortly. ‘Never Forget,’ which throws out the old adage of forgive and forget out the window, adds even more to the album’s staying power. ‘Voices,’ which shows the band’s ability to be heavy without being heavy,’ also benefits the album’s presentation. It is not the last of the album’s key additions of course. When it is set alongside the other noted songs and the rest of the album’s body, the whole of Eyes Set To Kill proves to be a return from ESTK that was worth the wait.

Eyes Set To Kill’s recently released self-titled album, its sixth overall and second for Century Media Records, is a welcome return for the band, considering that almost five years have passed since the release of the band’s fifth album, 2013’s Masks (its first for Century Media Records). That statement is supported right from this record’s outset in the form of the powerhouse fist pumping anthem ‘Die Trying.’ This song, with it’s blatantly nu-metal musical arrangement and self-confident lyrical theme, is a solid start for the album and the band in its return. Vocalist Alexia Rodriguez sings with full confidence here, “Everyday, these voices make me question myself/Should I be somebody else/My demons are awake in me/I won’t let the pressure take over me/Ready to make my own way or die trying/I’m gonna break through the chains/Ready to make my own way or die trying/Wipe the blood off my face/I keep my head in the game or die trying/I’m gonna put up a fight/Gonna risk my own life or die trying.” She goes on to sing in the song’s second verse, “Every day’s the same/I’m getting bored of this life/Of getting by.” She goes on to follow up that statement with a reprise of the previous chorus, adding even more punch to the proud defiance of those negative thoughts and emotions. That clarity and simplicity in the song’s lyrical content leaves no doubt as to said message. It is a message of hope and personal emotional and psychological strength. When this is coupled with the song’s musical arrangement, which no doubt will have listeners proudly pumping their fists proudly as they sing along, it makes the song in whole not just a strong start for the record, but an instant hit for fans and the band. It makes the song just one clear example of why ESTK was worth the near five-year wait. ‘Never Forget’ serves just as much to show why this record is a welcome return for Eyes Set To Kill.

‘Never Forget’ is a strong addition to ESTK in part to its musical arrangement. Again, audiences get here, a decidedly nu-metal style arrangement that is certain to appeal to fans of Halestorm, Lacuna Coil, Evanescence and other similar acts. It is just one part of what makes the song stand out. The song’s lyrical content is just as important to note here as its musical arrangement. It is literally an unforgiving message being almost screamed at another person about past wrongdoings committed by said person. As Rodriguez songs here, “After all that you put me through/You’ve got what’s coming for you/What goes around comes right back again/So have a taste of your own medicine/What goes around comes right back again.Now that the table’s turned/You’ll get what you deserve/Try and take back your words/But I will never forget/Your bridges have been burned/Another lesson learned/Try and take back your words/But I will never forget.” She goes on to sing in the song’s second verse to admit she was “blind” to the events of the past in the past, but that she has grown since then and seen the reality of those situations as she reprises the song’s powerhouse chorus, reminding that subject that “what goes around comes right back again.” Some might argue against such a statement, but let’s be honest, who has never been in this subject’s shoes? This is someone who has been hurt in one way or another by someone else, and is finally seeing that person get what he or she deserved all along for said wrong doing. To that end, expressing such emotions here is truly cathartic in its ability to connect with listeners of any age and gender. Keeping this in mind, it becomes another strong addition to the album, showing even more why ESTK is a welcome return for the band and still not the last. ‘Voices’ also stands out on this record.

‘Voices’ stands out because it is so starkly different from ‘Never Forget,’ ‘Die Trying’ and so many of this record’s other offerings. Stylistically, its electronic, keyboard driven arrangement takes listeners into a deep, emotional place. There are no drums, guitars or other extraneous elements here. Rather, the drums and other elements are fully electronic. Those elements, coupled with Rodriguez’s pained vocal delivery illustrate the mixed emotions felt by someone dealing with those “voices” previously discussed in the album’s opener. It is an interesting counterpoint to that song as it shows perhaps the early stages of dealing with those voices. Considering this, its placement as the album’s penultimate track makes it even more powerful in that musical and lyrical presentation. When it is considered along with the other songs noted here and the rest of the album’s offerings, the whole of the album proves to be a record that while maybe not the band’s best work to date, still a record that is a welcome return that was worth the wait.

Eyes Set To Kill’s new self-titled full-length studio album is a work that proves over the course of its 13-song, 41-minute run time to be a work that was worth the nearly five-year wait. That is because it shows stylistic and conceptual changes in the band’s content from its previous efforts; changes that are welcome by and large. That is exhibited in the songs noted here and those not directly discussed. Considering those changes, the album in whole proves to be an album that while maybe not the band’s best, is still a strong return for the band, and in turn one that was worth the wait. It is available now in stores and online. More information on ESTK is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news at:

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Eyes Set To Kill To Join Alesana For Upcoming Tour

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Things are picking up again for Eyes Set To Kill.

The Arizona-based hard rock outfit announced Friday a new string of live dates with Alesana for its “Hero With A Thousand Faces” U.S. tour.  Eyes Set To Kill, which released its new single ‘Break’ in March, will serve as support on the tour alongside Lakeshore, Alteras and The Amatory Murder.

Eyes Set To Kill front woman Alexia Rodriguez spoke on behalf of the band, saying the band is looking forward to the tour, which begins Aug. 3 in Raleigh, N.C. and runs through Aug. 19 in Atlanta, GA.

“We’re very excited to finally tour with our friends in Alesana!,” Rodriguez said.  “This will be a great time, so be sure to come out and have fun with us if you live near any of these cities.”

Eyes Set To Kill will join the tour on its second date on Aug. 4 in Lancaster, PA.  The current schedule for the “Hero With A Thousand Faces” U.S. Tour is noted below.

 

EYES SET TO KILL – US Dates w/ Alesana

August 4th – Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
August 5th – Easton, PA @ One Center Studio
August 6th – New York, NY @ Webster Hall (Studio)
August 7th – Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theater
August 8th – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom
August 10th – Joliet, IL @ The Forge
August 11th – Iowa City, IA @ Gabe’s
August 12th – Oklahoma City, OK @ 89th Street
August 13th – Dallas, TX @ Trees
August 14th – Lubbock, TX  @ Jake’s
August 15th – San Antonio, TX @ The Rock Box
August 16th – Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
August 18th – Louisville, KY @ Trixie’s
August 19th – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade

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Eyes Set To Kill Releases New Single; Announces New Live Dates, Lineup

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Things have picked up quite a bit lately for hard rock outfit Eyes Set To Kill.

Eyes Set To Kill returned this week with a new single, a new tour announcement and a new lineup.  The band released ‘Break,’ the lead single from its next album, this week. The album is still untitled at this time.  ‘Break’ is streaming online now via Spotify and iTunes.

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The release of a new single is just some of the big news coming from the band this week.  Along with the release of its latest song, the band has also announced its new lineup and its addition to the Break Into Action tour.

The tour, which launches April 18 in Chapel Hill, NC also features the Nearly Deads and Bad Seed Rising on its lineup, and runs through May 25 in Nashville, TN.  The tour’s current schedule is noted below.

EYES SET TO KILL – Upcoming Tour Dates

w/ HAIL SAGAN
Friday, April 14th – Albuquerque, NM @ The Co-Op
Saturday, April 15th – Lubbock, TX @ Jake’s
Sunday, April 16th – Houston, TX @ Walter’s

The “Break Into Action” Tour w/Bad Seed Rising & The Nearly Deads

Tuesday, April 18th – Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
Wednesday, April 19th – Richmond, VA @ Canal Club
Thursday, April 20th – New York, NY @ Webster Hall (Studio)
Friday, April 21st – Buffalo, NY @ The Waiting Room (Studio)
Sunday, April 23rd – Toledo, OH @ Frankie’s
Tuesday, April 25th – Berwyn, IL @ The Wire
Wednesday, April 26th – Lansing, MI @ Mac’s Bar
Thursday, April 27th – Valparaiso, IN @ Big Shots
Friday, April 28th – Indianapolis, IN @ Emerson Theater
Saturday, April 29th – Grand Rapids, MI @ Pope’s Pub
Sunday, April 30th – Merriam, KS @ Aftershock
Tuesday, May 2nd – Colorado Springs, CO @ Sunshine Studios
Wednesday, May 3rd – Salt Lake City, UT @ Loading Dock
Thursday, May 4th – Reno, NV @ Jub Jub’s
Saturday, May 6th – Sacramento, CA @ Starlite Lounge
Sunday, May 7th – Fullerton, CA @ Slidebar Cafe
Monday, May 8th – West Hollywood, CA @ Whisky A Go Go
Tuesday, May 9th – Phoenix, AZ @ Club Red
Thursday, May 11th Oklahoma City, OK @ 89th Street Collective
Saturday, May 13th – Newport, KY @ Thompson House
Sunday, May 14th – Pittsburgh, PA @ Diesel
Tuesday, May 16th – Cleveland, OH @ The Agora Ballroom
Thursday, May 18th – Lowell, MA @ Mill City Ballroom
Friday, May 19th – Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
Saturday, May 20th – Williamsport, PA @ Ground Floor 2.0*
Sunday, May 21st – Trenton, NJ @ The Backstage*
Thursday, May 25th – Nashville, TN @ Rocketown*

The band’s new lineup announcement includes the addition of Tiaday Ball (The World Over) as its new bassist and touring guitarist A.J. Bartholomew as an official member.  More information on ‘Break,’ ESTK’s new album, tour, latest news and more is available online now at:

 

 

 

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Eyes Set To Kill Announces Fall Tour Schedule

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The members of Eyes Set To Kill announced the details of a new upcoming tour this week.

Eyes Set To Kill will launch the “Little Liar” tour this fall. The tour begins Saturday, October 4th in Beckly, West Virginia.  The band’s current tour sees it performing eleven dates from October 4th to Wednesday, October 15th.  Two of those dates are in North Carolina.  The first of the band’s North Carolina dates is Tuesday, October 7th at Ziggy’s in Wilmington.  The second of the band’s dates in North Carolina is the next night, Wednesday, October8th at Amos Southend in Charlotte.

Along with its schedule, the members of Eyes Set To Kill also announced that it would not be alone on this tour.  The band will be joined by Providence, Rhode Island’s Scare Don’t Fear for the length of the tour as a support act.  The band is currently touring alongside Nonpoint, which is currently touring in support of its upcoming album The Return, which is due in stores Tuesday, September 30th in North America.  Eyes Set To Kill’s current tour schedule is listed below.

AUGUST

15 – Hartford, CT @ The Webster

16 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium

17 – Portland, ME @ The Asylum

18 – Trenton, NJ @ The Backstage at Championship Bar

19 – New York, Ny @ Webster Hall

21 – Lansing, MI @ The Loft

22 – Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s

23 – Denver, CO @ Marquis

24 – Grand Junction, CO @ Mesa Theater

SEPTEMBER

13 – Sacramento, CA @ Discovery Park (Aftershock Festival)

16 – Waterloo, IA @ Spicoli’s (w/ Nonpoint)

18 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection (w/ Nonpoint)

19 – Cherry Valley, IL @ Take 20 (headline with Righteous Vendetta)

20 – Dayton, OH @ Oddbody’s Music Room (w/ Nonpoint)

21 – Erie, PA @ BT Theater (w/ Nonpoint)

23 – Fostoria, OH @ The New West (w/ Nonpoint)

24 – Pontiac, IL @ Freksters Roadhouse (w/ Nonpoint)

25 – Chesterfield, MI @ Diesel Concert Lounge (w/ Nonpoint)

26 – Libertyville, IL @ Austins (w/ Nonpoint)

27 – Ringle, WI @ Q And Z Expo Center (w/ Nonpoint)

28 – Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Hall (w/ Nonpoint)

30 – LaCrosse, WI @ The Cavalier Theater (w/ Nonpoint)

OCTOBER

01 – Mishawaka, IN @ Smith’s Downtown (w/ Nonpoint)

02 – Macomb, IL @ The Forum Live (w/ Nonpoint)

03 – Battle Creek, MI @ Planet Rock (w/ Nonpoint)

OCTOBER – LITTLE LIAR TOUR:

04 – Beckly, WV @ Muncheez (with Scare Don’t Fear)

06 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Shakas (with Scare Don’t Fear)

07 – Wilmington, NC @ Ziggy’s (with Scare Don’t Fear)

08 – Charlotte, NC @ Amos Southend (with Scare Don’t Fear)

09 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade (with Scare Don’t Fear)

10 – Orlando, FL @ Bombshells (with Scare Don’t Fear)

11 – St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre (with Scare Don’t Fear)

12 – Tallahassee, FL @ Atmosphere (with Scare Don’t Fear)

13 – Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbits (with Scare Don’t Fear)

14 – Destin, FL @ Club LA (with Scare Don’t Fear)

15 – Bossier City, LA @ Back to Back (with Scare Don’t Fear)

 

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Gus G.’s Solo Debut A Record That Every Rock Purist Should Hear

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Guitarist Gus G.’s solo debut I Am The Fire is an album that any hard rock and rock purist must hear at least once in 2014.  This record exhibits elements of the award-winning guitarist’s entire career over the course of its dozen total tracks.  From more modern sounding material similar to the likes of Three Days Grace to older classic Iron Maiden style shredding to anything in between, G. (a.k.a. Kostas Karamitroudis) offers his listeners a musical melting pot on this record.  Add in guest appearances from fellow greats such as Billy Sheehan and David Ellefson among many others, and audiences get a record that more than deserves a spot on any critic’s year-end lists of the best new rock and/or hard rock records.

I Am The Fire wastes no time grabbing the attention of its audiences.  That is exhibited in the album’s opener, ‘My Will Be Done.’  The song’s first few bars hint at what’s about to come before it really launches with its full, driving energy.  And the vocals of singer Mats Leven (Therion, Krux, Candlemass) add even more of a punch to the song.  Leven sings against G.’s full throttle guitar work, “I hit the gas out on the road/And I don’t care about tomorrow/I see the places that you don’t/I will command and you will follow.”  Those first few lines are classic rock anthem in every sense of the term.  And they perfectly complement the song’s energy.  They exude the attitude and energy of so many classic anthems that have come before.   Leven goes on in the song’s chorus singing, “Why not get on it/Life depends on it/I’m gonna survive /I felt your disgust/In myself I trust/I am right/You are wrong/My will be done.”  That presents even more of that defiant, self-assured attitude exhibited in so many far more classic rock songs.  And it doesn’t stop there, either as listeners will hear throughout the song’s remaining verses.  Having that attitude and energy exhibited so expertly throughout this  song makes ‘My Will Be Done’ the perfect choice with which to open I Am The Fire.

The classic rock and roll attitude and energy crafted and released in the opener of I Am The Fire made that song the perfect choice with which to open the album.  Just as welcome an addition to this album is the first of the album’s two instrumental tracks, ‘Vengeance.’  Coming less than halfway through the album, Gus G. really gets the chance to shine in this track.  Audiences can take their pick in terms of comparisons.  The veteran guitarist shows why he is more than deserving of having his name next to any number of other guitar greats.  He shows just as much why he was the obvious choice to take over guitar duties for Ozzy Osbourne on his 2010 album Scream.  Audiences will especially enjoy this song because it bridges so well, the classic shredding style of so many veteran guitarists and that of more modern rock.  It is one more well-chosen addition to the record as a whole.

For all of the intense energy contained throughout the songs on I Am The Fire, Gus G. does give listeners some more pulled back moments, too.  Case in point: ‘Long Way Down.’  Eyes Set To Kill vocalist Alexia Rodriguez handles vocal duties on this far deeper and emotional song.  If one were to hear this song without knowing Rodriguez was handling vocal duties, one would almost swear it was Evanesence singer Amy Lee with Gus G. and the rest of the musicians on hand for the song sounding like the rest of Evanesence.  She does quite the job of capturing the song’s emotion as she sings, “Nobody’s perfect/Is it really worth it/To let this go to waste/Just let me break away/Break away/Release my tension/Nothing left between the ledge and the ground/Take away/Take away/My regression/I’m on the edge/Another step/It’s a long way down.”  Obviously, these lyrics are meant in an entirely metaphorical sense.  She’s not actually singing about a subject jumping to one’s own death.  Most people likely would already know this.  But sadly, there are those that take things far too seriously even today.  So it necessitates that being pointed out.  The lyrics, it would seem, are meant to illustrate one’s own personal inner turmoil and how that turmoil is ripping said subject apart inside.  Yes, it’s a standard lyrical topic.  But the manner in which Rodriguez and Karamitroudis capture the song’s emotion is what makes it well worth the listen.  It is of course just one more of so many songs on I Am The Fire that makes this album one that every rock and hard rock purist should experience at least once before 2014 ends.  Gus G.’s European fans will get to hear his new music live as he kicks off his “”Unity 1” tour tomorrow, March 7th with Uli Jon Roth, Jorn Lande and Mats Leven.  The six-date tour begins in Kerkyra, Greece tomorrow and winds down in Athens next Wednesday, March 12th in Athens, Greece.

The “Unity 1” tour winds down a little less than a week before the release of I Am The Fire.  Fans don’t have to wait to get the album, though.  It can be pre-ordered online now via Century Media’s online store at  http://www.centurymedia.com/artist.aspx?IdArtist=715.  Fans can get more information on I Am The Fire, tour dates and more online at http://www.gusgofficial.com and http://www.facebook.com/officialgusg.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Gus G. Debuts EPK Ahead Of New Single, Album Release

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Ozzy Osbourne guitarist and Firewind front man Gus G. will release his debut solo album this Spring.  I Am The Fire is scheduled to be released March 18th in the United States.  It will be released March 17th in Europe.  It will be released worldwide via Century Media Records.  Before he releases his debut, Gus G. has released a brand new EPK that offers audiences a look inside the making of the album.  Fans can check out the new EPK online now via YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJd38EoTLkA&feature=youtu.be.

The album’s title track is impacting radio now.  It is currently playing on Sirius RadioXM Octane.  It will be added to mainstream radio stations’ playlists beginning next Tuesday, February 18th.  It features the members of hard rock band Devour The Day as special guests.  It will go on sale digitally via iTunes February 25th.  The track listing for I Am The Fire is listed below.

        ‘I AM THE FIRE’ TRACK LISTING:

  1. My Will Be Done (feat. Mats Levén)
  2. Blame It On Me (feat. Mats Levén)
  3. I Am The Fire (feat. Devour The Day)
  4. Vengeance (feat. David Ellefson)
  5. Long Way Down (feat. Alexia Rodriguez)
  6. Just Can’t Let Go (feat. Jacob Bunton)
  7. Terrified (feat. Billy Sheehan)
  8. Eyes Wide Open (feat. Mats Levén)
  9. Redemption (feat. Michael Starr)
  10. Summer Days (feat. Jeff Scott Soto)
  11. Dreamkeeper (feat. Tom S. Englund)
  12. End Of The Line (feat. Mats Levén)

Gus G. handled all guitar, bass, and keyboard parts on his solo debut.  Brought along for the record were drummers Jeff Friedl (A Perfect Circle, Puscifer, Devo) and, Daniel Erlandsson (Arch Enemy) bassists David Ellefson (Megadeth), Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big, David Lee Roth), and Marty O’Brien (Tommy Lee, We Are The Fallen), and vocalists Mats Leven (Candlemass, ex-Yngwie Malmstein/Therion), Blake Allison (Devour The Day), Michael Starr (Steel Panther), Alexia Rodriguez (Eyes Set To Kill),Tom S. Englund (Evergrey), Jacob Bunton (Adler) and Jeff Scott Soto (Trans-Siberian Orchestra, ex-Journey).  The album was produced by Jay Ruston (Stone Sour, Anthrax, Steel Panther).

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ESTK’s Latest LP Could Be The Band’s Breakout Record

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Arizona based metalcore band Eyes Set to Kill released its latest full length album back in September.  Masks is not the band’s first album.  But it is the first for the band on its new home, Century Media Records.  And it is more proof of why Century Media has gradually become the rightful leading label in the rock community.  The band’s new album is so impressive because it actually stands out among the far too overcrowded metalcore field.  One listen through Masks reveals Eyes Set To Kill to present a sound that fuses elements of Lacuna Coil, Kittie, and even Evanescence to a lesser degree in terms of its sound.  Lyrically, the songs collected for this album come across as having come from a very personal place.  That mix of personal lyrics and equally powerful music make the band’s latest effort one that every member of the Metal Nation worldwide should hear at least once.

Masks is not the first album from Eyes Set To Kill.  But for those that might be new to this Arizona based band’s music, it is an excellent introduction.  Singer Alexia Rodriguez noted of the title to the band’s new album that it was the result of essentially feeling fake.  She said of dealing with certain people through the band’s history, ”I felt like we were wearing a bunch of masks to impress people. At one point, I had a bit of a revelation. We have gone through so many changes over the years, but it wasn’t about anybody else. It was about us – we’ve really found the band’s face at this point. We aren’t wearing masks anymore.”  She couldn’t be more right.  Her response to those people is made clear on this album’s opener/title track.  The song clocks in at less than two minutes.  In that short time, she throws no punches, singing, “I love the ways they tell us/This is who you should be/We put our faces on/Just like a mask/While they’re trying to make a fool out of me.”  Sadly, this is the case with so many record labels out there even today.  They are controlled by people that are more concerned with the bottom line than actually helping bands and artists develop their talent.  Her response is exactly what so many other bands have felt as far as memory serves.  Making the song even better is the fact that she didn’t just go the classless route and put any one person or label on blast.  She just made a blanket statement that still expressed what she and her band mates felt.  The manner in which the song starts off, eventually building to its peak makes the combination of music and lyrics hit even harder.

As short as it is, the title track from Eyes Set To Kill’s new album is a proper way to open the album.  It’s just one of the songs that listeners will find enjoyable.  Audiences that might be new to the music of Eyes Set To Kill will find that singer Alexis Rodriguez shares vocal duties with fellow band mate Cisko Miranda throughout the band’s new record.  The side-by-side of the two vocalists’ talents is certain to draw comparisons to certain other bands.  Yet the pairing still manages to help make the band’s music stand out at the same time.  One example of how the duo’s vocal pairing stands out comes early on in the album’s third track, ‘Lost and Forgotten.’  Miranda handles the song’s verses while he and Rodriguez share vocal duties in the song’s chorus.  Miranda exhibits quite the power in his vocals as he screams, “We are the scum of the Earth/The voice in the crowd/Of a thousand mouths/The ones who fight on/Because we’ll always fight on/Oh, we’ll never back down.”  That opening verse leaves no room for interpretation.  The song itself is a no nonsense, fist-pumping anthem much along the lines of Slipknot’s ‘Pulse of the Maggots’ or certain songs from Disturbed and other hard rock acts.  That is to say it is similar to those pieces in terms of its defiant lyrics.  It serves to carry on the long-standing tradition of hard rock bands flipping the proverbial bird to those that would look down their noses at the metal minions around the world.  For that fact alone, and for its equally impressive musical side, this song becomes another highlight to ESTK’s new album.

‘Lost and Forgotten’ is easily one of the best of the best from ESTK’s new record.  It should be emphasized here that it’s just one of the album’s highpoints.  There are so many songs from which listeners will find to call their favorite(s).  This critic will provide just one more song as another of that mass of high points offered in this record.  That song is ‘Infected.’  This song lyrically seems to come from a personal place, as with many of the album’s works.  Rodriguez sings on this song, “How does it feel on the outside/Looking inside/Till you feel rejected/I watch you to see what it looks like/On the inside/You’re the one infected.”  She goes on to sing with just as much anger, “Now/Now I feel ambitious/I’m giving away/Giving away your secrets/Just to watch you burn!”  This is a very telling verse.  There were obviously some hurt feelings by someone when these lines were written.  And set against the driving guitars and drums of her band mates, it would be no exaggeration to say that given the proper support, it could easily help to spread Eyes Set To Kill to the mainstream masses.  Those wanting to hear those other songs can do so now.  Masks is available in stores and online now.  It can be ordered direct from the Century Media Records store at http://www.cmdistro.com/Item/Eyes_Set_To_Kill_-_Masks_-PRE-ORDER-/46364?Aff=cus.  After ordering or buying the album, fans can find out about the band’s latest tour dates and news online at http://www.facebook.com/eyessettokill.  And to keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.