NO MANS EYES - HOLLOW MAN (Mighty Music)
(Review by Patrick De Sloover)
When the band Graveyard Ghost disbanded, guitar player Andrew Spane focused on starting a new band with drummer Michele Pintus (Mechanical God Creation). Their quest for new members resulted in recruiting Fabio Carmotti (vocals) and Alessandro Asborno on bass. The idea was simple: creating a band that has a dark sound, in the style of well-known Heavy Metal, and not to overlook: clean vocals. Musical wise, the members wanted a multi layered guitar sound and a strong rhythmic and pounding foundation. Genova is the Italian city where they started No Man Eyes around 2011, and shortly after, they are proud to present their first output ‘Hollow Man’, released by Mighty Music.
When I started the album for the first time, I was surprised and at the same time astonished when the first track “Strive” started. This very short track has only a few phrases, followed by a very interesting musical rollercoaster. This track combines heaviness with melody, starts really modest to burst out in a high-speed hurricane. Strange, almost unfinished, but apparently it was the intention to work it out this way. The title track is the next song, and this 5 minutes ‘Hollow Man’ has an interesting arrangement and gives you a good idea what the vocals of Fabio Carmotti manage. At first, I wasn’t really impressed about his vocal chords, but at this moment of writing, I have a totally different opinion. Fabio is a great singer, with an unique voice, but you will have to spent some time to get used to it.
Some tracks are sung really sensitive, others have a magisterial chorus line, but again, it will take some time to discover the beauty of it. After the title track we get ‘Isolation’, and this track is even better! Same goes for ‘Silent Weapons For Quiet Wars’, which I presume is one of the highlights on this disc! Some songs are really fast (not speed metal, but heavy metal with a good pace), others prefer a mid tempo. I also want to mention the bass lines of Alessandro Asborno who succeeds in putting his own stamp in the arrangements! This ‘Hollow Man’ was engineered, mixed and mastered by Andrew Spane at 138Studio, and the overall sound is just awesome!
Those that want an appetizer better check the title track on You Tube, and I’m sure that you will be surprised about the skills of this band. By the way, the album will be released in Europe on the 10th. of June 2013!
My rating: 80 / 100
95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & classic ones… a direct purchase is advisable !
Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan
Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it
Between 70 and 89: Decent but better to take a preview first
Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate
Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard