New York-based heavy metal band DAMN YOUR EYES may seem new to the scene, but they are anything but green. The band was formed by former members of We Are The Enemy and Bonesmith, plus a current member of Black Water Rising, and recently announced the upcoming release of their upcoming debut full-length album, Kill The Outside.
Listen to first single Ascension
DAMN YOUR EYES isn’t about clickbait or gimmicky metal. The band performs pure American heavy music – blending influences of 90’s heavy metal with grunge, stoner metal and sludge to create a potent mixture of candid aggression. Decibel Magazine says it best: “…DAMN YOUR EYES’ style is straight ahead American metal, with nods to everyone from Down to Alice in Chains and Phil Demmel-era Machine Head.
Regarding their “Ascension” single and video, guitarist Artie Alexander says: “I wrote this song while in a revolutionary state of mind. It’s more or less about how I’m fed up with the nonsense going on in our government, and I also wanted it to parallel the feelings of the colonies – in a subtle way – that were tired of the nonsense they had to endure under British rule. Overtaxing, overspending, buying elections setting the conversation in their favor, etc. Patriots rise up against misrule. It’s about not eating the garbage the government is feeding us and doing something about it. Taking the power back to the people.”
Kill The Outside showcases a mixture of styles, making for a truly dynamic and emotive collection of tracks. In addition to the metal radio-ready “Ascension”, mellow head-bobbers like “Burn” echo grunge and stoner metal influences, while standout track “Low Road” kicks off with a Type O Negative-esque intro riff before quickly transitioning to full-on antagonistic southern groove metal. Slow and low, grooving “Dirty Viper” tells the intense and personal story of a friend who committed suicide by heroin overdose. Tracks like “Punk Fuck” kick it up a notch, while another standout track, the heartfelt “Slower”, brings the tempo down while telling the opposite story of “Dirty Viper” – an uplifting tale of wonderful results after making the decision to change oneself.
Guitarist Artie Alexander adds: “In the bed of all of these songs lies personal experiences. Experiences that every person on this planet can identify with, having either lived through them themselves or watched someone they love go through them. The album is about being human and the images seen through our eyes. Moments of anger, frustration, sorrow, loss, redemption, hope, recovery, revenge, survival and healing.”
Kill The Outside track listing:
3) Dirty Viper
4) Lions from Lambs
5) Low Road
6) Punk Fuck
8) These Are the Things
9) Through it All
10) Tree Line
Kill The Outside was recorded at Front Row Recording and produced by John Iadevaio. The album was mastered by Dan Malsch at Soundmine Recording.
DAMN YOUR EYES is sought after by Long Island and New York City area promoters and venues because of their energetic live performances! Catch DAMN YOUR EYES performing at two shows coming up – July 20 in Amityville, NY at Revolution, and August 27 in Elmhurst, NY at Blackthorn 51 with Crowbar.
DAMN YOUR EYES is:
Kenny Vincent Jr. – Lead Vocals
Artie Alexander – Guitar and Vocals
Oddie McLaughlin – Bass
Rick Taiano – Drums
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