THE EYE OF TIME - The Eye Of Time

The Eye Of Time - The Eye Of Time

20 songs
114:37 minutes
***** ***
Denovali

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Marc Euvrie used to be a part of the French hardcore scene for many years, but must have had aspirations to do some really different solo work under the name The Eye Of Time. Their first label release is this eponymous record which is released as a double-CD and, for the vinyl lovers, a triple-LP! Most of the music it contains has already been self-released, but it is safe to assume that not that many people took notice. This is why it makes perfect sense to release this body of work on this nearly two hour long package which is supposed to contain a thirty page booklet with some tremendous artwork.

I have to make do with the music alone, but that’s already enough to convince me of the dark qualities of The Eye Of Time’s sonic capacities. The compositions have not much left in common with Euvrie’s hardcore roots, except that there is an undeniable fondness for severe distortion throughout the album. With nearly two hours of material present, it’s of course hard to describe everything in a few words, but let me try anyway. There are a lot of electronic sounds, gloomy synthesizers, distorted string instruments, samples, and some tracks come with slowed down breakbeats that add a disjointed, awkward yet fitting danceablity. The variety of compositional construction makes it a challenge to get into every track with the same amount of excitement, but I am certain that all of them reveal their finesse and charm if you only give them enough of your time and attention.

The first disc contains nine songs plus and intro and outro that have been released as After Us. The first six tracks of the second disc have previously been released as Jail, while I have no such information for the last three tracks – Lily On The Valley. To be sincere, the different parts don’t sound that different to the untrained ear, but it’s still a pleasure to listen through this long double album (or triple, depending on your choice for physical support) and discover some truly standout tracks, like I Hate Your Fucking Eyes (which perfectly summarises the mix of dark atmosphere and breakbeat patterns), My Hate Is A Gun, See The Smile On My Face (like Rick Wakeman getting all wild on a spooky church organ) and Let’s Party To The Death’s Birthday! (as if The Go! Team were playing out of a crypt). There is of course much more to be discovered, but I leave that up to you.

At times the sheer amount of music is a little overwhelming, but it is also quite understandable that The Eye Of Time wanted to have all of his music released on this compilation. Fans of experimental electronica and drone should consider themselves the main target for this album.

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