EarSplit - EarSplit
Reviewer: Mujtaba M Badr - 2012-08-08
Highlights: Psychohead and Love Don't Matter
The Kuwaiti scene had been rapidly growing in the past couple of years, we were presented with many great bands and releases (Benevolent, Voice of The Soul, Depth and many more) and, as always, it all connected to a great guy named The Sarj. Though, the most annoying thing was: that in the past 2 years or so, almost all of these bands played from a narrow array of genres (most being from the Proggesive or Melodic Death territory). So, it was about time to have, finally, a band that does an Old-School, Heavy Metal kinda thing! That band being Eastplit.
Earsplit, in the their debut album, combines nice Heavy Metal tunes with the a sound close to that of an early, classic Iron Maiden (Ex: Biohazardous Disease and Degenerate Warlocks), while in other times embracing the Hard Rock ballad territories of Guns ‘n Roses (Ex: The Crossroad and Love Don't Matter). Big names to be compared to but seriously, Earsplit has the talent and essential elements to be something close to this, even if only in their own area. But they do, however, need to add some more original touches to their sound and launch into their own.
From a production point of view, although I love Sarj Masood's production work, I found Earplit's sound quality a bit below expectations and sounded raw and old school despite that this might satisfy some fans of the genre.
All in all, it's an enjoyable album, a great addition to the Middle Eastern scene and a band that you should keep an eye on. Expect some great stuff from them in the future.