"In Our Eye" (Renaissance Records; 2008)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

The first thing you'll likely notice with "In Our Eye" is the CD's incredible production. There is so much to be heard on this record and yet everything is very clear in the mix. This is one crisp, clean production.

Tystnaden's "In Our Eye" is modern rock with a heavy metal slant. At times, the band sounds like Evanescence or Lacuna Coil. The juxtaposition of sweet female vocals and growling, male vocals works well here. Track 4, "Fragile," is a haunting ballad in which female Laura De Luca really shines while the song builds to a nice crescendo. And then Track 5, "Born from a Wish," comes along and begins with a riff that Slipknot would be proud of.

As the album progresses, It does eventually feel like simply more and more of the same although a few tracks still manage to stand out. The faster songs seem to fare better than the slower ones.

The good news is that "In Our Eye" ends as strongly as it begins. So, despite the fact much of it sounds alike, this is still a very satisfying listen.

Tystnaden: Laura De Luca - vocals; Lorenzo Frascaroli - keyboards and growls; Cesare Codispoti - guitars; Federico Grassi - guitars; Arthur Sahakjan - bass; Alberto Iezzi - drums.

For more information, check out http://www.myspace.com/tystnaden or http://www.tystnaden.com.

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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