I came to a realization as I approached this review of Prophecies and Lies, the third album by North Carolina’s Demon Eye. I tend to navigate towards one of two directions when it comes to music. Either I grab onto something fresh, exciting, and genre-pushing, or I flock to well-worn sounds that are performed with such conviction, talent, and pizzazz that it makes me overlook that yes, I have heard this a million times before. Prophecies and Lies comfortably falls into the latter category, generating a sound that recalls the glory years of the 70s. But if you’re anything like me, first of all, clean your room, and second, you’re probably sick to death of bands aping the retro-doom sound making its rounds among the underground. The music’s gotta be something special for me to pay attention and give it my time.

Thankfully, Prophecies and Lies is that something special. Demon Eye borrows a bit from the Sabbath Cookbook of Riffs & Rhythms. But while their contemporaries just follow the recipe to a T, Demon Eye marinate that particular duck with some needed helpings of energy and a little bit of boogie. Opener “The Waters and the Wild” possesses a main riff that sounds more than a little inspired by Heart‘s “Barracuda,” but pepped up by an energetic performance by drummer Bill Eagen. The riffing of Erik Sugg and Larry Burlison is tightened just enough to allow some groove and flow to dribble out. Sugg’s voice also separates the band from their contemporaries, sounding like a cross between Bobby Liebling and a ridiculously young Geddy Lee. Already, the album is off to a promising start.

As I soldier on towards the album’s end, I braced myself for that one thing that kills retro-doom albums dead in their tracks, and that’s complacency. Again, it’s not to be found here, as the album actually picks up steam in the middle. “Dying For It” could pass as a heavier Mötley Crüe tune1, with Sugg picking up some of Vince Neil’s vocal inflections. Elsewhere, “Power of One” drives with some powerful riffs and one hell of a sweet chorus. But the crowning achievement for Best Hooks & Groove goes to standout track “Vagabond,” recalling some potent Deep Purple at their “Hush”-est, with a sick breakdown section by Eagen and bassist Paul Walz before Burlison rips a short but sweet solo. Also, cowbell. Lots and lots of well-placed, boogie-inducing cowbell.


Retaining that old-school warmth, Corrosion of Conformity‘s Mike Dean commendably produced Prophecies and Lies, giving the guitars and bass a warm, almost analog feel. Sadly, the drums do sound a bit muffled and the cymbals possess some distortion, but overall sound great, despite the lack of dynamics. One major qualm is the album drags by the time the last two songs arrive. The spoken word that carries the title track could have been omitted, giving the song a much stronger vibe. As it stands, it took some much-needed energy away from the otherwise enjoyable closer, “Morning’s Son.”

With so many bands reaching backwards in hopes for something new, it’s refreshing when a band actually accomplishes that goal simply by injecting their own energy into a well-worn mix. Demon Eye crafted a solid, energetic slab of groove with Prophecies and Lies, and it’s a sound that’s sure to worm its way into your eardrums, like it did mine. Give in to the flow, peeps.


Rating: 3.5/5.0
DR: 5 | Format Reviewed: 320 kbps mp3
Label: Soulseller Records
Websites: demoneye.bandcamp.com | facebook.com/demoneyenc
Release Dates: EU: 2017.08.11 | NA: 09.08.2017

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  • HeavyMetalHamster

    Could this be the first rung in the ladder to lead me up from my pit of despair?

    Good review btw

    • Master of Muppets

      Motion for merriment denied, go sit in the corner and listen to Katatonia.
      There will be no happiness!

      • HeavyMetalHamster

        You are a harsh Master…….

        • Master of Muppets

          What don’t kill ya make ya mo’ strong!

      • HeavyMetalHamster
      • HeavyMetalHamster

        The 11th anniversary edition of Last Fair Deal, ironically, is spinning as we speak…..or in my case, mutter shakingly into my tear stained hands.

        • Master of Muppets

          You’ve suffered enough. I submit the following bands as routes to wander away from your weeping:

          Green Druid
          Hashshashin
          Noneuclid
          Orwell
          Nexul
          Pillorian
          Pillorian
          Pillorian
          Pillorian

          If you’re still somehow seeped in sadness after these, maybe check out Pillorian.

          • HeavyMetalHamster

            Sweet!

          • HeavyMetalHamster

            So I checked out all but Pillorian. ….jk….Pillorian is great!
            Remind me of Tribulation.

          • Master of Muppets

            With Agalloch being all past-tense, Pillorian are making life liveable again. Haughm sounds fantastic and sincere, and their more aggressive take on black metal is very welcome in my book.

          • HeavyMetalHamster

            Truth be told I never got into Agalloch……I think I was late to the party. I’m not huge into BM unless the songwriting is accessible. ….so far this sounds great.
            There’s a dude on Bandcamp who REALLY likes them lol

          • Master of Muppets

            That guy’s the man, and I want to be just like him when I grow up.

          • HeavyMetalHamster

            What album do you recommend as a introduction to Agalloch?

          • The Mantle.

          • HeavyMetalHamster

            Yeah that seems to be the consensus among most….I’ll give it a go.
            Really enjoying the Pillorian album.
            Thanks!

          • Master of Muppets

            Marrow of the Spirit is my favorite, but they never made anything bad. The Serpent and the Sphere is kind of boring if you already know the band well, but even that ain’t a bad little album. “Falling Snow” is what hooked me, though, and if that does nothing for you then you probably just aren’t into Agalloch.

          • HeavyMetalHamster

            Ok thanks.

          • John Mosley

            I want new music from Noneuclid.

          • Master of Muppets

            Where they’re basically new/good Metallica to me, I’m just happy that they have anything.

  • Choodi

    Great cover art. I love when a band chooses colours that are a little outside the ordinary.

  • Eli Valcik

    I fucking love this

  • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

    I love Mötley Crüe!

    • Bas

      You’re kidding aren’t you….

      • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

        I am not kidding, I’m serious as a heart attack! I love Mötley Crüe’s first five albums. After Dr. Feelgood they might as well have stopped recording and releasing new music.

        • Matt slatz

          Couldn’t agree more Juan,. Saw them on their *cough cough* final tour. 25 k people singing Vince’s ‘s parts. Lol. Awesome

  • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

    It’s not “Barricuda” it’s “Barracuda”

    • Grymm

      Whoops! Fixed, and thank you!

  • GardensTale

    Is that the Disturbed mascot under the cloak?

    • TheCurlyMetalhead

      Hahahahha, I can’t unsee it now, it really looks like it.

    • Grymm

      Fuck, it really does look like him.

      …Her.

      …It.

  • Grimstrider

    I was digging it right up until dude started doing whatever that nasally whine thing was – singing? – and I noped right the fuck out.

    • Bas

      Dude, this is nothing. Don’t listen to early Rush. This just has a small hint of Geddy Lee’s nasal singing…

      • Grimstrider

        Oh, I know. The one thing that keeps me from enjoying most prog is the nasal/adenoidal vox that seem to be standard issue for some damn reason. The only vox that annoy me more is power metal shrieking and the nasal twanging of country & western “music” (scare quotes very much used on purpose).

        • sir_c

          …and combine the latter with some folky line dancing act…

          • Grimstrider

            THE VERY STUFF OF NIGHTMARES.

  • Ta2dlam

    Ooooh, nice. I, too, have grown overly weary of the retro-doom. I was a bit worried when the Geddy Lee/Bobby Leibling names were dropped but the vocals are great. I get a bit of the same vocal production sound Glenn used for the Kinghorse vocals…sans the overdone vowel exaggeration.