New York-based heavy metal band DAMN YOUR EYES recently announced the release of their upcoming debut full-length album, Kill The Outside, out via digital retailers everywhere on August 2, 2019. The album will be available in physical CD and vinyl formats upon release date. Digital pre-orders are available now via iTunes and Apple Music.
Following up on last week’s release of their headbang-inducing “Ascension” music video, DAMN YOUR EYES revealed more new content this week in the form of a mini studio documentary featuring exclusive behind-the-scenes footage. The video acts as a window into the band’s commencement, about to blossom, resting on the edge of a bright future. As with the “Ascension” video, the mini documentary was directed by Tom Flynn. Watch here.
In the video, producer John Iadevaio says about working on Kill The Outside, “I really was trying to capture as much as I could… I was trying to keep it a little more raw. A lot of the production was done with [the band] playing live… we didn’t sit there punching every little drum fill.”
Drummer Rick Taiano mentions, “When it comes to making music, we’re all pointed in the same direction, and that’s why we all believe in the project and we all think there’s something special here.”
DAMN YOUR EYES may seem new to the scene, but they are anything but green. The band – formed by former members of We Are The Enemy and Bonesmith, plus a current member of Black Water Rising – came together in 2015 and immediately hit the ground running. As respected musicians in their local scene with extensive recording experience, the band quickly recorded an EP, released it to local acclaim, and rapidly returned to the studio to record Kill The Outside.
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 (read: good) Machine Head.”
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 says, “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.