Reading like a Who’s Who of the Massachusetts Metal Scene, Death Ray Vision is a side-project featuring members of New Wave Of American Heavy Metal stalwarts Shadow’s Fall and Massachusetts metalcore titans Killswitch Engage, alongside ex-members of Overcast and Cannae, bands that have, at some point featured members of KSE and Shadow’s Fall. It’s all fairly incestuous and, clocking in with a running time a few seconds shy of fifteen minutes, is clearly nothing more than a bunch of mates getting together to knock out a few tunes.
Tipping their cap to the metallic hardcore scene, the sound Death Ray Vision peddle on this five-track affair is decidedly old-school with hints of hardcore, mixing it up with a bit of old-school Slayer and a touch of traditional thrash metal. It’s fairly generic stuff and there is nothing particularly memorable about the raw, raucous thrashings churned out by the band, so whether you’re going to get this or not depends entirely on how much of a completist you are for anything by any of the bands involved. Don’t get me wrong, there is no doubting the musical pedigree behind the likes of “Not For Glory” but, at the end of the day, the whole point of the metallic hardcore sound was that it was fairly raw, fairly gritty and not particularly polished. On that score, this five-track EP delivers the goods, but if you’re expecting a humongous-sounding collaboration then you’re going to be sorely disappointed.
And there you have it really. Five tracks, fifteen minutes of rehearsal room thrashing about by a project that is probably never going to amount to anything more than the odd EP like this and the odd pissed-up gig in their home town during day job down time.
01. Shattered Frames
02. Get Lost Or Get Dead
03. Not For Glory
04. Chainsaw Of Bees
05. Drown The Light
Run Time: 14:21
Release Date: May 14, 2013
Check out the album ‘Get Lost Or Get Dead’