Finland’s melodic death metal horde Among the Prey consists of musicians from various bands including Thunderstone, Agonizer and Before the Dawn. The band came to fruition in 2013 and already sound like a force to contend with from the sounds of their album One For the Blinded Eyes.
While the band is not entirely original and sound a little like the cookie cutter bands out there, they have an extra edge to them making them original enough to warrant some attention. Iiro Kuntsi’s gritty vocals are very strong and the guitar tandem of Kuntsi and Joni Laine is pinpoint sharp. The battery of the band holds things down nicely with Atte Palokangas’s drums adding just enough flair to make them stand out without overpowering the rest of the instruments. Toni Keskinen’s bass is the perfect compliment to the band as well.
“Smile” is a solid opening track announcing the album in a fierce way to the listener. The opening riff pounds the listener and the track lets relents throughout its entire run-time. There are some seriously good riffs splashed in throughout this one.
“Beyond Repair” is another solid song with an absolutely crushing ending with the twin guitar attack. The title track, “One For the Blinded Eyes,” assaults the listener once again without even an apology. “Burning Down in Hell” is one of the more melodic songs on the album and becomes one of the more memorable ones as well.
I could go on and on about how crushing the album is, but the album is just a very nice listen. Among the Prey is doing something special that needs to be noticed. They are more than simply some heavy tracks with a vocalist that wants to sound like everyone else. They are a strong band doing something a little special, so take note.
Among the Prey Line-up
Iiro Kuntsi – vocals and guitar
Atte Palokangas – drums
Joni Laine – guitar
Toni Keskinen – bass