The moment when Rusty Eye bring it all together: technically challenging, progressive metal with a uniquely punk-informed rockin' spirit.
With Mr Rust now joined by guitarist Baron Murtland and vocalist / drummer Miss Randall, Rusty Eye are at last able to deliver an album which essentially defines them as a band. In a way, if 2009's Possessor is Rusty Eye's Master Of Puppets, then Stendhal Syndrome is their Ride The Lightning - it's that important. The album's appeal is wide ranging as the band pull in aspects of '70s rock, punk, prog, doom and thrash. In lesser hands, such a blend could be a real mess, but Rusty Eye weave the various musical strands together like master craftsmen. The duality of the vocals - courtesy of Mr Rust and Miss Randall - add a cinematic / dramatic quality to the songs, which befits tunes like the seminal 'Mr Cannibal'. But just when you've got Rusty Eye sussed, they pull the rug from under your feet - effortlessly seguing from intricate jazz-inspired instrumental passages into razor-sharp riff assaults into head-noddingly appreciable grooves. And that is exactly what makes this album so damn enjoyable!
By Calum Harvie
Zero Tolerance Magazine (UK)