Immediately upon seeing the cover for DEITY’S MUSE’s The Eyes Don’t See What the Heart Bleeds, i was intrigued and in awe. A man in a ragged coat grows from a tree stump and spews locusts from his mouth to the sky. Along with Agroâ€™s Forthcoming, itâ€™s was one of the best South African designs i’d seen when it came out in 2006. It raised expectations, probably unrealistically, on the music. But the band delivered in a big way.
The inclusion of melody is a token nod to commercial accessibility but this is mostly DEITYâ€™S MUSE doing it their way. Themes are entirely grounded in the failings and hopes of humanity. The lyrics read as dark poetry with the instruments its ravaged soundtrack. â€œDonâ€™t fall asleep, you might miss the end,â€ are the opening words for â€˜This Broken Scarâ€™. Itâ€™s an absolute scorcher and entirely representative of the album’s best qualities. â€˜The Coldest Dayâ€™ lowers the tempo so that the vocals of Wayne Boucher shine through, emphasizing loss and desperation. â€˜Dead Locustsâ€™ takes the change one big step further on the legs of a violin. Itâ€™s this type of experimenting that gives the band reinvention and a chance at grabbing the attention of new fans. The extra screams are also embraced.
DEITYâ€™S MUSE have raised the rock â€˜n roll stakes and become a prince of the underground. If i had to make any comparison, iâ€™d say that The Eyes Donâ€™t See What the Heart Bleeds is a must for fans of Alice in Chains.