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  • Summary: This is the debut four-track release for black metal/post-metal project that includes Colin Stetson, Liturgy's Greg Fox, Shahzad Ismaily, and Toby Summerfield.
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
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  1. Jul 12, 2017
    90
    These musicians understand that heaviness is most effective when balanced by some light, making their debut both inventively punishing and soaring.
  2. Jul 12, 2017
    81
    This is incredibly heavy music made light (joyful, even) by the zeal and power of its players. By plowing into, through, and ultimately out of the dark, Ex Eye is an ecstatic fusion--an exhilarating exclamation of defiance, no warning required.
  3. Jul 12, 2017
    81
    There’s a disturbing core of darkness in each song that makes the album come to life, expressing hidden feelings the listener might not want to uncover.
  4. Jul 12, 2017
    80
    While the music on this self-titled offering is breathtaking in its intensity, beauty, and mystery, what's even more incomprehensible is that this quartet manages to challenge, realign, and perhaps even redefine the entire post-metal landscape in 28 short minutes. Given that, there is no excuse for every post-metal and black metal fan not to enjoy EX EYE's project.
  5. The Wire
    Aug 8, 2017
    80
    Ex Eye fuse together in a whirring blare of intricately constructed math metal, where each player can be distinctly heard weaving their individual musical craft within the group’s membrane. [Jul 2017, p.60]
  6. Jul 12, 2017
    80
    Ex Eye’s self-titled debut is an intriguing amalgam of black metal, progressive rock, minimalism, and free jazz while not sounding of a piece with any representative artist from those genres.
  7. Aug 17, 2017
    60
    There are strong post-rock and metal overtones throughout the record, but it doesn’t pigeonhole itself; the influence of minimalist music can be detected in Stetson’s playing, and the album is not short of rhythmic swagger.
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