Necropanther join the growing legion of killer Colorado-based metal bands with their second full-length album, Eyes of Blue Light. On new song “Good as Dead,” the band charge forward with galloping riffs and melodic leads, keeping their death metal melodic in the vein of At the Gates, Arch Enemy, In Flames and others.
Eyes of Blue Light is also based off of the acclaimed sci-fi novel Dune by Frank Herbert.
“‘Good as Dead’ talks about Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohaim’s prescient foreshadowing of Duke Leto’s downfall,” says guitarist Joe Johnson.
“One of the things we tried to accomplish on this record was to compose operatically,” he adds. “In rock and metal, ‘operatic’ usually refers to an overwrought melodic vocal style. However, what I mean here is that we tried to use different musical techniques to convey moods that would indicate specific characters and situations. With ‘Good as Dead,’ there’s a bright melody that evokes the happiness and stability of life on Caladan, while the thrashy beat and dissonant rhythm guitars drive toward the inevitable destruction ahead.”