Sometimes a band has a lineup shift and suddenly pulls it together in a big bad way. Such is the case with Eye Of The Destroyer. Their latest offering, Baptized In Pain, sees the band reach a whole new level. These New Jersey madmen have finally tightened their sound with their fusion of deathcore and slam. Consequently, their second full length marks a huge step forward. Eye Of The Destroyer doubled down on their strengths and crafted a masterwork. Baptized In Pain is sixteen tracks of pit inducing brutality.
In many ways, Baptized In Pain is pure mosh worship. It comes from the streets and it feels gritty. It's also self aware and, at times, almost comedically heavy, though that's the point—craft a deathcore record that plays into the genre’s most lovable tropes. The album's title track almost forces the listener to two-step.
The first track, "Rebirth," is a fitting introduction to Baptized In Pain. This is, after all, a new beginning for Eye Of The Destroyer. Baptized In Pain is going to entice those who might not otherwise lend an ear to moshworthy madness and make longtime fans of the genre do a double take. Deathcore is a genre that is at its best when composed with a bloodthirsty smile. That's what has happened on Baptized In Pain. Devout listeners will find themselves getting in lost in all that goes on here. It's very much a slam lover's deathcore record, but it hints at much more to come. Devastating and feasting on flesh, Baptized In Pain is a fist-pumping listen.