Eye was originally founded in Columbus, Ohio (USA) by keyboardist Lisa Bella Donna and drummer Brandon Smith. Kemado Records released their debut release "Center Of The Sun" in 2011. This was followed by the two self-released albums "Second Light" and "Live At Relay". Over the years Eye has gone through significant personal changes. The band is not only influenced by the great progressive bands of the 70's but also by a cult band like Nektar.
Brandon Smith - drums, gongs, bells, chimes, percussion, voices; Lisa Bella Donna - organ, Mellotron, 6 & 12 string guitars, ARP 2600, ARP Odyssey, ARP String ensemble, ARP & Moog sequencers, Fender Rhodes, Moog synthesizers, voices; Michael Sliclen - electric bass, upright bass, percussion,voices; Jon Finley - electric & acoustic guitars.
Amy Michelle Hoffman & Matthew Auxier - voices
“Vision and Ageless Light” consists out of the four short tracks; “Book of the Dead”, “Kill the Slavemaster”, “Searching”, “Dweller of the Twilight Void” and a long epic piece entitled “As sure as the Sun”.
The album opener “Book of the Dead” starts with the intriguing sounds of the Mellotron. Well I must say, the band has immediately my full attention. After two full minutes of music of my favorite instrument the three and a half minutes composition develops into an electronic piece with full synths and lovely melodies which are reminding me of the German band Tangerine Dream. The next piece is called “Kill the Slavemaster”. In this up-tempo composition there is more room for electric guitar solo's and hectic drum and percussion parts but the music is still keyboard dominated. This hectic piece has strong space rock influences. In “Searching” aggressive electric guitar parts are varied with melodic vocal harmonies. Halfway the composition influences of rock band like Deep Purple and Uriah Heep are shining thru the music. The last of the short tracks is called “Dweller of the Twilight Void”. The piece has nice acoustic guitars, melodic vocal parts and delicious synth and string melodies.
But the absolute highlight of this wonderful album is the long (27:11) epic “As sure as the Sun”. Acoustic guitars, lovely Mellotron pieces and delicious synth parts. After a great opening of more then four minutes this piece develops into a great epic with intensity and of great diversity. You can enjoy great guitar solo's on top of a bed of keyboard strings. This epic has also some great melodies. Halfway the space rock influences are returning and you can enjoy a drum solo of Brandon.
I did not knew the music of this American band, but I must admit that I'm surprised in a positive way. Especially with the firm keyboard firmament of Lisa Bella Donna. On top of that you can enjoy the delicate acoustic guitars, the freaky electric guitar solo's, the melodic vocal harmonies, the beautiful synth solo's and of course that lovely Mellotron. So if you like progressive rock with a strong 70's feeling and are also open to electronic music and space rock influences, I would recommend this album to you. And for all the lovers of the sounds of those real analog keyboards of the 70's ... don't miss this one ... you will love it! Highly recommended by progVisions.