The fact that the band can go and do a breakdown that is similar to a video gameâ€™s music (likely, Tetris) and not lose anything in the way of momentum is a further testament to the bandâ€™s ability. The band sticks with the tracks on â€œWhat We See When We Shut Our Eyesâ€ for a considerable amount of time; where most bands would bail out well before the four, five, or six minute mark, it is a common occurrence for With Passion to go that long. The band is saved from a mediocre album because of the interesting instrumentation that is abound on this album. With a number of different sounding sections on this album, the band can afford to go with longer tracks and fuller sounds.
When the band decides to go more along the lines of the vocals, as is the case with â€œThrough the Smoke Lies A Pathâ€, the results are a little less convincing. The rich instrumentation that fueled â€œPale Horses Rideâ€ disappears as it is forced into a narrow band by the similarly limited vocals on the track. For subsequent tracks, it is necessary for With Passion to go forth and allow the instrumentation to do their own thing. To focus all efforts around the vocals will only lead to fail; the title track breaks the instruments partially free from the vocals, but there needs to be more of a split between the two for the band to truly succeed with â€œWhat We See When We Shut Our Eyesâ€. The instrumental track â€œTriumph Over Tragedyâ€ brings the focus back to the instrumentation; this re-focus of the bandâ€™s abilities changes the album slightly. It still seems as if the band tries to subjugate the instruments too much to the vocals; subsequent albums should go and reduce this reliance.
Top Tracks: Triumph Over Tragedy, Forgotten Amongst Screams