Released a year later than the album as a supplementary rather than promotional E.P., 'Dead Eyes See No Future' is aimed primarily at pleasing the existing fan base rather than trying to draw in newcomers, and as such makes the perfect companion piece to 'Anthems of Rebellion.' Only two songs are reproduced, the title song and a later, live version of its hit 'We Will Rise,' and the rest is made up of live material from a Paris show in 2004 and some quite unusual cover songs.
'Dead Eyes' itself is one of the more interesting and successful takes from the full-length album, despite the guitars falling a little flat as modern Arch Enemy tends to do. There's even a weird break featuring slow army drums and a mournful cello that doesn't really fit in, but as a slightly more commercial offering from Arch Enemy this is still satisfyingly death metal for the fans. The live versions fare a little less well due to Angela Gossow's less refined vocal performance outside of the studio, and her over-use of pointless profanity as the atmosphere evidently goes to her head (she uses three "f" words just introducing 'We Will Rise'), though the material itself is strong - even if it would have been nice to hear her tackle the earlier songs originally growled by Johan Liiva.
It's the cover songs that are by far the most interesting though, and satisfying controversial to boot. Their take on Megadeth's plodding classic 'Symphony of Destruction' is so stupefyingly bad that it's a real curiosity to behold, as Gossow growls Dave Mustaine's lyrics in a bored and lifeless manner (anyone who ever thought death metal vocals were silly and pointless should listen to this and be proved correct) while the Amott brothers ruin Mustaine's original guitar riffs with too much distortion, but the other two are a lot more successful. 'Kill With Power' was never one of my favourite Manowar songs, but here finally receives the treatment of heaviness that it deserves, morphed into the band's own style of death metal without urinating all over the immortal riffs of Ross "The Boss," and finally getting rid of that damned whistle noise that spoiled the original.
The final cover of Carcass, Liverpool's legendary grind/death band, is an interesting and personal choice considering Michael Amott was guitarist on the original song (from 1991's classic 'Necroticism - Descanting the Insalubrious') but the Arch Enemy version could never quite match up; still, it presents a nice opportunity for new fans to discover Carcass through Arch Enemy, even if an ideal world would see it happen the other way round.
1. Dead Eyes See No Future
2. Burning Angel (live)
3. We Will Rise (live)
4. Heart of Darkness (live)
5. Symphony of Destruction (Megadeth cover)
6. Kill With Power (Manowar cover)
7. Incarnated Solvent Abuse (Carcass cover)
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Dead Eyes See No Future
2 Burning Angel
3 We Will Rise
4 Heart of Darkness
5 Symphony of Destruction
6 Kill With Power
7 Incarnated Solvent Abuse
8 We Will Rise [CD-ROM Track]