British metal crew The Eyes Of A Traitor have always been a few steps ahead of their age bracket, signing to respected European label Listenable (Gojira, Textures) and releasing a debut album - 2009's "A Clear Perception" - before a single member of the band was 18 years old.
Indeed, by the time they were just about averaging drinking age, The Eyes Of A Traitor found themselves touted by critics and fans alike for their youth-belying technical prowess, touring across the UK and Europe alongside the revered likes of Gojira, Your Demise, Emmure and The Chariot.
Whilst all this adds up to a pretty impressive resume for a metal band so young, these feats proved conducive to a pressure cooker environment when the time came for the Hertfordshire based quintet to create a new full length.
But, rather than crumbling under the pressures of following up a critically acclaimed debut and satiating their own creative urges to progress, The Eyes Of A Traitor positively thrived, stepping up to the task at hand and channelling the weight of their own expectations into their song-writing.
The result of this creative alchemy is the brazen heft of Traitor's second album "Breathless", a head pounding assembly of raw fury and cavernous grooves, militaristic precision and throttling urgency - its cocktail of contradictions and contrasts the explosive by-products of the challenges the band faced in its creation.
Recorded at Reading's Outhouse Studios (Architects, Your Demise, Your Me At Six), "Breathless" sees The Eyes Of A Traitor leaving their would be peers choking on a dust cloud, the album a persuasive showcase of irresistible riffs, nuanced song-writing and intoxicating energy.