By Mark Hensch
Grungy stoner rock outfit Seemless hardly
seem like they would hail from Boston, MA. The deserts of the southwest
would make more sense, with their airy, rocking, and gritty sludge rock
sound. Mixing the grunge metal hybrid that is stoner rock with political
and sociological undertones, amazingly
dirty riffing, funky solos, and downright righteous rock music, Seemless
will (God willing) explode in the underground rock world and take it by
Possessing a pedigree few bands could ever
hope to match, Seemless has so much raw talent it's hard to believe that
this album is nothing but a year-old re-release of their debut courtesy
of Equal Vision Records. Fronted by Jesse David, who once sang for melodic
metal band Killswitch Engage, many will now be able to see Jesse's amazing
ability to yowl, screech, croon, and sing. Pete Cortese carries Seemless
with his bluesy metal riffing and solos, and he once played in the original
lineup of hardcore legends Overcast. Drummer Derek Kerswill (along with
Cortese) played in Medium and a small band just starting out called Shadows
Only bassist Jeff Fultz has no previous
band experience, and from his jamming with the other members, one would
not be able to tell; Seemless drops jaws in a way only most older
bands are able to do.
"Intro" is one of those worthless filler
pieces; Seemless sets the mood with some quiet space riffs that gain intensity
as the "song" wears on and later a drum beat begins right as the next track
starts. "Something's Got to Give" has a start-stop riff of pure grunge
and some bluesy refrains which rock hard and should get some feet tapping.
The mellow, airy verses give a chance for Jesse David to spout sociological
laments bemoaning the lifestyles of people in our country. By song's end,
things have been kicked into overdrive and a driving stoner rock riff is
thrashing wildly as Jesse screeches like a mountain lion.
"The Wanderer" is an upbeat and lively
song that has a lot more energy then the previous tracks. An amazing guitar
solo will knock your socks off towards the end, as it starts and stops
and squeals with manic fury.
"Soft Spoken Sanity" is a mellow and near-purist
stoner rock anthem with spacey vocals, group choruses that rock, and crooning
over wickedly sludgey riffs. "Endless" is a quiet and stunningly poignant
little ballad, with ethereal and deep space effects on each guitar note
as Jesse David croons softly and in mourning fashion. Seemless doesn't
let even a tiny-little ballad silence their penchant for thrashing, as
later on the band breaks into full-on slow rock jamming.
"The Crisis" sounds like an angry melding
of Soundgarden and random grunge bands. "Lay My Burden Down" is a favorite
of mine, straight-up stoner rock and bluesy lyrics making the perfect tune
for a band like Seemless. The pissed off rock breakdown finds Jesse David
growling in a depressed outro that he is going to "Lay My Burden Down/This
is What it is to Bleed." The equally amazing "War/Peace" is a grungy Rage
Against The Machine song, sounding like a social activist version of Soundgarden
as well. It makes an excellent folk song for the Queens of the Stone Age
"In My Time of Need" is one of the weaker
tracks, pretty much basic music from the band that doesn't really push
their limits or comfort zones at all, with the exception of some more great
funk guitaring interludes.
"All is Not Lost" is an acoustic
filler track, and nothing too special. "In This Life" is one of the hardest
rocking songs on the entire album, and is an excellent finale of sorts.
There is also a bonus track, a live song called "Maintain," a bluesy feedback
monster that sounds really freaking good for a live song.
After all is said and done, Seemless can
easily blow a hole or two in your wall. Metal heads or hardcore kids expecting
some more Shadows Fall, Killswitch, or Overcast tunes better not get their
hopes up. Seemless seems content to defy the past and move on ahead with
some excellent stoner rock tunes. Sounding at times like Zeppelin, Kyuss,
or (most notably) Soundgarden, people looking for soulful rock music will
feel right at home with this stuff. If you like riffs so down and dirty
in the mud it makes you shower after a listen, and solos straight from
the days of rock since past, Seemless will fit like a glove.
Seemless - Seemless
2. Something's Got to Give
3. The Wanderer
4. Soft Spoken Sanity
6. The Crisis
7. Lay My Burden Down
9. In My Time of Need
10. All is Not Lost
11. In This Live
12. Maintain (Live)
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