For the most part, the words “melodic” and “sludge/doom” don’t always seem to fit together well, but when it comes to the brand new full-length from Vancouver, British Columbia sludge/doom newcomers, Seer, this seems to be the most unusual case. Skirting the boundary between sludge/doom and post-metal with a heaviness that matches their melodiousness, this new Canadian quintet are poised to wow the metal world with the impending release of their first full-length album, Vol. III & IV: Cult of the Void, due out July 7th, 2017, on Art of Propaganda Records.
Although the debate still rages on as to whether post-metal is truly a genre or not, a band like Seer – with their particular blend of influences, clean vocals versus growls, and evocations of organic, natural imagery – is only going to muddy the waters further, I’m afraid. Classified officially by Encyclopedia Metallum as a doom/sludge band (and this is honestly hard to argue with, mind you), I still can’t help but have this nagging feeling at the base of my brain that that’s not exactly the right classification. But, to put the collocation aside, when it comes right down to the nitty-gritty, regardless of genre, Vol. III & IV: Cult of the Void is truly one fantastic fucking album.
Dark, stark, and beautiful beyond measure, Seer’s Vol. III & IV: Cult of the Void is a wholly mature and well-produced journey into the dark corners of nature, the occult, and beyond. Combining fuzzy sludge and doom riffs and rhythms with floating, ethereal melodies and vocals more often heard in stoner and post-metal selections, Seer’s new album should appeal to fans from all over the metal map. Honestly, Vol. III & IV: Cult of the Void has a little bit of something for everyone: black metal tidbits and screams, heavy doses of murky riffage, some killer solo work, excellent sing-along melodies, and vast, doomy sections of shoegazing introspection, all set against a backdrop of shadowy, supernatural seductiveness. Simply put, it’s mind-blowing, and this offering will certainly be on my end-of-year favorites list.
Every cut on this album is absolutely first-rate, so be sure to check out the links below to hear some of Vol. III & IV: Cult of the Void, and don’t forget to visit the band’s page to show them some support if you like what you hear!
Seer official video for (edited version) of “They Used Dark Forces”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fjc8yEW3W0s
FFO: Electric Wizard, Isis, The Sword (early), Neurosis, Krigsgrav, Varaha
Vol. III & IV: Cult of the Void Track Listing:
1. Ancient Sands (Rot Preacher) (9:50)
2. Acid Sweat (4:18)
3. They Used Dark Forces (9:15)
4. Burnt Offerings (7:37)
5. I – Tribe of Shuggnyth (2:13)
6. II – Spirit River (2:57)
7. III – Passage of Tears (3:07)
Album Lineup: Peter Sacco (guitars), Kyle Tavares (guitars/vocals), Bronson Lee Norton (vocals), Madison Norton (drums), Josh Campbell (bass)
Release Date: July 7th, 2017
Label: Art of Propaganda Records
Follow Seer here: https://www.facebook.com/seervancouver/
Bloodrock Rating: 5 out of 5 Axes
Written by Geoff Teach for Bloodrock Media on May 30, 2017