Wednesday, June 14, 2017

LP Review: "Vol. III & IV: Cult of the Void" by Seer

Vol. III & IV: Cult of the Void
If you look up at the night sky, you'll be seeing a vast expanse that we can never understand.

The images we see in the stars is sometimes millions of years old because it simply takes that long for it to get here.

In a smaller comparison, think about countries like Japan and the United Kingdom. Those two nations have about 2/3's of the population of these United States, yet have land space around the size of California, if you combined them.

Now, look at the United States. It's the fourth largest nation in terms of land, but India, who's the size of Texas has four times our population.

They have no vast expanses like we do. What do these things do to us as people? It's impossible for humanity to grasp the expanses we see everyday. Seer...they're from a nation, Canada, that has even more expanse than the United States.

Today we return to the vast forests of British Columbia as we received a communication from our friends, Seer.

As expected, their sound retains that bigness they had on their first LP, Vol. 1 & 2. (Note they've changed up the numbering from Arabic to Roman Numerals there.)

This time, the band seems to have found more colors with which to paint.

The heavier parts are heavier, and the melodic parts are melodicker....

The guitars are crunchier and tracks are bigger. Vol. III & IV: Cult of the Void contains everything that made its predecessor amazing, but it feels as though it's the elder sibling of that record.

Seer has managed to both grow and change while remaining true and stolid to whom they are. It's a very rare thing to be able to toe both of those lines simultaneously, but there are four five members of the band and perhaps they're standing in front of different lines.

Seer's first two albums have put them in the Bands to Follow Closely Category here at Glacially Musical. Hopefully we'll start seeing their albums pressed onto vinyl.

Release: 7/7/17
Genre: Doom Metal
Label: Art of Propaganda
Formats: CD/Digital (presumed based off of their last album)

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