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Seemless Seemless


01. Intro 02. Something's Got To Give 03. Wanderer 04. Soft Spoken Sanity 05. Endless 06. The Crisis 07. Lay My Burden Down 08. War/Peace 09. In Time of Need 10. All is Not Lost 11. In This Life 12. Maintain (bonus)
2005 Equal Vision Records
Our score 6

4/6/2005

I think everyone knows Seemless' vocalist is from Killswitch Engage, which I liked. They have other members from Overcast (which I liked, as well) and Shadows Fall (which I have honestly never heard).The deal is that they're playing rock and roll. It's is a nice departure for these guys musically, I'm sure. However, I really have to call their influences into question. The disc starts out with an 'Intro,' which has become possibly the most asinine and trite convention in music. I'd rather listen to one big dumb breakdown than one more pretentious static "introduction." I wonder who the hell thinks it's a great idea to just slap some annoying feedback and throw some drums in the back to introduce you're album. You're not winning over any fans. That diatribe aside, the track kicks off with "Something's Got to Give." This song serves as a sort of paradigm for the rest of the album. Not to say that their song writing is formulaic or monotonous, but once you finish listening to this you'll be able to full judge whether or not you find this to be a worthwhile investment of time. The beginning of the song sound like every other radio-rock Nickelback/Creed/Staind/Chevelle band out there. After that little interlude, the guitars are pretty chunky, with a tone that is decidedly a Queens of the Stone Age kind of rock vibe. The riffing is pretty basic, which after a point gets a bit incessant. After vacillating between hard rock and soft rock Jesse slips back into some of his easily distinguishable Killswitch Engage scream for the last portion of the track. The music here could easily be a Harkonen track with the gain turned down, and it piqued my interest. However, while I was hopeful that the rest of the disc would pick up and become a little bit more engaging, it just never really happened for me. Throughout the rest of the disc there is some interesting moments scattered throughout. "The Wanderer" at times sounds a lot (again) like Queens of the Stone Age, but playing it much safer. Every song on here could easily be a disposable radio hit, which is a good thing for the band I guess. I'm sure with enough promotion and touring these guys could get signed to a major label. They teeter on the brink of being too edgy, but they are quickly pulled back by more commercially acceptable pieces - like the sissy whisper of "I am my own worst enemy," on "The Wanderer" instantly followed by Soundgarden-ish speaking/singing through a vocal effect board on "Soft Spoken Sanity." They even stay on the tried and true course of radio rockdom by throwing in an instrumental ballad toward the end of the disc with "All is Not Lost." Bottom Line: It's hard to draw a verdict on this. I'm not someone to say that if something isn't produced with underground ethics that it's necessarily bad. And this isn't necessarily bad. Sometimes the music itself catches me wishing that someone trying to do a mid-90s style over it. The bits and pieces I can pick out of the lyrics aren't anything straying from the uniform path of post-modern psychology and its trials. If these guys just picked it up a notch and didn't try to get played on hard rock radio, they'd really have something here. Not bad, not great. Just in the middle.

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therighteousruler_ 4/6/2005 10:10:23 PM

this review was boring to me


fhgjhg_ 4/6/2005 10:24:01 PM

i honestly think this band is meh. all you jockers who say jesse is a better singer than howard can stfu please. maybe he is, but the music he contributes to is f*cking boring now. and i like rock, but this doesnt excite me at all.


horseheadxbookends_ 4/6/2005 10:45:55 PM

no thank you


wtf?!_ 4/7/2005 12:13:36 AM

hahaha you've never heard shadows fall?!


grindmyass_ 4/7/2005 12:16:00 AM

To the reviewer: Dont be a f*ckin' prick, you've heard Shadows Fall. Other than that... I agree with the review, and this band deserves a 6/10, but in my personal opinion they dont deserve jack because i would never listen to that crap.


Sean Loiselle_ 4/7/2005 12:48:21 AM

I have seriously never heard Shadow's Fall. Why would I lie about that?


hxcobd_ 4/7/2005 1:22:08 AM

That. Band. f*cking. Gay. Also, I, too, have never heard Shadows Fall. Don't plan to, either.


Its Tragic_ 4/7/2005 1:55:09 AM

i was stoked about this, then i got to read through the lyrics and think yous and decide this is a bit too into god for me. I already have cds by Danzig and QOTSA, thanks.


Its Tragic_ 4/7/2005 1:56:16 AM

*thank yous


bigscarymonster_ 4/7/2005 3:19:13 AM

Dude, I heard Shadows Fall. Their drummers can play triplets on the double bass drum, and that's about all.


mother of mercy_ 4/7/2005 6:22:59 AM

more proof that people who do not have enough musical background shouldn't write reviews.


Rara Avis_ 4/7/2005 6:31:57 AM

This reviewer cannot write.


blablabla_ 4/7/2005 6:51:30 AM

seemless is a good stoner band (or heavy-rock maybe...) and this album kicks ass seriously! Have you shit in your ears? 6/10 is a perfect injury for this album...8/10 is the best rating.


Spelling & Grammar Police_ 4/7/2005 7:57:21 AM

I find it extremely hard to take this review seriously, as it is peppered with spelling and grammar mistakes that only a child could make. Never let this person write again. That is all.


Word & Context Police_ 4/7/2005 7:58:51 AM

Also, stop using words that sound nice and big, as you clearly have no idea what they actually mean. Buffoon.


B.S. _ 4/7/2005 8:57:56 AM

How could you possibly be into metal or hardcore and never heard Shadows Fall. Regardless if you like them or not, there is just no possible way you could have not heard them somewhere. Total B.S. statement, that just tried to give the guy some cool underground cred.


redandblackink_ 4/7/2005 10:22:46 AM

"Throughout the rest of the disc there is some interesting moments scattered throughout." Learn how to write, moron.


Brian Fair's Dredlock _ 4/7/2005 12:22:38 PM

I'm not a Shadows fall fan by any means, but if you were at any point EVER an Overcast fan how could you not help but check out shadows fall at some point. That struck me as odd... I know is a stupid topic and I'm ashamed for even dwelling on it... My apologies


zero x potential_ 4/7/2005 1:49:58 PM

to hear some tracks from the record, head over to www.seemless.cjb.net


richard head_ 4/7/2005 3:53:39 PM

sweet use of the thesaurus brosiff


rainbowsatan_ 4/7/2005 4:29:54 PM

This record is a solid, kick ass rock record. Its obvious the reviewer has no clue. Oh and for the record, Howard Jones can't hold a flame to Jesse Leach's nutz in vocal comparison. Shoulda suck w/ BHBS bro.


onecrazyfist_ 4/7/2005 5:12:13 PM

Sometimes the music itself catches me wishing that someone trying to do a mid-90s style over it. what? learn english.


you crazed teenyboppers_ 4/7/2005 5:41:42 PM

shadows fall suck ass... all they do is scream, and i cant when they scream the whole goddamned song...i wish theyd all die, the f*cking satanists...


seanistotallyrad_ 4/7/2005 7:47:22 PM

Why would you take offense to someone not hearing shadows fall? They work hard, ...well at everything except their songwriting. all it takes is one shadows fall song and you've heard their entire catalog.


Jefferson_ 4/7/2005 10:05:53 PM

This is the worst piece of "writing" or "reviewing" I have ever read. Illiterate monkies could have done a better job, and yes, I could have too.


drewcifer_ 4/8/2005 2:26:09 PM

anyone who's managed to never hear Shadows Fall is doing something right in life


magnolia fan_ 4/8/2005 7:53:49 PM

it was only a matter of time before the hardcore/metal community lost another talented individual to the homosexuality of mainstream rock. f*ck THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


titties_ 4/9/2005 2:23:36 PM

breasts


anonymous 4/10/2005 3:17:32 PM

You could have at least used spellcheck!


xsecondthoughtx_ 4/12/2005 8:14:16 AM

This band is absolutely terrible that is all. No matter who is in it.


Ross_ 4/14/2005 5:55:53 PM

this is the most dissapointing album of 2005. there are a lot of albums that still havent come out but they dont have jesse from kse. this album pisses me off so much


Blood Must Be Shed_ 10/17/2005 11:10:43 PM

I envy this guy, because the first day I heard Shitows Fail was the absolute worst day of my life. gays in dreads doing watered down breakdowns, c-ck rock solos taken from some homo Scorpions record, riffs even more generic than John Schaffer's latest triplet dumpster, and the most awful off key singing you could ever imagine. It's like Bullet Boys or Loverboy trying to cover the first Matryr AD record. God knows why they didn't just stick to being some generic Gothenburg rip off. Shito