01. In My Blood
02. Cast No Shadow
04. Eyes Of A Child
05. The Deep Below
10. ...Things Fall Apart
2006 Equal Vision Records
There's no doubt in my mind who the members of Seemless were listening to in the early 90's. Featuring guys who have done time in major metal acts like Shadows Fall and Killswitch Engage, Seemless has decided to try their hand at the riff abundant rock of heavier Soundgarden and Only Living Witness rather than continuing to add to the metal scene. Hell, even vocalist Jesse Leach's singing is immediately reminiscent of Chris Cornell. What Have We Become is Seemless' second official full-length, and these ten tracks are a pretty solid statement that although hard rock may be past its glory days, it's far from dead.
Seemless employs a pretty simple formula throughout most of the record: pack each song with monstrous bluesy metal/rock riffs. There is also a fair amount of bass driven sections accompanied by atmospheric guitar work, but these guys are at their best when they're right in the middle of a major groove riff. All of the instrumentation is equally accomplished, and provides the perfect accompaniment to Leach's soaring vocals. If you've missed the glory days of Soundgarden and other like-minded bands (and you know who you are), then What Have We Become is right up your alley. Sure, it's not the most original style out there, but there's been enough of a gap in between this sound's heyday and present times to give it a bit of a refreshing feel.
The only real drawback to What Have We Become is that about two-thirds of the way through the record, the guys in Seemless have pretty much run out of ideas. The slower, final track epic, "...Things Fall Apart" is a nice change to close the disc, but for the most part, these tracks are all structured in a similar verse-chorus manner that tends to be on the predictable side. This radio-friendly style is a slight turn-off for me, and I can't help but imagine how much I would love this album if Seemless tried to experiment a little more. Nevertheless, their recipe of heavy blues rock is quite good, and from what I've found, even more enjoyable at high volumes.
Bottom Line: As they combine incredibly catchy rock-metal riffs with great vocals, Seemless may be something worth checking out for fans of early 90's hard rock. But with its marketability, What Have We Become might also become the new favorite for your 15 year-old neighbor who's never even heard of Soundgarden. It's all in God's (or shall I say MTV2's) hands now.