|Experimental Progressive Metal, Hard Rock
April 24th, 2012
The production to the album is pretty good. The crisp modern digital quality works well for what the band is going for, capturing the heavier traits of the songs quite well. The guitars have a rich distortion that is often a little on the lower tuning side, meshing perfectly with the already deep bass guitar that really stands out. The vocals are at a level just a bit louder than those, are range between harsher harmonizations, clean singing, as well as some gutturals here and there. The drums, however, sound fantastic. The bass kicks have a nice subtle click that can be picked up on immediately, and the snares are largely a tighter snap with cymbals that are on the cleaner side, and a bit further in the background compared to the rest of the kit.
The three songs that make up the EP are all rather enjoyable and bring enough intensity with them to grab the listener, though not always too Experimental as their description of Psy Metal would lead you to believe. “Broken for Me” is a pretty heavy offering that starts out with a dark guitar performance with deep rumblings that kick the demo into gear. The clean singing in the start, as well as largely melodic chorus sounds great, though the rougher vocals in the faster main verses sounds a bit odd, clearly out of place from more of a Thrash Metal offering than anything. While not at all bad, it definitely takes time to get adjusted to, unlike the gutturals that appear during the slower breakdown a little more than three minutes in.
Much of that can alsob e said for “We’re Alone,” though the song has more of a symphonic push at the start that helps to build up tension prior to the main verse kicking in. Again, the rougher vocals are present, though they sound a lot more suiting to the more aggressive music in the main verses, and even the end of the chorus due to how it builds it from the clean singing. Finally the recording ends with the track “Sleep On.” This one is more on the fun side with some higher cleaner vocals at times, but that style is met with a distortion that leaves them sounding more mechanical. The song starts off really heavy, but quickly dies down to allow some melodic riffs for the chorus, whereas the main verses have more of a chugging approach that feels somewhat restrained.
SeeTheSky present three intriguing songs for their 2012 demo, We’re Alone. While not the most unique of songs like their profile may lead you to believe, they are still really catchy with an excellent audio and production quality to them. Mixing some rather aggressive material with a bit of a mainstream touch doesn’t hold the songs back as much as you might expect, and there are still plenty of times you’ll find yourself bobbing your head along, or at least want to do so willingly if not subconciously. With the demo recording available to puchase and stream through Bandcamp [at the time of writing this article], it’s worth taking a few minutes to sample what this up and coming group from Denmark has to offer anyone willing to give them a shot.
01. Broken for Me – 4:29
02. We’re Alone – 4:16
03. Sleep On – 6:34
|Initial Pressing Score: 8.5/10