SEASONS LOST - AFTER THE STORM
TWO SIDE MOON / SLW PROMOTIONS
Metal To Infinity
band! On the one hand I hear ultra melodic tunes and on the opening track I even
hear some raw Metal! Seasons Lost? Never heard of them… From the US? Yes, from
Coral Springs and if you will ever see this CD you will be attracted because of
its front cover, nice! Actually this is the band’s debut album and it is clear
in a few notes this is a very talented band!
for example “The Big Empty”… A song that is very ‘easy in the ear’ and
could easily be a mainstream radio song. Listening to the entire CD I
discover that almost every track could be on one or another alternative
mainstream Radio show. Does it make Seasons Lost a good band? No, not exactly
but no one can deny their talent in song writing and in musical performances!
Tracks like “Dry Ground”, Taken Away”
and “Forever” are mellow enough to be heard by a bigger crowd.
the other hand the opening track “To Hell And Back” contains some groovy,
pure Metallic parts and it shows another face of the band. You can find some
more Groovy Metal on this record but to be honest it isn’t at all my cup of
tea! The reason is that I’m not into this kind of growls and I prefer pure
singing or even darker grunts on these kind of tunes … A second reason is that
I have never been the biggest fan of this kind of modern groovy Metal sound that
especially mainstream Metal fanzines seems to support. Well, it made plenty of
bands popular. Seasons Lost declares not to be a pure Metal band anyway… In
reality they mix genres and emotions and it makes this CD not exactly easy to
about the face of the band the picture of singer Shaie Mason, at their myspace.com
page, could make you believe he’s a raw and evil 100% pure Metal front man.
This man looks soooooo fucking Metal on this picture but listening to this CD I
can tell you he ain’t this kind of man at all. He has a fantastic and clear
voice and his vocal possibilities are wide ranged, even impressive. His
performances are amazing and I’m sure this man could be striking in a typical
Metal band! On this release you will hear the softer side of his voice which is,
as I’ve said before, imposing. On the other hand you will discover more
extreme vocal lines but I’m not exactly a fan of his kind of aggressive growls.
Anyway he is an amazing singer, period!
further I go into this CD the more I discover that Seasons Lost delivers Hard
Rocking music, maybe at some points some groovy Heavy Metal but overall with the
goal to produce a sweet or mainstream
sound. Often I have the feeling the band is still searching for its own identity
but I could be wrong. The songs are well written and contains influences of the
nineties Rock and Metal scene. I’m not particular familiar with this kind of
music but maybe Live, Therapy, Pearl Jam, Volbeat etc. are possible points to
associate the band with. Talking about the Metal side of the band Pantera and
plenty of modern groovy Metal bands are things I am thinking about… Anyway
this formation contains good musicians and especially the guitar sessions are
remarkable, even extraordinary. Some outstanding and catchy solos can be heard
on this one!
Lost delivers a bizarre album to me, one I can hardly rate… Although every
single song has its own character and strong points the totality of this CD
doesn’t convince me at all. Great songwriters, good musicians, a band with
plenty of capabilities but for some unidentified reason not convincible enough
to me. I suppose the fact the lack of some dark and attractive atmosphere is
responsible for it… Maybe their search to deliver a mainstream and alternative
sound makes it impossible to believe in them. Great musical performances by
every single member but for some reason uninspired. I miss a ‘soul’ in this
band... I’m 100% sure a lot of the listeners will be impressed more than I am
and will rate this album at least ten points higher, so take a listen yourself!
My points : 77 / 100 (Review by Officer Nice)
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