|Track by Track Review
They start this rather tentatively, with near ambient textures. Then a hard edged rock progression that feels a bit like a cross between Rush and Dream Theater brings it up. They work through this way for a time and then power out even further. It drops way down for the first vocals and then the Rush-like riff emerges amidst as they build it up. I’d say that (with the addition of the bands already mentioned) you could best describe this song as a dramatic piece that seems to blend seemingly disparate music like that of Tool and Porcupine Tree into a creation that is completely Seer. This turns pretty heavy at times. It gets quite intense before ending, but they also include some rather symphonic mellow moments.
This comes in quite heavy and turns even heavier as they carry forward. If the whole album was like this I’d put in under heavy metal. The Tool comparisons are certainly valid here. This is angry and furious. It’s also got some mellower sections.
The early sections of this are closer to Porcupine Tree. Then around the middle of the track they shift it out to harder edged music that’s more along the lines of the first track. The progressive rock elements here come in with the varying lines of sound that swim across the arrangement.
|Trip the Lung|
Imagine if the Pixies were a progressive rock band – they’d probably sound a lot like this – especially if they picked up a male vocalist.
They list this on the CD cover, but just as an empty number “5” with no title attached. At less than a minute in length this prog instrumental weirdness will have you checking your CD player to see if it’s skipping at first. This is pretty cool and carries on into the next piece.
|Watching the Sidewalks|
Coming in with the weird sonic elements that made up the last track this feels to me like a blend of Hawkwind strangeness and The Doors. It’s noisy, but also quite cool. Before they check out of this musical hotel they turn it more metallic for a time, but again it’s rather like Tool meets Porcupine Tree. It works back down to more moody (and mellower) progressive rock later. Still further down the road we get a motif that’s rather like Pink Floyd with some Radiohead thrown in. Then they intensify it out again with more of that Pixies sound, but Radiohead still remains. It ends abruptly.
|This Is Really Happening|
They pound in here with a heavy rock and roll – alternative rock – riff. Then it drops way back. A bass dances in the background as little accents of sound are created over this. The vocals come in amidst this arrangement. They power it up more for the chorus. As this moves out toward the next stripped down approach we get some Hawkwind space keys for a short time. The same general motif is continued in terms of repetitions of segments, just made more intense. It is shifted out later into a different jam and this turns quite noisy before they close it out.
Here they definitely merge the Tool and Porcupine Tree elements into another powerhouse jam. It’s another killer track, but by now the formula is getting a little tired. Still, the manage to create enough “oomph” on this to keep it interesting.
They pound in on this one, but then drop it back to a lot mellower territory. When they move it back out to the harder edged section the lack of variety really starts to wear thin. This song would have been a lot stronger had it not followed a whole series of cuts that only varied in minor degrees from the formula they practice here.
Now here’s the change we could have used a couple songs ago. This starts with percussion and then moves out to a slow moving and gentle ballad. This is pretty and a great way to break up some of the monotony. The music on this CD is too interesting to not be given a chance to be heard in a light that’s proper for it. More tracks like this placed strategically on the album would have made for a stronger disc. They turn this more intense, but it doesn’t rise anywhere near the level of hard rocking until quite a ways in. I’d say that it comes closest to the music of Radiohead. I even hear some traces of Queen on this at times. I think it would have been stronger had they left the harder rocking stuff out because that tends to bring it more to the formula of the rest of the CD.
|Not One Mistake|
They move back into familiar territory here, but some of those Queen elements still show up on this one. It’s got the old, start heavy, drop down to mellow and then power gradually back up to heavy approach. It seems like a lot of this band’s output is based on the pattern of Radiohead’s “Creep.” The thing is, maybe it’s the break we just had, maybe it’s the music itself, but this one stands up better than some of the rest.
Another untitled interlude, this is a classically oriented one and a nice break. It’s quite short, though.
|The Mess I've Made|
The mellower segment on this one – and it leads the track off, reminds me a bit of a more raw Pentwater. It’s a nice alteration, but it doesn’t hold for long. They pound back out and we’re off into familiar territory. They make some minor variations here and the vocal arrangement on this one is cool, but again, we’ve heard most of it before. They do include a cool voices only operatic segment that calls to mind Queen on this – and that section is repeated and turned into an extensive outro. More thinking outside the box like this and this group would be incredible.
This is the most interesting of the short interludes. It’s got more of a rock band feel than the others, but yet is sedate and very balladic. It’s also quite pretty.
|We Are Just Riding On These Things|
They change the formula up a bit. It doesn’t wander between the mellower and harder edged sounds, but instead is a steady building process. This one gets quite lush and is one of the stronger pieces on show here.
Another change of pace is saved for last. This one moves in a similar pattern as the last track, but it’s also one of the most melodic portions of the CD. This is a cool song and a great way to end things on a rather restrained, but still quite strong note.