Florida band Seasons Lost has shared the stage with headlining heavyweights like Trivium and Days of the New, and with good reason. In terms of modern hard rock, Seasons Lost and their debut After the Storm, is as good as any of their peers, if not better. Your well trained ear will notice a variety of influences from Soundgarden and forward. Most impressive within After the Storm is Seasons Lost's uncanny ability to engage melodic sensibility while still remaining heavy as on Confession, The Big Empty, or Forever. Stunning vocal arrangements and well-placed and vibrant guitar work also make this disc a listener's delight.
Yet, After the Storm turns on some unusual, nearly schizophrenic, pivots. For instance, you wouldn't think you're getting modern melodic hard rock when listening to the opener, To Hell and Back, which sounds like melodic death metal or metal core as hardcore vocals appear. This form returns on Skeletal Remedy, and the last two songs, Predanatural and Grave Shifter where growling cookie-monster vocals return again. My gut reaction was that these vocals/songs were added to compete with current trends (which would mean that they are simply baiting current youngsters for commercial appeal). Generally, the vocals ride somewhere between annoying (To Hell and Back) and laughable (Grave Shifter). Thankfully, except for the average metalcore of the last song, the modern metal within these songs is melodic, heavy and soaring.
Despite the latter reservations, After the Storm is an impressive album of modern hard rock with sharp melodies and brilliant vocal arrangements which, after one listen, I immediately wanted to spin again. Very recommended!
Seasons Lost's After the Storm is an impressive album of modern hard rock with sharp melodies and brilliant vocal arrangements which, after one listen, I immediately wanted to spin again.
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