Thursday, February 2, 2012

Seasick - Eschaton

Seasick's almost-two-year-old first LP 'Eschaton' is about to see a release on To Live a Lie Records. It had a short pressing previously on Ground Up Records limited to 100 just before the band went on a hiatus.

If you're familiar with the band's previous work then you'll know Seasick is a well executed thrash band containing elements of hardcore fronted with some angry, political lyrics. The band has been known to musically take influence from Bad Brains, Tear It Up and others of the genre, while lyrically breaking ground on topics such as veganism, atheism, and American culture.

Seasick seems to have opted for an interesting production plan here in contrast to their previous work. The mix on this record is very "roomy", with reverb-soaked drums and vocals. The guitar and bass sounds are very over driven, with the guitar seemingly having up to four tracks of it's own. Screaming feedback is laced throughout and reels through every pause of the music. It makes for a sound that may sacrifice some of the clarity in exchange for a more powerful assault.

"Blitzed" begins with something very similar to Inside Out's "Burning Fight" as the guitar slowly plots a riff beneath a building drums and a throaty scream. It's not long before the band is taking you on a tour of their style of thrashy hardcore with some full speed drums and frequent guitar solos exemplified in songs like "Think with the Learned" and "Crude". Things slow down again on "Outliers" which intros with an experimental jaunt of time signatures and feedback before going in a faster direction. "Speak With the Vulgar" actually takes us on a melodic detour about midway through the song, uncharacteristic of the band. It works in this context though as the drums don't seem to let up, but power through the melody well. The record closes up with the title track "Eschaton" which, may open with the usual fast and thrashy ingredients, but actually ends up taking us to more of a noisy hardcore place in time which almost had me thinking of some of the breakdown's utilized by a band like Converge.

Lyrically "Eschaton" exhibits a well thought critique of some of the lesser discussed and specific elements of society. "Blitzed" presents a bleak observation on product placement and it's effects on children. "Future Generations" is an interesting critique on primitivist culture and theory, addressing problematic issues of apathy and class distinction. "Speak With the Vulgar" breaks the social commentary for a moment and addresses the loss of a family member. It's lyrics compliment the melodic interlude in the song well and contributes to making it one of the more powerful songs on the release.

Check out the band here.