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Seamount : Sacrifice:III

Seamount outdid themselves with that third album.

With the regularity of a Swiss clockwork, Seamount have now released their third album in three years. The previous one, 'Truth Light II', had already broken some necks with its groovy mix of Space Rock ala Monster Magnet, pure early Scorpions 70's Hard Rock and more straightforward Doom the 'Maryland way'. But this 'Sacrifice III'Ö man! It manages to achieve the impossible and outdoes all they have done so far with its incredible ability to screw infectious tunes down into your brain.

The Germans come this time totally to terms with their 70's influences, including Led Zeppelin and Uriah Heep, and fling at your face 10 hymns some of which might just bring them the 'mainstream' recognition (the impeccable 'Standing In The Rain', blend of of the 'Peace And Love' tperiod of The Pogues, Saint Vitus and Vanilla Fudge) and even commercial success.

Yet, Seamount didnít sell their soul by any means: one still recognizes the peculiar touch of the band, and this album comes from the same mold than the previous two; it just shows more maturity. Phil Swanson delivers his best vocal performance so far (though, with his participation in the albums of Atlantean Kodex and Hour Of 13 already in 2010, I never had thought he would achieve something any better) and establishes himself as a Doom vocalist who can't be ignored any longer.

Itís very difficult to bring out a single track that would be better than another (the first 4 songs are absolutely devastating), and the entire album seems to have been conceived to be played live. Absolutely perfect from start to finish, this is an album that both old Hard Rockís fans and Trad. Doom supporters will enjoy. Definitely one of the best albums of 2010 in the genre, if not the best.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. The Ancient
2. Ocean I Call You
3. The Mountains Will Know My Name
4. Standing in the Rain
5. 40000 Fathoms
6. Stardust
7. Gettin Through
8. Sacrifice
9. Path to Legend
10. Only Death Shall Do Us Part

Duration : Approx. 59 minutes

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Reviewed on 2010-12-18 by Laurent Lignon
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