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The Dying Seed : Tsuba through your throat

The Dying Seed deliver a brilliant first album.

The French scene in general is strange (and always was): it can reveal little treasures, completely unexpected, full of crazy talent that can sometimes quickly gain the attention they deserve... but often just canít, or in a too confidential way.

THE DYING SEED classify themselves as 'progressive post-metal', which obviously includes Stoner, Thrash, Psychedelic, Doom and Death elements... sure, thereís a wide range of influences making their music fresh and varied, but one must tell me where hints of Doom and Death Metal have to be found in here, even if both Bolt Thrower and Electric Wizard are precisely mentioned as influences!!!???

Well, thatís not really essential, what's important is the excellent, global result and here theyíve got strong arguments: I would just label that Ďtop- quality Stoner METALí! Alternating heavy rockiní mid tempos in the refined vein of QOSTA ('Old Manís Heir', 'Another Door'), with rawer Metal structures where Anselmoís bands ('Dirty Old Drunk') and Mastodon are some serious references. The general climate of the album is pretty heavy, compact (thanks to a very decent production) and melodic at the same time.

Together with a sharp rhythm section, catchy guitars full of desert Rock feeling, Loup vocals (note by Admin: to be pronounced ĎLooí... yes...) are another strong features of the band: sometimes very airy and sensitive, they remind me of Josh Homme or Spice (Spiritual Beggars), while the more Metal-scarred songs show rawer abilities.

I just see one cause for minor complaint: the unnecessary length of some songs. Indeed three of them last more than 8 minutes, with sometimes dispensable long instrumental parts which are intended to showcase some impressive technical abilities, but affect a bit the global homogeneity and the listenerís attention.

All in all, this is a brilliant first album. THE DYING SEED are a new fine example of the creative richness one can find in the French scene, and this time I donít think Iím taking any risk by predicting them a bright future.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Riverís end
2. Old manís heir
3. Trees
4. Another door
5. Tsuba through your throat
6. Dirty old drunk
7. Downpour

Duration : Approx.

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Reviewed on 2011-07-07 by Steph Le Saux
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