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Seamount - Earthmother (IMPORT) (CD)

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Origin: Germany
Released: 2012
Catalog number: CW031
I guess there is no need to introduce this band from Germany with the American on the mic, right? Seamount should by now be a household name for everyone into Doom, Heavy Rock and like-minded genres. With three albums in their back catalogue, the band from southern Germany (apart from singer Phil Swanson of course) already managed to create a trademark sound that they do not leave with their fourth album. There are just some refinements here and there. Is this still Doom Metal in its narrow sense? Maybe not, still they have their place there. Most of the songs have a melancholic feel. Seems like Phil is once again wearing his heart on his sleeve on this album with lyrics that deal mostly with personal stuff. And even though there are a lot of dark chapters to be told on 'Earthmother' , both lyrics and music seem not to be utterly hopeless. There is a light at the end. So what is new soundwise?

The use of real Doom riffs is shortened in favour of more 70s Hard Rock and at least to me there seems to be more work with acoustic guitar, not only as the main instrument like in the calm "power ballad" 'Echos', where it takes half of the song 'til the elctric guitars set in, but also to support electric guitar-driven riffs and arpeggios. 'Isolation' is a good example for that. And when I speak of 70s Hard Rock here, I do not want you to mistake Seamount for another band in the vein of Graveyard or Witchcraft. Seamount sound different. Not really modern, but then again they do not have this total retro sound. The overly melancholic mood shines through here an there as in 'Aphrodites Child' with its slight bow to Stoner Rock. Furthermore, this works when the band increases the speed like in the rocking 'Just For Fantasy' or in the closing cover of Witchfinder General's "hit" 'Music'.

What you’ll notice immediately from the very first listening sessions of “Earthmother” is the band’s will to show a darker and more underground character. The Witchfinder General/Ozzy elements you learned to love with Seamount in the past are still here, but with some NWOBHM riff treats ala Pagan Altar and more guitar melodies able to travel you away that add more points to the Germans’ effort. Evolution is something that every musician who respects his/hers audience wants to embrace and SEAMOUNT seem to do so successfully in “Earthmother”. Tracks like the breathtaking “Surrender” (really love the guitars’ heaviness) or the Seamount-esque “The Fool” will give you a perfect excuse to visit this album again and again, but the true reason that will make you adore “Earthmother” is the introversion-al character and the dark content that might break the restrictive Doom Metal borders. The album closer “Music” happens to be the most successful Witchfinder General cover I’ve ever heard!