While Seemless features alumni from new-school metal bands Killswitch Engage and Shadows Fall, its music couldn't sound more different than those outfits.
While Seemless features alumni from new-school metal bands Killswitch Engage and Shadows Fall, its music couldn't sound more different than those outfits. Indeed, the New England-area group has jettisoned hardcore and screamo in favor of bluesy, riffy rock. (Think Corrosion of Conformity or older Soundgarden.) Seemless' debut album, crisply remastered from last year's independent release, finds vocalist Jesse David singing much more soulfully than he did in Killswitch, yet he hasn't given up the occasional shriek to drive a point home. Meanwhile, the grooves laid down by guitarist Pete Cortese, drummer Derek Kerswill and bassist Kevin Schuler (who has since been replaced by Jeff Fultz) are at times headbanging ("Lay My Burden Down," "The Wanderer," "In My Time of Need") and atmospheric ("War/ Peace," "Endless"). While the band has already received some specialty show airplay in Boston, expect its profile to increase as adventurous programmers step to the plate.—BT