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SeYSMIC’s Resurrection is a brooding horror movie of an album that is drenched in shadow, steeped in intricate guitar and touched with classical influences. There’s a strong sense of imagery in the music, and the album tells a tale of terror in sound. The album combines well-played guitar with surging drums, deep bass and synths that contrast and complement the other musical elements.
The most outstanding element of the album for me is the guitar work on it. There’s a rich, detailed and intricate level of playing here along with churning power and surging darkness that contributes to the power and dangerous feeling of Resurrection. The level of musicality is high, but it always serves the overall feeling of the tracks, rather than only being showy for the sake of it.
Another element of Resurrection that I find enjoyable is the classical music influence. There are arpeggios that feel quite classical, the sound of a harpsichord (and moments that remind me of compositions for organ), as well as segments that have the distinct feeling of an orchestral string section. The contrast that these sounds create with the harder, more aggressive elements of the album heightens the intensity.
The use of a wide variety of synth sounds on Resurrection is what helps to create the imagery and tell the story on the album. They are layered and intertwined, producing sounds that can lacerate along with moments of starry gentleness. There’s a complexity to how the different synth parts work together that paints strong sonic images for me.
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“Anastasis" comes into being with a steadily oscillating, ferocious, sharp-edged growl of synth. The kick drum thuds and a surging, slashing synth cuts into the music as it reaches a crescendo. I am drawn to that wild, aggressive tide of sound as it smashes into the track.
There’s a tidal energy in the music as the big drum beat keeps driving on. High, chiming synth carries a minor key, melancholy melody as the track speeds in a hard charge.
Now the electric guitar howls out over the attacking power below it, crying out and shredding, flying and cascading in intricate notes. A segment with quick shiny arpeggios that flit around comes in before the mad, expressive voice of the guitar leaps in wild abandon. All of the musical elements explode in a whirlwind of energy and ferocity on this track.
A hard-hitting, reverberating bass pulse and swiftly spinning arpeggios carried on a broad sounding, lambent and organ-like synth kick off “Venice.” The synth oscillates and vaults rapidly with harsh sonic pulses slicing in underneath and massive drums pound. I enjoy the strong classical music influence in the sound of the arcing arpeggios.
The rich, full, slightly edgy tone of the guitar sends swiftly flying arpeggios dancing across the track as the eerie voice of a Theremin carries an ethereal and ghostly melodic line. I am enamoured of that Theremin sound here. The sharp-edged bass synth lacerates the music as the heartbeat of the percussion keeps on moving through.
“Gloom” begins with elevated notes with crystalline edges that float through the drifting background of gentle synth sound that is touched by a twist of minor key darkness, A heavy, strong pulse of bass and the surge of huge drums roil underneath the wandering, delicate and caressing melody. I am a fan of how well that contrast works in this track.
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An uplifted, yearning pattern of shimmering synths revolves slowly over the much darker and more powerful feelings underneath it as achingly bright arpeggios revolve like galaxies. The huge shadowy power of the growling, deep underpinning adds weight and “gloom” to the proceedings, The guitar solo played by Billy Mays Band cries out in an arcing, howling voice that has tremendous power in concert with the harsh well of gritty sounds below.
“6114 California Street”
Full, dramatic pulses of synth with an aching feeling move into the wide open background in a minor key drift to open “6114 California Street.” A steady, deep pulse of shadowy bass pulsates along with sparkles of high synth that trickle through the music. A solid, slow drumbeat throbs along with medium low sound that twists with a threatening feeling, adding a sense of lurking danger to the music.
An arpeggio with a worried feeling to it winds in descending patterns all around the other musical elements. The slow, menacing beat moves along with the drifting, eerie Theremin and climbing organ notes as the unrelenting beat and bass continue driving on. Layered sounds flow on, feeling ghostly and threatening before fading into silence.
“Lovers at the Killer Hotel”
“Lovers at the Killer Hotel” comes to life with undulating arpeggios shot through with a static-edged synth flow and a deep steady bass throb. The electric guitar cuts in as the big, heavy beat pulsates and meaty slabs of guitar call out powerfully.
I especially enjoy the segment in which intricate arpeggios carried on a medium-high synth with string-like qualities arc and dance while the guitar leaps, shreds and flies. Dark energy surges and drums smash into the track as the guitar and the synths double each other in a slicing line. A thick knot of drums and bass throbs more slowly while the guitar melody has some bluesy qualities and riffs along skillfully and fluently.
A sharp, brittle electric guitar cry begins “Heartcleaver" along with slowly spinning, climbing arpeggios. There’s an intricate tightness to the guitar as a thick wedge of bass and gigantic drums shift under the string-like arpeggios that revolve with an orchestral quality.
I am drawn to the way the arpeggios reach and yearn under the weight and gritty power of the guitar as it roars into the track along with the battering drums. The complex, nervous guitar cries out in intertwining passages as the arpeggios keep climbing and adding more power and a feeling of growing danger to the music as the massive harsh pulses surge and drive.
“Walpurgis Night (Epilogue)”
“Walpurgis Night (Epilogue)” interests me because of the balance between a Baroque-feeling melodic pattern played on harpsichord and the strange voice of the Theremin. There’s a moment of quiet before rich synths rise upwards in swelling, oscillating waves under the Theremin.
There’s a growing feeling of power churning as brooding chords rise and fall while the sense of shadow becomes ever more oppressive and deadly. The Theremin and the heavy synth underneath it are doubled as the strings call out, adding more classical flavour to the music.
SeySMIC's Resurrection is an album that brims over with strong sonic imagery and creates a feeling of heaving darkness rising to swallow the light. The way in which all of the musical elements combine adds depth to the album.