Volume III & IV: Cult of the Void
(Art of Propaganda)
Seer’s Volume III & IV: Cult of the Void is a melodic trip through some really heavy atmospheric sludge. The album has a diverse spectrum of tones and emotions throughout its 46 minutes. There’s more here than melodramatic plummets into hopelessness and despair. The first half of the album is an empowering force of heavy jams with lively riffs. Bronson Lee Norton’s range can soar to uplifting places while the band powers through some lengthy tracks. As easy as it is for Norton to belt out a poppy high note, he can dive down into some raspy screams.
As the album progresses, I find it’s difficult to place a label on the band’s forte. They bounce around often between ambient post-rock and doom trodden material conjuring similarities to Crowbar and Agalloch from one measure to the next. Although most of the songwriting hinges on simplistic composition, Seer utilizes their eclectic style to unleash some exceptional progressive moments that reveal the arsenal of talent in this band. Volume III & IV: Cult of the Void is an excellent album.