Legend of the Seagullmen – Legend of the Seagullmen

Rating: 4/5
Distributor/label: Dine Alone Records
Distributor/label URL: http://www.dinealonerecords.com/
Released: 2018
Buy Album [URL]:http://dinealonerecords.com/releases/legend-of-the-seagullmen/
Band Website: http://legendoftheseagullmen.com/

Band Line-up:

David Dreyer – Vocals
Brent Hinds – Guitar
Jimmy Hayward – Guitar
Pete Griffin – Bass, Additional Vocals
Chris DiGiovanni – Synth, Additional Vocals
Danny Carey – Drums

Tracklisting:

1. We are the Seagullmen
2. The Fogger
3. Shipswreck
4. Curse of the Red Tide
5. Legend of the Seagullmen
6. The Orca
7. Rise of the Giant
8. Ballad of the Deep Sea Diver

Review: 

Did somebody just say Supergroup? I’m sure they did, and the hackles on the back of my neck just stood up too. Supergroup is a term bandied about by so many these days that it gets a tad boring. Yes! Roger Myarse is in this! Wow did you check out the solos by Klint Onefinger! Everyone is a star it seems, just chuck em in a room and you have a Supergroup.

And yet, having said that, holy fucking shit a bunch of fine people have got together to make this album, and some of them are quite impressive. Danny Carey is enough to get me to look, after all he is one of the finest drummers to ever grace this earth. Brent Hinds, yes he of the famous “I fucking hate Heavy Metal” quote, oh yeah and he’s also in that group called Mastodon (you may have heard of them) kicks in on the Guitar.

Joining them in this cinematic epic are movie director Jimmy Hayward (Jonah Hex), and Pete Griffin (Zappa Plays Zappa, Dethklok) on Bass. I was rather disappointed to note that he was not the Family Guy one but hey you can’t have it all. David “The Doctor Dreyer” fills it all out on the vocal side of things. I have no idea who he is but he sure can sing so that’s always a plus for a vocalist. Let us also not forget Chris DiGiovanni who handles all the keyboardy type of stuff, and some vocal work as well.

So Nautical themed shenanigans abound here folks, as you can no doubt tell by being very astute and reading the song titles. Still not convinced? Then have a listen as well to assure yourself that indeed I am correct. The album opens up like something straight out of a B grade psychedelic drug induced trip on the open ocean with a bunch of madmen, and pretty much continues in this vein as it goes along.

Warm fuzzy guitar tones weave in, around, and over the rock solid drums of Mr Carey and the unwavering bass lines to create an aural masterpiece worthy of the largest of oceans. Thematically consistent as previously alluded to, you won’t find much joy here unless you have a touch of the seafaring blood in ya, nah who am I kidding this is just all out fun. Not quite as hard and heavy as some of us may like, but still damn dirty enough for us to smell the rotting krill on their breath, Legend of The Seagullmen provide some great entertainment with this release.

My only complaint would be the vocals. Dave “The Doctor Dreyer” sounds a little bit like Rob Zombie at times, not a bad thing for some, but I much prefer his quieter moments such as on the superbly epic ‘Curse of the Red Tide’. One of the highlights of an album full of excellence, this one really gets the whole feel of what they have set out to achieve down pat. Combined with the skill sets of the musicians on display here one could almost liken it to a modern ‘Rime of the Ancient Mariner’, well almost but you get my drift.

Some of this is as rocky as all fuck, some of it is just beautiful, all tied together with an ongoing thread of the grandness of a movie that will one day be a cult classic for sure. Great imaginations have combined here to bring this vision to life, and I highly recommend that you give it a listen or three. Trust me you’ll have a whale of a time.

Review by The Great Mackintosh
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