Seyr – Flux (2022) – Review

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A ride on the wild side. That’s what the human soul sometimes fancies. It’s one of the reasons why people disappear on dangerous trips into the wilderness.1) Or they enjoy some bungie fun whilst jumping off perfectly fine bridges. Or – again – some find solace in discovering the scariest rollercoasters and ride them until the good doctor arrives.

But this is of course beyond the real urge of any reasonably maniacal metalhead. The RMR crew here likes to explore bands that kinda arrive out of nowhere with a style that’s way out there in metal space. Artists that are so underground, even ground-penetrating radar cannot find them anywhere. And Seyr here will fit right in. Strange excursions on a metalized planet called Flux. So, have we got mindless rule-breaking or trve metal excellence in the making? Beware the borrowing sandworms.

Flux is one of those records that made me almost forget to write the review. This often happens when complexity meets groove. A feat reserved for albums that manage to fascinate the hell out of you straight from the start and thus make you lose the sense for time and duties. That’s of course rough for those eagerly awaiting a heap of hopefully well-written wordsmithing. But what can you do when your senses are swamped? We only got 21 grams of soul and an attention span of some 30 seconds max.

Well, first and foremost, Seyr here hit you with a pig-headed approach to predominantly Progressive Metal with a serious alternative itch. It’s that road where Opeth meets a subdued Examinis eventually, studded with a wild succession of highly technical and reasonably melodic Death Metal and prog that’s often somewhat near the now-defunct Todtgelichter. All of that sails in on a remarkably clean production, heavy chugging guitars, and outstanding solos. Even the bass found its rock-solid place in the mix, and we appreciate that, as always.

And Flux doesn’t take prisoners. Fi:l – the starting shot of the album – just rocks off into the blue yonder – no ornaments or other shiny accouterments. That’s truly raw, straight-in-yer-face prog that might make the people from Haken grab a sturdier approach to their usual cockroach-filled fare. And we appreciate the broad swagger Seyr puts on display here. It takes courage to lead off with a 10-minute monster and not lose themselves in endless repetitions to nowhere. Instead, you get an ever-changing soundscape that meanders through different moods, clear-voice, and even a monologue that doesn’t kill the beast. All of that sails in on stellar riffing. And it comes not with one, but two solos – one by the lead guitar and the other delivered by the bass man.

Resonance with its dramatic mid-tempo heavy beat really impressed us with that dark, almost gloomy atmosphere. A bit of groove, some moody changes that roar forth with some heavy growls and shouted vocals. And again, some stellar tremolo-laden guitar work, backed by stellar drum support.

In other words, Flux ain’t yer mainstream easy rock piece. Instead, you got complexity and loads of it. Thus, the record might not be for the casual listener but more for a smaller crowd of prog connaisseurs. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing. And yet. Flux often races forward on a monster wave of so many ideas, the band around Sebastian Elm often risks getting lost in them. And whilst they showcase remarkable skill to bring this medley of thoughts and styles into some sort of a coherent mix, Seyr might very well lose some members of their limited fanbase quaking in their wake.

But the RMR crew here positively relished the complex yet emotional outbursts that this record is full of. The deliciously cranky Wassukanni2) might be a good go-to track to drive that point home alright. It positively gorges with rapid changes, highly technical Melodeath, punky core-ish grinding swankiness, and prog-infested metal goodness.

But Flux, the 9-minute title track, got us a fitting finale to an already impressive debut album. Dark utterings that go from smooth to harsh, epically atmospheric with a shamanic touch, to vile metal, it’s all there. But the essence of the record truly comes together on this last track. On top of it all, I fully buy into the band’s mentioning a steep learning curve to get to that level of mastery.

Ultimately, Flux is an impressive piece for a debut. It’s for sure not perfect, but nobody ever asked for that. Instead, true proggers will most probably relish the fares on offer here. But to reach a larger crowd outside nerd county, the band needs to emerge from that rock they’re currently hiding under. I don’t know, a decent site might be in order, get yourselves onto the Metal Archives. Activate your socials and drive them like nobody’s watching, that kind of thing.

RMR’s mutual soul, however, is sold. And we can’t wait to taste Seyr‘s sophomore effort, as far away in the future as this new project might still be. If ever it will reach our shores, that is.

Ed’s note: The record made it onto the 2022 Top 10 Records. Congrats!

Record Rating: 8/10 | Label: Self-Released | Web: Official Band Site
Release Date: 12 August 2022


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