The Seeking - Yours Forever
Record Label: Razor & Tie
Release Date: November 6, 2012
Recent signees of Razor & Tie, The Seeking is a band that seems a bit torn by their influences. On one hand, they rock a pretty smooth pop sound that draws from bands like Sleeping with Sirens, while on the other hand they seem pretty insistent on drawing a bit from heavier bands in the form of aggression via breakdowns. And while their debut LP Yours Forever is a bit tattered and torn in terms of cohesiveness, there are moments where you can’t help but be intrigued by the band’s abilities in terms of songwriting and musicianship.
The title track gets off to a bit of a rough start, but the gripping riff makes it a tough track to deny when the band hits full steam. The bumping pulse of the track explodes on the soaring chorus as The Seeking seem to fire on all cylinders when they aren’t attempting to dice things up with their heavier influences. The guitar solo is an interesting touch as well considering it isn’t really innately tied to either of their two worlds, per se. It sets up an interesting contrast between the band’s fluffier moments and their leanings into more aggressive territory. In all honesty, the band seems a bit more at home in the edgy pop-rock heard on tracks like “You Won’t Bring Me Down” or in bits of “Take It From Me” and “So Cold”. Even the slower sways of “Change My Ways” and the stomping ballad “Alone” make for a better home of this band as opposed to the sluggish, forced bits of heaviness that feel more like obligations than aspirations.
Vocally, the band seems to have a crown jewel of sorts in the cleans here, as the register-teetering vocal lines aren’t necessarily pulling from one or two places. Knowing when to let those higher notes fly can be a bit of a challenge, and these guys seem to know when and how to tap into their vocalist’s abilities if they need too. The screams are decent, but if anything they fit enough to where things don’t get totally derailed when those heavy parts come in. On that same note though, this is a band just now getting to making it’s first full-length, and with that comes some obvious growing pains. Lyrically, this album seems well-intentioned, but in its execution is a bit flat and lacking in the originally department. Couple that with some moments where the songwriting is not quite tuned in – even when in the poppier moments – and the blow by blow path of these tracks isn’t always as smooth as they could be.
Though not a complete disaster, there’s still enough to make parts of Yours Forever a decent start for The Seeking. It’ll be interesting to see how they form their sound from here, but here’s to hoping they focus a bit more on their strengths instead of trying to win over crowds with flash in the pan antics in their songwriting.
This review is a user submitted review from Jason Gardner. You can see all of Jason Gardner's submitted reviews here.
Would've given maybe a 75%-80%. Clean vocals are excellent and most of the choruses are very untypical. Although I am a huge fan of heavy music I agree that the screams don't quite work well here. He's a fine screamer but not many of the heavy parts seem fluid with the rest of the music.
I am a big fan of this album. Love the cleans and while the heavy parts aren't too fluid, the combination of such a drastic contrast is something that is pretty unique in the scene. I would give it a 75%.