Seek Irony - Everything We Are
Record Label: Aksel Records
Release Date: August 4, 2007
The single “Everything We Are” from the Israeli rock band Seek Irony featuring Ralph “Rab” Zogheib of the Lebanese rock band Blood Ink is an epic rock track that will give you chills. The music has firm, robust rhythmic stomps from bassist Daniel Strosberg and drummer Rom Gov with gristles of fiery guitar licks by Eran Muntner, wicking flints akin to Rammstein. The opulent keyboard tiers performed by Yoav Vollansky and vocal arches from Rab and Seek Irony’s singer Kfir Gov soar massively while powered by bone-shaking conviction. The song is intense with a positive charge circuiting the lyrics, “Silence, silence of the lambs – marching the march of pain / They who follow those who live for dying / Are the only to blame / Now, now we collide, here come the rain again.” The words are inspired by the continued fighting between the governments of Israel and Lebanon and the sacrificing of lives on both sides. The music conveys what it’s like to feel shattered and still have the persistence of a strong will to pull out of the carnage.
The front cover shows the shadow of two little boys reaching out to each other as debris are littered around them. The surreal image is reflective of Kfir and Rab’s friendship. They contacted each other through myspace and began collaborating on music together. Originally “Everything We Are” was to be recorded by both Blood Ink and Seek Irony, but Rab’s bandmates pulled out of the collaboration. Rab held steadfast and recorded vocals for the track, which Kfir then mixed for the final version.
What I’ve heard from Middle Eastern bands is very ethnic sounding, but this collaboration takes hard rock/nu metal into the world music arena. Released by Aksel Records, the single has rock pockets as deep as Opeth and as stimulating as Rammstein, but the soul pervading in the track’s conviction is all Seek Irony and Rab. It is a really fine piece that I was surprised to hear coming from Middle Eastern musicians and songwriters. I wish they had done more.