Today, Artofact Records sets February 8th, 2019 as the international release date for the highly anticipated second album of Vancouver's Seer, Vol. 6, on CD and vinyl LP formats.
Formed in the autumn of 2014, doom metal outfit Seer have curated an eclectic sound across three EPs and a full-length record, punctuating traditional doom and glacial sludge with both clean and harsh vocals, folk passages and ambient meditations. The Canadian quintet comprises vocalist Bronson Lee Norton, guitarists Peter Sacco and Kyle Tavares, bassist Josh Campbell, and drummer Madison Norton, and cite bands like Black Sabbath, Candlemass, Taake, Dokken, Queensryche, Bathory, The Ruins of Beverast, Blue Oyster Cult, Dissection, and (of course) King Crimson as influences.
But as with any strong music scenes, the one Seer finds itself in draws its strength from the incestuous relationships between bands. Seer members also play in Black Wizard, Wormwitch, Empress, Heron, and many others, making for wild tours, insane late-night jams, and a cauldron on creativity that is unrivaled.
The current Seer sound incorporates black metal and NWOBHM influences whilst staying true to the doom and sludge sound that birthed the band. In 2018, the band recorded their latest album, a record dubbed simply Vol. 6, and signed with Toronto-based Artoffact Records (Dead Quiet, Xandria, The Sorrow, Front Line Assembly). The album was produced by Jordan Koop (Wolf Parade, Lié, The Courtneys), with stunning cover art by Caué Piloto (Jupiterian), and mastered by Joel Grind (Toxic Holocaust).
Kyle Tavares expands on the album’s themes: "Vol. 6 tells the story of a monk who belongs to a monastery built upon the tallest mountain on the planet. This monk has been chosen to make pilgrimage to the peak of the mountain where lies the power to return their world to a golden age long past. This pilgrimage is taken once each decade, and no monk has ever returned from his journey and completed the quest. The main theme is dogma and the consequences of accepting rigid principles one must not stray from."
The CD version will include the entirety of Vol. 5 as bonus tracks. Preorder info for both formats can be found HERE.