Sea of Treachery
Welcome To Wonderland


2.0
poor

Review

by Steven Spedding USER (17 Reviews)
December 28th, 2010 | 28 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Sea Of Treachery succeed in somehow making themselves less relevant than before.

A number of line up changes have not helped the creative dynamic of Kentucky based metalcore stalwarts Sea Of Treachery. There has seemingly been a revolving door policy since the 2008 release of "At Dagger's Dawn". A complete overhaul of the line up led to long delays in the writing and recording of follow up album "Welcome To Wonderland". Incessant wrangling with their former label Sumerian brought about a change in Sea Of Treachery's record label as they were picked up by BlkHeart. This change was an opportunity for Sea of Treachery to distance themselves from the reputation they had garnered for being a breakdown obsessed, flavour of the month for scenesters all over the world. This was an opportunity to perhaps begin a new chapter for Sea Of Treachery, adopt a new direction and win over the many critics who discredited their early material.

Instead, Sea Of Treachery recruited members formerly of As Blood Runs Black and Jamie's Elsewhere. This quickly eliminated all prospect of the band taking a new direction. So, two years down the line, what is the product of an essentially new look outfit? Unfortunately it seems as if none of the previous members ever left. No initiative has been taken in the creative direction of the band. Still present are the monotonous, one paced breakdowns and open string juns of old. Barring the occasional, fitting melodic sweep of lead guitarist Voice Gajic and the generally sound performance of All Shall Perish's newest recruit Adam Pierce, Sea of Treachery deliver one of the most tepid instrumental performances of 2010. What becomes obvious from the outset is the band's complete disregard for using transitions. Time and again, the songs will annoyingly flit between chorus and verse with little or no fill.

"Welcome To Wonderland" begins surprisingly strongly as Gajic comes up with a flash opening lead for title track "Welcome To Wonderland". He has long since displayed his ability to write intricate, melodic death metal style leads during his time with As Blood Runs Black but also evident was an inability to come up with something with any sort of imagination on a consistent basis. While Gaijic is a more than technically proficient guitar player, he has previously epitomised the 'one trick pony' with his linear songwriting and he does nothing but support this prejudgement as "Welcome To Wonderland" is nothing more than an amalgamation of near identical neo gothenburg melodic leads throughout.

The scratchy lead vocals of Alex Huffman are not helped by the weak production. They are left sounding flat and amateurish while it is a mixed bag for new clean vocalist Chris Paterson. His hoarse cleans sound much more suited to squeezing out higher notes than the quieter lows. The soaring chorus' of "A Lifetime Ago" and "Up Next On The Violence Channel" reveal an undoubted prowess in delivering higher pitch vocal lines, however too much of his time is spent in a far less convincing lower pitch tones. In truth, Paterson's significant limitations are exposed all too often. There are several incidences such as that in "Seven" where Paterson goes completely out of tune and makes one wonder whether the vocal delivery of the early tracks have only been achieved through an excessive use of an autotuner. It is also mind boggling as to why these imperfections have not been ironed out during the mixing and production. It reeks of carelessness.

After such an extended period away from music following Sea Of Treachery's debut album they have done nothing with the release of "Welcome To Wonderland" but lower their already dwindling profile in the metalcore scene. One thinks should there be anymore lineup casualties there may no longer be the basis to continue on with a Sea of Treachery.

Recommended tracks:
Welcome To Wonderland
Up Next On The Violence Channel
A Lifetime Ago



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sspedding
December 28th 2010


4773 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Also, the less said about the album cover the better.

vanderb0b
December 28th 2010


3473 Comments


Never listened to these guys, review convinced me to keep it that way, nice job. Also, album art is absolutely terrible.

bloc
December 28th 2010


34951 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Nice review man, this album turned out better than I thought.

djunior
December 28th 2010


812 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

lol @ the album artwork.
lol @ the music

Digging: The Boston Strangler - Fire

GhettoIndieshit
December 28th 2010


507 Comments


holy shit, this finally came out?

sspedding
December 28th 2010


4773 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

the guy looks like two face with one face.

skinthief
December 29th 2010


14 Comments


Album art isn't that bad.

Oh wait, I actually looked at it, yes it is.

Spec
December 29th 2010


27211 Comments


I was hoping for some improvement tbh. Never expect anything from metalcore I guess.

TBliss
December 29th 2010


987 Comments


Good review man. Wont bother with this.

sspedding
December 29th 2010


4773 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

thanks guys, it probably isn't worth your time.

LG
December 29th 2010


3049 Comments


I only listened to their cover of Paramore. Doubt I'll bother with this, good review.

sspedding
January 3rd 2011


4773 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

they were practically a different band when they recorded that.

atavisticguilt
January 11th 2011


139 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

it wasnt the worst thing ever... i liked the more techy approach but those cleans were terrible and the writing could have been better with said techy approach.

bennyola09
January 25th 2011


249 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i love this album! but then again i still enjoy myself some at daggers drawn as well, love huffmans screams, it just suits this style of music well. Glad he was the one member they kept

BringMeTheWaffles.
February 17th 2011


221 Comments


The musical aspect to this album is really well executed, but the vocals...ugh.

sspedding
February 24th 2011


4773 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

what is this

zer0limit
June 9th 2011


101 Comments


I was just bullshitting around on facebook today and never realized that these guys got this big. I went to highschool with 2 of these guys in the band; Cory and Alex. My friends and I had our own ska band at the time and would play along side them during school talent shows and such...

crazy shit...

Spec
June 15th 2011


27211 Comments


This band couldn't be anymore irrelevant.

sspedding
August 4th 2011


4773 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

i upset anyone lool

J0ckstrapsFTW
December 2nd 2011


3652 Comments


This is really bad... i was excited for this and then.... dissapointment




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