Seabound
No Sleep Demon


3.0
good

Review

by Acanthus USER (46 Reviews)
April 6th, 2011 | 30 replies


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A wonderfully ambient first offering that fails to live up to its potential in the end.

Hailing from Germany the duo Seabound have placed their flag firmly with the likes of Coventant, VNV Nation and Depeche Mode with their brand of synth heavy beats and monotone delivery. With such a laid back approach it makes for some amazing remix possibilities, tracks such as “Coward” rise above the mediocre and become entertaining dance tracks in capable hands. Where does that put Seabounds debut album No Sleep Demon though? Sadly it rests firmly in between the good and great categories.

The album opens with “Smoke” and introduces the softly sung/spoken whisper used by Frank Spinath. Barely intelligible (see italics) during “keep the fire burning, keep the smoke coming smoke” Spinath shows his own style of monotone while drawing comparisons with Eskil Simonsson of Covenant fame, though Spinath is far less powerful and emotional. The track is a strong opener, but ultimately the instrumental part truly show a glimpse of what is to come in later tracks, this ambiance being one of No Sleep Demons strongest points. Another thing that “Smoke” highlights is the lyrics, Seabound is not afraid to use their vocabulary to their advantage. The only true variation from the formula introduced here is the use of samples in the upbeat “Exorcise.” They prove to be a nice addition, but ultimately do nothing for the album except providing a bit of comedy in the line “jesus christ died with a hard on.”

The progression of the album is kept simple with the slow track “Point Break” providing the dividing line between sections. This only goes to showcase the back laden tendencies of the album, even being only 10 tracks the last six show far more of the bands potential. Tracks such as “Dunnocks” and “Hooked” feature some of the best, and rather comical at times, lyrical content to be found on the album as seen in “the richmans far to fat I don't like his grin, all the women try to mate with him.” The beats are far more prevalent than in the first half of the album, and the monotone vocals gain subtle levels of variation that add to the emotion of the tracks. Whatever the band decided to channel is shown in its fullest with the track “Torn.” Featuring the catchiest lyrics on the album the track builds momentum, throwing off the shackles of the beginning tracks to burst into the energy that is the aforementioned beats, synths, and emotion. With lines “if you love me you will find me” and “as white turns black I know it's light these pictures lack, a tree of life that has no leaves I'm feeling grief beyond belief” this is the perfect track for those interested in the band, and when remixed can dominate the dance floor.

Seabounds No Sleep Demon is comparable to a bag of marbles. When you first get them you're rather excited, and start to play with them all equally. Soon though you find yourself favoring that one catseye, or the one that looks like a cloud in summer and after a few days the rest of the marbles stay in the bag being ignored. While the album shows promise and ample amounts of ambiance I can't help but wonder what it would be like if it was filled with marbles that kept my attention, and that is ultimately its downfall.

Recommended Tracks
Torn
Dunnocks
Avalost


*If you have the chance check out the vocal version of “Avalost” found on the re-release No Sleep Demon V2, it's worth your time.



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Acanthus
April 6th 2011


9543 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Got problems? As always I'm here ready to fix things.

Torn: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=99F1OpCMcyk

Digging: The Knife - Deep Cuts

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
April 6th 2011


7110 Comments


[i]smoke[i/]” didn't work, other than that the pos should speak for itself.

Acanthus
April 6th 2011


9543 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thanks man I actually had just caught that, should be fixed now and glad you liked the review; I revised it about 4x before coming up with this. Sadly this isn't event he album I planned on reviewing, I just got into the mood for this.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
April 6th 2011


7110 Comments


i just did that with the Çapharnaum' review i just did, basically on a whim. but i don't like putting more than one review up a day. so the next one will have to wait.



No Sleep Demon is comparable to a bag of marbles

this line is gold.

Acanthus
April 6th 2011


9543 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I've only written ones for bands in this genre so I'm having trouble branching out while still maintaining my "eloquence"

I was hoping the comparison would work, as I love some tracks but as a whole it fails to impress.

pizzamachine
April 6th 2011


12571 Comments


Whoah, a Seabound review that isn't mine! Good job Acanthus, well-written! Pos.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
April 6th 2011


7110 Comments


yeah i sit in a metal themed world but then i have occasional left of field thoughts like doing a Rodrigo Y Gabriela(flamenco style) review or Dommin (goth rock). it's good though it keeps the brain working. See i ussually do metalcore reviews and capharnaum is my first dm review and im not that familiar with that specific genre but i gave it a spin anyway.

bloc
April 6th 2011


34951 Comments


I've heard V2.0 and it's boring as hell.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
April 6th 2011


7110 Comments


lol pizza,

Acanthus
April 6th 2011


9543 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thanks pizzamachine, I actually need to check out the rest of their discography as this is the only thing I've heard by them.

I used to have a really eclectic taste but it's been narrowed down as I get more picky and am exposed to more electronic music.

Edi: bloc you've kind've nailed them, as only a few tracks really stand out from that and this release.

bloc
April 6th 2011


34951 Comments


Double-Crosser is pretty good though.

You should check out the singer's other project Edge Of Dawn if you haven't, it's much more "action packed".

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
April 6th 2011


7110 Comments


bloc is rango?

Acanthus
April 6th 2011


9543 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Hmm I'll have to do that bloc, he could easily grow on me.

pizzamachine
April 6th 2011


12571 Comments


It's worth checking out better bands too... bands that are not this one.

Acanthus
April 6th 2011


9543 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I'm going to do that, though I lack knowledge about bands like this. Currently trying to find more of AXOE and it's like they never existed.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
April 6th 2011


7110 Comments


has anyone heard of "the green river project"?

bloc
April 6th 2011


34951 Comments


Ipod....the name's Rango.

I kind of like the idea of how minimal Seabound is, but I definitely think futurepop should be danceable and action packed in general.



NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
April 6th 2011


7110 Comments


nice bloc.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
April 7th 2011


7110 Comments


Has it been a while since you have written?

pizzamachine
April 7th 2011


12571 Comments


Haha he's never written.



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