ICS Vortex
Storm Seeker


3.0
good

Review

by scissorlocked USER (35 Reviews)
November 1st, 2011 | 18 replies | 4,382 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Storm seeking proves effective

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Vortex, aka Simen Hestnæs, the charismatic bassist-vocalist-whatever-else-comes-in-way Norwegian, doesn't really have anything to prove. From his Luciferian performance in the avante garde metallers Arcturus, to his stable career in the mainstream betrayers Dimmu Borgir, and even further to his early Lamented Souls recordings, he profoundly managed to create or perform memorable pieces all along his journey. Being torn between such unstoppable creative urges and obligations, with the mighty Borknagar as priority, he decided to put out Storm Seeker, his first work as a solo artist.

To those who admire Vortex's ability of adaptation to various styles, Storm Seeker will surely be an enjoyable listen. His vocal performance is unarguably brilliant and interesting to hang on to. Fierce when needed but always pompous and crystal clear in his accent, he successfully showcases a wondrous expressiveness, no matter how fast is the riffing behind him. His singing almost acts autonomous, creating a beautiful contrast with the music. Capable of expressing even playfulness on top of massive-sounding compositions, Vortex's performance on mic is clearly the album's strongest feature.

However, when it comes to songwriting, Storm Seeker hasn't anything special to offer. More like a tribute to Simen's involvement with the creme de la creme of the Norwegian black metal scene, the album gathers multiple elements of its creator's furious past. Some frenetic riffing here and there, some melodic leads intertwined with more classic metal guitar work and a vigorous rhythm section: that's a brief description of how the album generally sounds. It is neither badly-executed nor average. It's probable that Storm Seeker will satisfy listeners familiar with the modern metal standards, but that interest won't last for more than a week. With all its adequately performed madness, its proper production and tight songwriting, the record gets nowhere near the standards of albums Vortex has co-created with his fellow friends in his other bands. While not being a criterion on its own, such a claim rather supports Simen's inability to stand as a one-man-band, than wanting to compare such incomparable artists. And while songs like "When Suffled Off" or "Storm Seeker" stand as mirthful and carefully constructed compositions, they remain isles inside a vast ocean of just more-than-average material.However, what is pleasantly surprising is the fact that the album does get better after the second half. "Flaskeskipper" is quite interesting as a closure, before the funnily arpeggiated "Sub Mariner".

Fusing past and present material of Vortex's career, into a quite consistent but slightly forgettable whole, Storm Seeker isn't here to make a difference. But I'm sure that this wasn't its purpose from the very beginning. Simen Hestnæs wanted to navigate his new ship entirely alone. Aware of all the ever-dangerous maelstroms, he managed to end his journey, even half-crumbled.



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scissorlocked
November 1st 2011



3509 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This was a really quick write up(for my standards)

Here's some evidence.

When Suffled Off: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_LN4wTek0U

Storm Seeker: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Vz-ud3RnoA&feature=related

Enjoy!!

Maniac!
November 1st 2011



26250 Comments


lol this album

scissorlocked
November 1st 2011



3509 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It's not that bad...

Maniac!
November 1st 2011



26250 Comments


only .5 lower than your score

Hawks
November 1st 2011



35647 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Props for reviewing this one bro.

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Ire
November 2nd 2011



41754 Comments


lol

scissorlocked
November 2nd 2011



3509 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

thanks hawks



Voivod
Staff Reviewer
November 2nd 2011



6011 Comments


good review, pos.

I have the last Arcturus album and Origin from Borknagar, where ICS sung, I didn't enjoyed them as much as I expected, but i really can't tell if this was due to ICS's "love or hate" vocals.

I should re-listen them...

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Tyrael
November 2nd 2011



20828 Comments


Bawwww

Dummit
November 2nd 2011



351 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

the opening track frickin' ruled.

im getting this.

love me some Vortex.

scissorlocked
November 2nd 2011



3509 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

@Voivod: definitely check out Arcturus' La MasqueradeInfernale or The Sham Mirrors.Other than than ,knowing your music taste I think you'd also enjoy Lamented Souls

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
November 2nd 2011



6011 Comments


I have and thoroughly worship everything from Arcturus.

I know Lamented Souls by name, i will surely check them out.

Spag
June 27th 2012



1744 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Late post on this but yeah, I absolutely love this name. Not a single fucking filler track on the disc.

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Cells
June 27th 2012



1875 Comments


humpty tee dumpty

DarthMann
June 27th 2012



13815 Comments


gay

Oji
April 19th 2013



12 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Enjoyable, but quite forgettable. I was expecting more from mr. Hestnaes.

Spag
April 20th 2013



1744 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

I fucking love this.

sirsargentpepper
October 17th 2013



27 Comments


This album is pretty good. I really enjoy his vocals and im digging the progressive influences too!



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