Sean Hall
Terrestrial


3.5
great

Review

by Rafael Moreira USER (11 Reviews)
September 27th, 2012 | 14 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Terrestrial is solid, refined and genuine.

Sean Hall, ex-Elitist. After being a positive presence in Elitist’s Caves and Earth, Sean decided to go solo for the sake of his professional goals. Terrestrial is the result of more than one year of songwriting, recordings and production.

Terrestrial opens up with a simple introduction that goes by the name of Terraform. From the first minute, literally, it’s noticeable that Sean heavily relies on Djent to deliver. Such fact is far from surprising, as he walked amongst the boys of Elitist, which can be described as a bunch of Djentlemen themselves (pardon me the French). Despite the similarities, when Arrival drops, it also gets obvious how Terrestrial is the result of a different, perhaps more focused approach.

Terrestrial has in fact the linearity that you wouldn’t expect out of anything Elitist might put out anytime soon. As a result, either it’s the beautiful melodic Orrery or the lively Xenomorph, or any other song for that matter; you will easily get familiar with the riffs, the structures, the whole mood Terrestrial engulfs you in. Onward, fair is to state that Sean Hall delivers with high expertise in all departments. The drums are precise, well executed and sound wonderful in the mix. The bass remains an active presence throughout, and of course, the guitars are well executed. The purpose put into the rhythmic guitars is obvious, like so everything was cautiously planned. The layering of lead guitars and ambiences is what gives Terrestrial its’ color, and it is there where Sean displays the sophistication of his vision. Take Orrery as an example of guitar layering done right (so right). For production matters, Sean went after his good friend Diego Farias (Volumes) to give him a little help. Having that said, Terrestrial is nearly flawless, but surprisingly enough for something this Djenty , it’s not too polished and still holds up a raw sound pretty well. Good stuff. In Terrestrial every track has its’ own strengths (and well, weaknesses if you will), but it all comes down to which track seduces you more. Each one of them is presented with distinctive riffs that eventually grow in you for their beauty and/or catchiness. Sean elegantly sweeps and soloes throughout the 15 minutes, never going too over the top. One track that must be referred to as a showcase of Sean’s prowess at its’ finest is New World, in which Sean’s capabilities as a guitarist come into evidence. It is also a great finisher for this experience.

Despite the very achievable chugs and the track-long breakdowns, there is a lot to be looking at here. It’s not pretentious at all; it’s very authentic, balanced and fully hearted. There’s always an atmosphere flowing, almost acting as a backbone, something that helps Terrestrial reach a higher sense of existence and purpose. Terrestrial is beautiful, almost as in “simplicity is beauty”. This is one great effort, by one very capable musician.



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TheMoreira
September 27th 2012


7177 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

This guy worked hard on this, support him if you like his sound. Terrestrial is selling at 5 bucks
online. *hint hint*

Here's a playthrough he made for Terraform & Xenomorph:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cuwcp-3bsKQ

If you dig anything from Fellsilent to August Burns Red, this might get pretty interesting.



TheNotrap
September 27th 2012


8108 Comments


Good work man, have a pos.
I check that link tomorrow.

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TheMoreira
September 27th 2012


7177 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Thanks mate.

Nocturnal
September 27th 2012


1329 Comments


Djent=Gay

mindleviticus
September 27th 2012


8237 Comments


Yeah this pretty good, but there is so little of it and sometimes it gets way too polished :[ want moooooore

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Omaha
Staff Reviewer
September 28th 2012


10211 Comments


Oooh, maybe I should check this out.

ChuckyTruant
September 28th 2012


15719 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

its really solid. has some stellar riffs

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sexpoi
September 28th 2012


599 Comments


yeah, that one riff in New World is so nice. I've had this for a bit and still find myself going back to listen to that track but all the tracks are solid

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
September 28th 2012


10211 Comments


This album's pretty cool. No need to listen to it a second time, but it's fun.

TheMoreira
September 29th 2012


7177 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Agree with pretty much everything you guys said. Sean is about to start working on a new project with Elitist's own Julian Rodriguez, stay put for that!

sspedding
December 28th 2012


4766 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this is really great.

TheMoreira
December 28th 2012


7177 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

False Mirrors are releasing a new single in January, and Sean is working on a Terrestrial II. Lets see whats the outcome of those!

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
May 25th 2013


21255 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

very nice stuff. thanks for the rec moreira

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TheMoreira
May 25th 2013


7177 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Cheers bro.



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