Legend of the Seagullmen
Legend of the Seagullmen


2.0
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by Chamberbelain CONTRIBUTOR (196 Reviews)
February 8th, 2018 | 41 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: What do you call a man with a seagull on his head...

...Cliff.

Reading that joke and rolling your eyes was a more worthwhile investment of time than listening to the debut album by Legend of The Seagullmen. You’re welcome. Not only because most people would generally prefer to hear an album released by each participating member’s band than a collaborative album of said members released under the guise of a supergroup, but because the existence of “Legend of the Seagullmen” is about as pointless as the existence of seagulls themselves.

Naturally, there are exceptions concerning the point of supergroups; Down and Bloodbath are two groups that have gained such an impressive title that they are celebrated nearly as much as the bands that first sprouted them. Yet, even with Legend of the Seagullmen’s combination of high-profile names in heavy metal- Brent Hinds (Mastodon), Danny Carey (Tool), Pete Griffin (Dethklok) and Jimmy Hayward (‘Horton Hears a Who’ director), this supergroup fails to ignite a spark of aptitude that their correlative bands display. Luckily, everything that makes this album sound so annoying can be blamed on the band’s enigmatic, emblematic frontman known conveniently as ‘The Doctor’, who is seemingly responsible steering the lore and weirdness of the songs across this album.

Other than creating the song’s concepts, The Doctor accomplishes little. His voice is relatively unvarying except for the closer, “Ballad of the Deep Sea Diver”, where he twists into a Nick Cave-esque murder ballad while the lyrics focus heavily on repetition during choruses and verses alike on the remaining songs over the course of the band’s debut. Similarly, Danny Carey’s proficiency behind the drumkit is barely recognisable, revealed only in the faster moments of the title track and “The Fogger”, which features curious, tentative patterns. Supported by Hayward, Brent Hinds’ presence, however, is covered over this album, almost to the point of excess, if such a word can be applied to such a man. Crazy, colourful, corkscrewing guitar solos erupt in tracks such as “Shipwrecked”, “Curse of the Red Tide” and “Rise of the Giant Squid”, breathing life into these otherwise middling arty punk rock songs. When he’s not careering off the edge of the map, Brent provides simplistic, strong, stomping riffs in tracks such as during “The Orca”.

Furthermore, with a film-maker and a bunch of members renowned for their sonically illustrative music, “Legend of the Seagullmen” does have a cinematic atmosphere to it which is admittedly enhanced by the album’s conceptual plot- but in the same sort of way that Sharknado still has a concept behind it. Numerous samples of the cawing seaside demons can be heard as well as the creaking wood of ships sailing across treacherous seas, whale song, the tolling of a ship’s bell and even the sound of oxygen pumped through a diving suit. All this emphasises The Seagullmen’s oceanic soundscape and progresses The Doctor’s story-telling, however, in the grand scheme of things these small additions amount to little significance. Immersive, this record is not.

Overall, this album finds itself in a balancing act between novelty and light-hearted professionalism. Some will find “Legend of the Seagullmen” an enjoyable experience crafted by a few of their favourite musicians; others will argue that the scales have been tipped towards the novelty side and find its ridiculousness is what makes the albums sound so unenticing. Whichever side you take, you’ll still be left waiting for the next Tool album.



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Chamberbelain
Contributing Reviewer
February 8th 2018


106 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Released tomorrow. Streaming here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PLW_fqGOQnQbawJ_Ik3eMlTZRZsPYhKM8Y&v=-lNqicJOvR8

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Papa Universe
February 8th 2018


17626 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

this was necessary and inevitable

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TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
February 8th 2018


24215 Comments


FIRST OFF why you comin' at Seagulls like that in the first para?

SECONDLY what douche who isn't doing a Doctor Who cosplay refers to himself unironically as "The Doctor"?

THIRDLY this was a very good review.

mindpos

SteakByrnes
February 8th 2018


13240 Comments


I like the band name

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NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
February 8th 2018


8869 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Whichever side you take, you’ll still be left waiting for the next Tool album.




This is me, invisipos.

Rowhaus
February 8th 2018


1730 Comments


perfect intro

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ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
February 8th 2018


11546 Comments


why you comin' at Seagulls like that in the first para? [2]

Good review though, I was kinda interested in this, not even for the people involved but for the nautical concept, but there's just not a lot going for it. Also avoid the live performances they're a train wreck.

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Dewinged
February 8th 2018


11235 Comments


#freeseagulls ! [3]

Good review Chamber. It is plain to see Hinds wants to do another Leviathan, Let's do it Brent.



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NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
February 8th 2018


8869 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Waiting for someone to get called a pelican....

robotmagician
February 8th 2018


903 Comments


i wish this was a brent hinds solo project with him on vocals. would have been way more interesting (and better)

Hawks
February 8th 2018


60821 Comments


Was gonna jam but now I'm not lol.

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ChrimzonCanine
February 8th 2018


11 Comments


Well this is weird...

HarryBoBerry
February 8th 2018


600 Comments


Yeah ditto what Hawks said. Nevermind.

DDDeftoneDDD
February 9th 2018


2085 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"because the existence of “Legend of the Seagullmen” is about as pointless as the existence of seagulls themselves."



We can get that you don't like this, but there's no need to disregard an entire specie just to get your point on a band. This could be the most incredible band in the world and still every living creature would be more important.



Or maybe i just don't know enough about seagulls and their pointlessness in the planet as you lol

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DDDeftoneDDD
February 9th 2018


2085 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This could be the most incredible band in the world and still every living creature would be more important.



except for roaches...ahahah

garas
February 9th 2018


53 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

All in all, I liked this album: it's not great, but good.



Except 'Shipswreck', 'Rise of the Giant Squid' and 'Ballad of the Deep Sea Driver' the whole album was extremly boring... I expected something much better :|

DDDeftoneDDD
February 9th 2018


2085 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

yeah...and more rock than metal per se...not sure if i'll listen more to this. Maybe a song or 2...

Willie
Moderator
February 9th 2018


17609 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It's not terrible, it's just not Tool meets Mastodon good... but what could be? This is more like Wes Borland's Big Dumb Head band. Just a bunch of guys getting together for some tongue-in-cheek jams.



DDDeftoneDDD
February 9th 2018


2085 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

agreed...Tool meets Mastodon good would've been goooood! But their focus on here is clearly to get a Western Spaghetti SeaPirates vibe (????!!!???)...would be a cool soundtrack to a movie that was never made lol in a genre that don't exist either

DinosaurJones
February 9th 2018


9940 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

In one ear and out the other... very little stood out.



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