Sealedfortheday is doing something very smart in my opinion. They released their first EP of 2019 entitled WhoiAm back in March and it is their sixth overall. There are some realities musicians need to face. The fact is that since music is basically free these days coupled with its easy accessibility, people aren’t listening to albums like they used to.
Before digital buying music was an experience. You would go to a record store, weigh your options, make your purchase and that effort translated into spending a lot of time with the album because it was an investment. If you don’t have hundreds of thousands of fans I think making shorter EPs is a good way to go. The brevity can be more powerful, effective and leave you anticipating another release. I think this is what Sealedfortheday has done over their career.
The band comprised of Red (guitar/vocals), James Folk (bass) and Scott Fugate (drums) deliver three songs on their latest EP coming in at around eleven minutes long in total. It’s to the point with no extra fat.
They start with “Conqueror” where the band builds a very Zeppelin-esque like atmospheric build before exploding. The verse is a crunchy ’70s inspired groove and the band barely lets it settle in before switching to a different riff. It’s a strong song with plenty of changes and transitions paced into the time frame.
They sound a little folk inspired on “NEW.” The mix of electric and acoustic guitars works well in the song. They find a number of great riffs but I really appreciated the rolling percussion elements that were mixed in with the acoustic guitar. The band closes with the ballad-esque “CHILD.” This song might contain some of their most beautiful as well as darker moments and contains deep lyrics.
The band continues to carve out a sound for themselves with this release which is another testament to their talent.
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