Seidr - For Winter Fire
A collaborative doom project between Austin Lunn (Panopticon) and Crow from Wheels Within Wheels, Seidr is a brief slab of no frills rock, with some added melodic overtones that help make the seven songs on "For Winter Fire" enough to get the idea that this was a project that produced massive results. This is a record that takes chances within the their chosen genre, and expands its possibilities by drawing from other styles.
"A Gaze at the Stars" and "Stream Keeper" are probably the best songs, but none of them really miss the mark. The somber but fuzzy guitars and a rhythm section that is more tasteful than pummeling offer many highlights of reverb and melody not found on a typical doom record. If they were aiming for heavy with a more jagged, post-rock feel, Seidr achieved their goals.
"For Winter Fire" will appeal to more than just doom fans; psych, shoegaze and ambient fans will find echoes of their favorite sounds here. Seidr may only be a one-off, but it might be one of those collectors items down the road if enough good word gets out.
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