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Sea
The Grip of Time
Type: CD
Company: Mighty Music
Release: 2017
Genre: Hard Rock
Reviewer: Eric Compton
Published: 4/19/2017
Moody hard rock from Denmark with a penchant for hooks and melody
Danish act Sea impressed the rock universe in 2014 with their self-titled debut album 'Sea'. The sophomore effort, 'The Grip of Time', was recorded by Jakob Winther (Lukas Graham) at Vibe Factory in Copenhagen and mastered by Alex Wharton at Abbey Road (Beatles). The band build on their penchant for hooks and classic hard rock stylings with this second effort. Vocalist Anders Brink is the essential mouth piece of the foursome, soaring with higher register vocals but utilizing a bluesy mid-register to enhance the mood and substance. I can hear everything from classic 80s arena rock to the raw and rugged tones of NWOBHM and late 70s metal showmanship. The band hit their stride early with lead-off single "Once We Were Dead", a centerpiece track that has an odd timing signature before running the rails on hot fretwork to close out the jam. Moody cuts like "No Dawn" recall early Y&T while effective hooks dominate songs like "Dust Will Fall". So, what's the problem? Brink over sings nearly the whole album and doesn’t have the experience (or patience) to let the songs build organically. The writing leaves a lot to be desired, but this is just record two and it's supposed to, right? Given enough guidance, bar-boogie years and better restraint, Sea should be bigger than their comparisons in Rival Sons.
About this Writer:
Eric Compton // Eric Compton lives in the most haunted city in the world, St. Augustine, Florida with his family and two yorkies. He has served as senior editor for MaximumMetal.com for nearly 10 years and is the author of the heavy metal book series--Denim & Letters. His reviews, interviews and social commentary has been featured on websites like Brave Words, Blabbermouth, Metal Temple, Metal Rules, Ultimate Metal, Metal Maniacs and Wikipedia.

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5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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2014
Eric Compton11/4/2014
The Grip of TimeSea
2017
Eric Compton4/19/2017


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