Seas of Conflict – Prometheus/ Eventide (2019)

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Seas of Conflict are New Zealand based and have a reputation for producing epic metalcore madness, as well as energetic and aggressive live performances.

What would be a good way to spend 11 minutes? Mind out of the gutter, thanks… Having a beverage? Watching your kids play without arguing? Seeing your favourite footy team triumph in a close game? Watching your mother-in-law pack her bags and drive up the road?

“Prometheus/ Eventide” are partner tracks that are 11 minutes in duration.

“Prometheus” blasts forward with an extremely catchy riff that is mischievously engaging. The vocals are relentless and assertive, with vocal elements like shrieks and growls used to augment the sound from the background.

The track is ever evolving in nature, shifting gears with surprising pace. It strikes me that much thought has been put into using the time available to its greatest effect. The musical engineering is impressive indeed, with the layers of the track and the use of balance of an extremely high standard.

Double kick drumming is used in places, but it’s not the pervading element. Again, it is used consciously to add precise value. The guitar work is also exquisite – intricately planned and executed.

The track is then stripped back, using less elements and the vocals seemed like cries from the background. Cleaner vocals are used as a counterpoint to what we’ve heard so far and the guitars are more melodic. It’s pleasant, but strangely haunting.

The track then steps up in intensity, before falling away and reverberating.

As an interlude between the tracks, we’re treated to a New Age-like section, that sucked me in at first, before unsettling me a little. It’s clever in its design, as at first glance it seems sweet, but it’s got an underlying sourness that is tasty indeed.

At this point, I was thinking, “Wait for it…” expecting the next explosion of sound. But…

“Eventide” washes forward with a comparatively cleaner instrumental and vocal style that really kicks. However, the track also has moments where the clean style walks alongside the heavier style simultaneously. Again, this is abundantly clever.

The track has an interlude in the middle, which is more melodic and simple in nature. The intensity then builds, whilst still retaining the calm elements. I got a sense of plaintive anguish as it progressed. The track falls away at the end into distorted oblivion.

If listened to separately, you’d have two very different views and resulting emotions. “Prometheus” would leave you feeling energised and pumped, after travelling through pain. “Eventide” would leave you feeling a little anguished, having explored feelings of melancholy and love. Together, they left me with a sense of satisfaction – that I had just completed a remarkable journey.

On this, lead vocalist Kody Naidoo says: “The two singles can be viewed as a conversation between two entities. ‘Eventide’ is an outcry of love, confessing vulnerability and affection, and ‘Prometheus’ “thunders into the dark depths of betrayal and hurt, using the story of the titular character from Greek Mythology as a metaphor…”

Separately, the tracks stand up as excellent pieces of work. Together, they are greater than the sum of their parts – synergy in action.

11 minutes isn’t a lot of time. These tracks are like a short story: straight to the point; action-packed; lots happening; occasional highs and lows; and with a quick resolution that left me feeling satisfied.

This is a fabulous way to spend 11 minutes.

8/10

Review by Greg Noble.

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