Seed From The Geisha

Talk Peace To The Wolf

Written by: TL on 30/08/2012 14:01:00

Words like post-grunge and nu-metal have largely become taboo in the current music scene and with the common consensus being that both genres are dead, pundits abstain from using such terms almost as much as bands try to avoid getting labeled with them. Personally, I think the music scene is kidding itself, for while the mentioned styles may hardly act at the forefront of trendsetting at the moment, there are plenty of their elements still being carried forward by bands from the segment one could call 'radio ready modern hard rock'. America's Sent By Ravens exhibited this somewhat, as does England's InMe and so did Denmark's own Silence Of September.

The same goes, if you ask me, for French quintet Seed From The Geisha, whose album "Talk Peace To The Wolf" is a year late to arrive at, having been released all the way back in March of 2011. The band of course labels itself "Rock / Prog" and refers to influences such as Tool, Thrice and Oceansize, but if you ask me the backbone of the sound they showcase well through the first half of the album is just as easily - perhaps even more so - compared to bands like Sent By Ravens, Exit Ten and InMe. The latter comes to mind quickly indeed, due to the tendency SFTG shows for veering off into progressive territory on a number of occasions.

The recording is good for a band I had never heard about prior to receiving their album, both the playing and singing is relatively potent and the inclusion of various orchestral segments backing the sound up at times, seems to suggest that the band has considerable ambitions with this effort. Unfortunately, I have to say that I think their success will be domestic at best, simply because "Talk Peace To The Wolf" lacks the necessary defining moments to lend the band international format. For a band like this, who plays a relatively accessible proggy hard rock, it just has to be a handicap that after a week of frequent spins, I still have trouble identifying any great melodies or lines of lyrics from the record, and would indeed have trouble picking the band out from a line-up of similar acts if I were forced to do so on a blind listen.

Some classic rock groove is snuck into "Shades" and opening duo "Heads Or Tails" and "Feather" show that SFTG do have at least some decent melodies in them, but overall the characteristic features of the album are not pronounced enough for my taste. So while I think fans of the genre will have no problem pumping fists and banging heads to this on occassion, "Talk Peace To The Wolf" eventually appears to me as an album that will not be remembered for long after its first few spins.

Download: Heads Or Tails, Feather
For The Fans Of: InMe, Sent By Ravens, Exit Ten, Malrun

Release Date 31.03.2011
M&O Music Label

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