by Ana Krunic
Vancouver local doom metal group Seer has been relentlessly prolific since their initial release of Vol. 1 in 2015. Since then, their anguished sounds have produced four more volumes, with Vol. 6 coming out February 8 via Artoffact Records. Their sound is emblematic of their Pacific Northwest roots, stories told over an expansive and morose soundscape. Sludge and black metal influences are clear, as well as something along the lines of fellow doomsters Pallbearer and Bell Witch, but it remains Seer’s own distinct kind of gloom.
As their albums are simply named as volumes, their lyrics follow a vaguely common narrative throughout. This narrative is not something entirely tangible, but there seems to be some kind of mythos emerging as they keep writing.
“The Seer lore is something that grows with every release,” explains Kyle Tavares, founding member and one of the minds behind Seer.
“Initially, we weren’t entirely sure where it was headed, and every new song pushed the story along. For the past few releases, however, we developed the ‘big picture’ ahead of time and fleshed it out as we wrote the music. Who ‘The Seer’ is hasn’t been explicitly revealed yet.”
From their debut album up until the single “Seven Stars, Seven Stones,” which has come ahead of their impending album, they haven’t stuck to one kind of doom sound – whether it be stoner, funeral, or sludge, they’ve glided across subgenres as they’ve gone along.
“The tempos on Vol. 6 feel quicker than our previous releases,” says Tavares. “I think that has a lot to do with the black metal and traditional metal influences, as well as our conscious effort to inject a different kind of energy into Seer. We’ve been moving away from ‘stoner’ influences since Cult of the Void, and I think it really shows on Vol. 6.”
They themselves have described their music as “sonic evocation.” Rather than naming any specific genre, their concept as a band being more holistic than sharply pointed.
“The human mind is incredible for a number of reasons, one being the power of imagination,” he says. “Not only are we able to create imaginary worlds within our minds, but some of us also have the ability to convey those worlds to others. There is a realm that can’t be visited in the flesh where exists all the fiction created by mankind. If you are to visualize this realm as a kind of cloud drive for all the fictional works in history – whether the source be books, films, or music – the magnitude alone makes us question our definition of what it is to be ‘real.’ Since the band’s inception, Seer has always had this realm of imagination in mind. Our goal is to bring our fictitious world to life sonically, visually, and lyrically.”
You can catch Seer alongside Conan and Bushwhacker on February 28 at the AstoriaAstoria, seer