A very interesting experimental post doom metal band comes from Salzburg, Austria. This two-men band was formed in the end of 2011, under the name Sea of Disorder, by Robert and Christian. They want to experiment with post rock, doom metal and atmospheric music and in 2012 they finished their debut 4-track EP, entitled “Sea of Disorder“. They signed a deal with the French label Le Crépuscule du Soir Productions and their album was physically released on March 2013.
“Sea of Disorder” contains only four songs, but it lasts for over 27 minutes. The band has a very atmospheric experimental approach and their sound is very good for this style and especially since it’s their first material! It’s not easy to describe their music; almost everything in this album is based on emotion and atmosphere. According to the band members this EP is “about something awakening deep below the Sea, as a metaphor for the beast that slumbers in every human being and is being suppressed by the daily circumstances that are going on in everyday’s life that block the real emotions and feelings people would and should have“. Well, nothing can describe better their atmosphere! Their music in mostly instrumental, with acoustic and distorted guitars, drums, synths and various sound effects. The few vocals are on the brutal side, closer to doom death metal style, contributed by the guest singer, Loïc Rossetti (The Ocean). There are parts where their sound is closer to post rock, parts when doom metal guitars and brutal vocals are dominant and parts when their music is ambient or shoegaze. The first song ”Chapter I – Frozen Tide” is a 7-minute completely instrumental song, with only a few spoken lyrics, while the second one “Wor-Ship” is a 2 minute ambient experimental song with whispered words in the background. The next one is the 4-minute “Chapter II“, for which you can see the video below and the closing track is the 13-minute “Chapter III – Reinvigoration / Thalassophobia“, the more versatile song of the band, where all of its different styles are combined. The few lyrics of the album are all in English.
Sea of Disorder has released a very atmospheric debut EP that fans of experimental post doom will most probably enjoy. I liked it, even if it’s not in my favorite genres and I believe I understood it’s unique atmosphere. “Sea of Disorder” is released by Le Crépuscule du Soir Productions in a limited to 1000 copies digipak edition, without booklet. The beautiful cover photo is shot by Sabrina Hubmann. In order to get a taste of their music you can watch the wonderful video below, or visit their official profiles for more info and details.