27 Million (EP)
Released 7 Jul 2023
Mixed vocals

Seyr – 27 Million (EP): You read about them here first

My journey with Seyr commenced with Flux, the debut by the German-Syrian progressive metal outfit. Even though it has been a year since that initial encounter, the impact remains fresh in my mind. I found myself repeatedly drawn back to Flux immersing myself in its depths and ultimately recognizing it as one of my personal standout albums of 2022.

However, it's crucial to acknowledge that Flux had its share of flaws: it had the tendency to drag a bit, some highs remained rather flat and overall it lacked variation. But I stuck with the album and heard something that apparently only a handful of progmetal enthusiasts seemed to hear: there's shiny gold beneath this thin layer of dust. "Wipe off the dust, my guys", I thought to myself often. "Show the world!"

Remarkably, Seyr doesn't appear to be dwelling on why their previous release failed to catapult them to stardom. Instead, one year after their first, they return with 27 Million, a strikingly concise EP spanning only a mere 16 minutes. Admittedly, its brevity may initially raise eyebrows. However, at the time of writing I find myself embarking on my 35th playthrough. So if I have dedicated 35 listens to this 16-minute EP, it follows that the cumulative enjoyment time can be calculated using the simple equation x = 35 * 16. Astonishingly, the result of x is nearly equivalent to the duration of watching the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy. Nearly. But then again, that trilogy did cost 93 million U.S. dollars. So unless Seyr's EP title alludes to its production cost, I doubt, money-wise, we're talking anything close to the same ballpark here. Yet it manages to keep me occupied for such a long time and I'm not thinking of slowing down just yet.
From the very first notes that grace the opening of the EP, Seyr showcases their reinvention. Simple yet impactful guitar strings set the atmospheric backdrop, complementing Sebastian Elm's soothing vocals. The gentle introduction unexpectedly gives way to one of the most intense musical moments I have encountered this year. "Order to chaos!" could serve as the mantra for this offering. Where the debut album may have lacked contrast, this sophomore effort boasts an abundance of it, indeed often flowing from order to chaos and vice versa. Each segment is masterfully balanced with moments of beauty, often gentle, and frequently, crushingly heavy. It is precisely this dynamic range that makes 27 Million such an exhilarating release.
Seyr draws inspiration from notable influences such as Opeth, Gojira, and Mastodon—the usual suspects. However, another distinct influence emerges in the form of Rivers of Nihil. This connection infuses Seyr's sound with a captivating dimension, adding another layer to their musical identity. Like Rivers of Nihil, Seyr adeptly balances atmospheric elements with crushing heaviness, utilizing rhythmically paced and sometimes straightforward riffs, as well as well-timed silence and pauses. Groove! Seyr dares to blend these techniques with their postmetal influences, particularly evident in their guitar work. What sets Seyr apart is their ability to judiciously employ these effects, using them to accentuate or build up to different climaxes without ever lingering for too long. What was once their weak spot has now become their strongpoint.
Interestingly, the 16-minute duration of this EP is, in my opinion, its strength. Seyr has challenged themselves to create a highly focused musical piece that boldly declares: "This is Seyr". They waste no time, ensuring that every moment captivates the listener without any dull interludes. It's the equivalent of a full-length album of ideas condensed into a tiny package.

While 27 Million boasts numerous remarkable elements, including its punchy and rich production, the true star of the EP is vocalist Sebastian Elm. His unique vocal approach breathes excitement into each track, leaving listeners in awe. At times, his delivery evokes some Andy Schmidt (Disillusion), while also channeling the energetic essence of Mastodon. The incredible range showcased by Elm's vocals is one of the many reasons why Seyr possesses the potential to carve out a significant future for themselves.

So, in conclusion: I understand you have no clue how this EP sounds after reading this review, but hey, it's 16 minutes long, you don't want me to spill all the beans, right? What I want YOU to do however, is to go listen to this EP once it releases on the 7th of July 2023. At best you find a band you can return to time and time again, at worst (but I doubt it) you wasted 16 minutes of your time.

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