Album Review: Seize Atlantis

GLENS FALLS – With their latest eponymous release, local alternative-rock outfit Seize Atlantis have released a solid, albeit short, EP, that lets listeners know quickly where they draw influence. The band, comprised of James Mullen on guitar and lead vocals, Mike Dardas on bass and vocals, Luc Bourgault on lead guitar and vocals, and Cody Platt on drums, all fit their respective parts within the songs in a well-arranged way that makes each song extremely accessible, delivering a short collection of tunes that are over before you know it.

With the intro track, “Atlas Shrugged,” the album begins with a simple drum pattern soon followed by full-band instrumentation. The tones are extremely reminiscent of Dion’s “Runaround Sue,” along with other songs of that era. The chime-y guitar sound of that decade are captured well in this piece, utilizing a Vox AC15. The song ends with a drawn-out instrumental section.

The following song, “Paradise Lost,” changes genres quite abruptly. It is far more alternative, and tastefully pulls from influences such as 1990’s rock. The bass breaks after the choruses are extremely well thought out and welcomed. Another highlight lives in the vocal part; the repetitive nature of the song’s melody does not detract, but rather helps to make the song more memorable and get stuck in the ears of new listeners. After a guitar instrumental section that occurs during the latter half of the song, the band returns to one final chorus before the song concludes.

“Imperius Rex (Seize Atlantis),” closes the album. What really stands out for me in this track is the odd meter sprinkled in throughout. On top of that, the bass line is solid and – to this listener – the most enjoyable part. Whatever vocal effect is slapped on James’ lead track, I’d wager it’s some kind of tape delay effect, really makes the melody pop out within the arrangement of the song. To end the album, a nice outro vocal section is highlighted with solid instrumentation. Perhaps the most solid of the three, it’s the best song to finish this particular record.

Seize Atlantis’ album pays homage to a variety of different acts and genres across several decades. While the record is enjoyable, it is this listener’s opinion that Mullen (lead songwriter) has not nearly reached his limits, and I look forward to seeing even more artistic development from him in the future. You can listen to Seize Atlantis on all major streaming platforms, or support the band directly by purchasing here.

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