Tuesday 22 June 2021

Seum - Winterized (Album Review)


Release Date: June 11th 2021. Record Label: Self Released. Format: CD/DD

Winterized - Tracklisting

1.Sea Sick Six 04:06

2.Life Grinder 03:14

3.Winter of Seum 05:10

4.Broken Bones 04:41

5.666 01:39

6.Black Snail Volcano 04:28

7.Red Sematary 05:12


Fred - Drums

Gaspard - Vocals

Piotr - Bass


Winterized is the new album from Doom ‘N’ Bass Trio and troublemaking riffsters - Seum. These guys are from Montreal, Quebec and bring a Punk Rock attitude to their new album. Seum play a fun style of Sludge Metal, Doom Metal, Stoner Metal and Punk Rock with only drums and bass as the musical instruments of choice with “in-Yer-Face” vocals from Gaspard. The album is deliciously heavy especially in the FUZZ ROCK stakes with the band bringing an energy that reminds me of The Melvins, The Ramones and possibly further afield as CLUTCH, SAINT VITUS and SLEEP.

The whole album does have a slight “Southern Rock” flavour with Seum playing fast and loose with the rules of music they employ on this album. Despite the record being under 29 minutes, Seum covers a lot of ground both musically and creatively speaking. This is an all out “violent audio” assault across the Doom/Sludge/Stoner Metal spectrum especially on songs such as: Sea Sick Six, Life Grinder, Winter Of Seum and Black Snail Volcano.

These tracks is where the listener can feel the powerful “DOOMONIC” bass heavy force which allows Seum play some epic grooves with dark lyrical themes moving Seum further into the Doom/Sludge Metal abyss. 

Seum do show their fun side by playing a superb cover of The Ramones track - Pet Sematary - but by changing the track to Red Sematary and giving the song a slight “Sludge/Doom” Punk makeover. It’s a heavy and engaging experience compared to the original and is a cool way to end the album.

Like I said previously, Winterized is a fun album that never forgets what it truly is and that is a fantastic and superbly entertaining album that should keep the Doom/Sludge/Stoner Metal community vastly entertained.

Words by Steve Howe


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