“Seamsan Over.” is the long delayed first release from Nine Even. Nine Even was originally formed in late 2001 by former members of The Unknown, Hollowpoint, Foreign Eye, and Winter Reign. The goals the band had were simple – fully realize the songs/concepts that they had always wanted to do, but were never given the freedom to.
After a long period of soul searching the band went to Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, California (the studio used on many local recordings, as well as several releases from Roadrunner Records, and MachineHead albums). One of the key elements that drew them there was the fact that the mixing board there was the same Trident board used on Pink Floyd’s The Wall album. There the album was recorded/mixed between August and February 2007/2008.
The songs on “Seamsan Over.” Date from 1996 all the way to 2007, and cover a broad range of the styles Nine Even specializes in. The heavy alternative approach in lead track “Search”, echoes shades of bands like The Smashing Pumpkins, Muse, and A Perfect Circle. But those influences get put into a new blend here unique to its own moment of time. The broad spectrum covered by “Gone, Compromise” brings in memories of Queen, and more industrial moments are shown throughout the album in tracks like “Al.Most.Fa.Mous.”, “SKRape”, and “Questions”. The softer side of the NE are shown as well in songs like “Bumblebea”, the show stopping closer “Terra Firma”, and bonus tracks “tribalsong”, and “Friend of a Friend”, the latter of which was written about a close friend of the band almost dying. The metallic edge that Nine Even was known for in it’s early days is also still evident in fan favorites “My Will Be Done”, and “Temples of Solomon”. The progressive ambient roots that they also exhibited such as “In the Fog” and “Silent Bride” also remain, making this album almost a greatest hits of the first 6 years of the band.
Perhaps the defining moment on the album though is the first side (for the vinyl fans) ending sing-along of “Gailleann”. The song was long held by the band as being a special one, and the recording that has been documented here for the world lives up to its promise. Mike Lauchli’s slide guitar solo is the throwing down of the gauntlet in the relationship that is being expressed by the emotive vocals of Chris Chard. Main songwriter Jake Modica’s tale of realization and the ending of innocence is brought to life in a way that will appeal to many people, but still deliver the kick in the teeth, and helping you up that Nine Even’s fans have come to expect from this Northern California group, who despite many road hazards have survived where many of their fellow bands have fallen.