Tool, Mastodon and OFF! members found to be Seagulls all along

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As the Lord of the Seas, King of Euphrates, Ruler of everything immersed in H2O – yes, including that ex-girlfriend you had who was enthusiastic about bathtubs – I can assure you there are few things I hate more than human beings. One of the reasons I have not wiped out humanity with an onslaught of sea creatures yet is the fact that they provide for good lolbuttz every once in a while. A personal favorite of mine is when airborne food theft occurs, courtesy of a fellow entity’s children. This time, the most prodigious of his sons have bestowed a new bundle of joy upon us. Dimitri Coats (OFF!), Brent Hinds (Mastodon) and Danny Carey (Tool) have just released two songs in honor of the Seagull God King, and he is going to be proud.

The Legend Of The Seagullmen is a multimedia project conceived by three brothers from Cocoa Beach, Florida. Frank, Chris and David Dreyer came up with the concept years ago, fusing film, live music, performance art and more in order to give life to the rich lore they created. Every November, the trio promotes a concert featuring The Legend Of The Seagullmen and other acts like West End Motel – another one of Brent Hinds’ side-projects. This is apparently a metal blog, so I am going to stick to the music. You can learn more about the story behind the Seagullmen and how high-profile musicians got involved in this excellent 2011 interview published in The Beach Side Resident. There is also a short, yet interesting account of one of their events in Ink 19.

The best word to describe both of the tracks is cinematic. Even if you hear the songs without any background information, the first thought that comes to mind is that they would not sound out of place in a movie score. The vocals are pivotal in creating this effect, as the nautical lyrics are sung in a pompous, theatrical manner. Still, this is a rock opera, and the voice telling its story carries more weight and power than the word “musical” might suggest. All of it makes sense when you take into consideration that the production was handled by Jimmy Hayward, film director of Jonah Hex and Horton Hears a Who fame.

“The Deep-Sea Diver” is what Ennio Morriccone would sound like if he spent a month listening to surf rock. It starts with a repetitive drumming pattern that provides a perfect bed for the reverb-soaked guitars to roll on. Soon, they’re joined by background vocals that evoke faint memories of Skyrim shouts. The track builds up as the “Thu’ums” give place to operatic singing and new drum flourishes escape from the original rhythm. Finally, it explodes with a dramatic twin guitar solo followed perfectly by a closing orchestrated passage.

“Ships Wreck”, on the other hand, is much more straightforward in its approach, reminiscent of one of my favorite bands: Black Sabbath. Synths, drums and a tasty guitar lick precede the rocking about to ensue by way of a riff that sounds like a sped up reimagination of “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath”. There is a brief pause so that the groovy bassline can shine (guess what band used to do this a lot) before another solo comes in, just in case you weren’t convinced that guitars are awesome inventions. The outro to this song is a true climax, one that leaves you craving some more.

The band’s website appears to be down, but no worries. Both songs can be appreciated below.

The reception among our community has been mixed, with some criticizing the tracks for their over-the-top antics, and others embracing it. I am sure that whatever comes out next, be it an album, a film or just new songs will be even more divisive. Despite that, I eagerly look forward to hearing a full-bodied concoction from the Seagullmen. Hell, I’m probably swimming towards Cocoa Beach as you read this.

P.S.: I deserve some mead for showcasing my seat aboard the hype-train without using the word “supergroup”. You’re welcome.

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  • Guacamole Jim

    Article was great. The music though…. pretty meh, for me. I expected a hell of a lot more from these dudes.

    • Dagon

      It’s definitely not groundbreaking, but it was a great change of pace from what I’ve been listening to most of the time. Maybe that’s why I seem to have liked it more than anyone else.

  • Edward/Breegrodamus

    Great write up here Dagon.

    I heard Jonah Hex was a truly atrocious piece of filmmaking.

    • DDubya.

      Apparently Mastodon had a really neat soundtrack worked out for it, but when the film composer left the project and a new one was brought in, they had to scrap their original recording. The EP we got is okay.

      • Nordling Writes ov Karhu

        …We got a soundtrack EP from Mahstopdon’t?

    • RustyShackleford

      It was. Don’t be like me when I was in high school all “MASTODON SOUNDTRACK AND VIOLENCE AND MEGAN FOX DUDE!” Too stupid to even be fun stupid lol

      • Edward/Breegrodamus

        I watched that Megan Fox movie where she was a vampire or a demon or whatever, kinda still wish I hadn’t done that.

        • JWG

          I remember viewing that and thinking “someone just watched ‘Ginger Snaps’ for the first time (and didn’t get it)”.

          I have an extremely high tolerance for bad horror and horror comedy, though. So I was able to appreciate it for what it was worth (which is to say not much) and move on…

    • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

      I hated Jonah Hex. It was an awful movie.

    • Dagon

      I never watched it, and I definitely didn’t catch Horton. Not a big fan of animation, except when it’s something absurd like Bojack.

    • Man, I didn’t even know there was a Jonah Hex movie. Good job, marketing.

      • Guacamole Jim

        Be thankful. I did, and I wish I didn’t. That knowledge has taken up space in my brain that could have been used for something much better.

  • Good to see more Dagon around here. Unfortunately the music just sounds like Ween’s The Mollusk without any of the stuff that makes me love that album.

    • Edward/Breegrodamus

      The definitive Ween track in my eyes

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUO4bMRuT9Y

        • Edward/Breegrodamus

          don’t call your mother – don’t call your priest

          don’t call your doctor – call the police

          you bring the razor blade – I’ll bring the speed

          Take off your coat – it’s gonna be a long night

          • Dagon

            For some reason this has a “beer drinkers and hell raisers” kind of vibe. Feels like something you’d blast on your way to the bar, or maybe during the fight you just started.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            Oh yeah it would be a great tune to punch dudes’ faces.

    • Dagon

      I think this needs the full experience to really click. The live event must be great to attend. On shrooms.

      http://media.giphy.com/media/fjtx4d7a1uvCM/giphy.gif

      • Lacertilian

        Psilocin is an event in itself.

  • KJM

    As a Tool and Mastodon fan I say “feh”, kinda boring really.

    • CyberneticOrganism

      FETID!

  • RustyShackleford

    Not the best thing I’ve ever heard but I’ll still be hyped to see what other stuff they come up with. Yep!

  • Nordling Writes ov Karhu

    Listening to the first track naow.

    • Guacamole Jim
      • Nordling Writes ov Karhu

        Stalin seems to dig it more than I do.
        Movin’ on to the second track naow.

        • Guacamole Jim

          Yeah, Stalin has pretty weird tastes in music. The second tune I thought was better, but all in all… eh.

          • Nordling Writes ov Karhu

            Hmmh. Seems like I would say about this band: “This is a band about which I would say: ‘Please do not like this band, as this is a band I do not enjoy’ “.

          • Guacamole Jim

            That seems like a damn fair analysis. Also, bonus points for being meta as fuck.

      • Dagon

        This is Gifheaven. The next great black metal band.

        • Edward/Breegrodamus

          *Hifgeaven

  • Tyree

    Dear Danny Carey,

    Please play in a War Metal band. You would totally destroy. Also your arms are the size of my thighs.

    Thank you,

    Tyree

    • Dagon

      May I offer you some bestial black metal of death I found last night?
      https://slaughtbbath.bandcamp.com/album/hail-to-fire

      • Tyree

        Oh damn! This be mighty fine.

      • Nordling Writes ov Karhu

        Dis Be Pretty Pretty Good

      • I am a fan.

    • KJM

      Danny Carey is the only man alive who can get a standing ovation from a sold out Boston Garden while wearing a Lakers shirt.

      • Herr Schmitty

        Fact. Not sure anybody else could do that!

        • KJM

          Seeya later!! ^_^

      • Formerly Known As Oli Sykes

        He could probably play in Newcastle and wear a Scumderland shirt and still get 50000 rounds of applause.
        And trust me, wearing a Scumderland shirt in Newcastle is like being a member of NAMBLA, no one likes you and everyone wants to kill you, especially me.

        • JWG

          North American Marlon Brando Look-Alikes?

          • Formerly Known As Oli Sykes

            No, the one with paedos in it.
            To conclude, anyone who is a filthy mackem is no friend of mine, because ew.

        • KJM

          Yep, sounds about the same as wearing a Lakers shirt here.

          • Formerly Known As Oli Sykes

            Probably is tbf. A better analogy would be like performing to a bunch of Manowar fans whilst wearing your finest Limp Bizkit shirt. Only Danny could pull it off without being murdered, and getting a standing ovation.

    • Kim Jong Un’s Axis Of Anal

      What about Brian Williams?

      • Tyree

        Wut

        • Kim Jong Un’s Axis Of Anal

          Him singing in a war metal band after his “war stories”.

          • Tyree

            Fortunately for me I don’t follow the news.

          • Kim Jong Un’s Axis Of Anal

            The Onion is the only news source you need to trust!

      • JWG

        I hear Jon Stewart might be looking for a job.

        Troll failed. I just made myself sad. -__-

        • Kim Jong Un’s Axis Of Anal

          He should come host a show for the Toilet!

          • Akerskronks ov Steele

            that episode made all the coal rollers particularly miffed.

  • zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    mastodon are the good citizen—->libtards/media are the “pirates”(illegal)
    fuck those motherfuckers

    “al gore invented the internet”—->internet created as pro u.n. mind control apparatus–that is used to force false flag attacks on world citizens(911)

    http://youtu.be/u7h9X2l9lF0

    • Even zzzzzzzzzzzzzz likes Ween!

      • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

        Everyone loves Ween. I wish they would reunite.

        • Pagliacci is Kvlt O)))

          They could call it Ween 2.

          • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

            That would be awesome.

      • Kim Jong Un’s Axis Of Anal

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PAzqBUNlCs

        Keep that love song for when Tay Tay comes over! Chicks dig Ween.

    • Scrimm

      That chick is hot.

      • yeah bro. i take it you’ve seen the movie?

        • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

          She scares me.

        • Nordling Writes ov Karhu

          She’s into her brother is all I remember.

        • Scrimm

          Many times.

      • Lacertilian

        As is the real Octopussy

    • Is she into tentacle prn?

      • Nordling Writes ov Karhu

        Obvs

    • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

      Jimmy plz!

    • CONANtheDjentlyFuckingKING

      sorry to swing off your comment my friend, but whoever the asshole is who is harassing me about my mental health on MS, they can suck it. I have also transcended this realm to facebook where my legend grows larger by the minute.

      • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

        You’re back!

      • Someone is harassing you about your mental health?

        • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

          I’ve seen the comments over on FFB. I’m legitimately pissed off about it because those comments are blatant low blows that someone found off Facebook. Some of the opinions of his mental health hit very close to home so that made me even angrier.

          • Kim Jong Un’s Axis Of Anal

            Conan’s always been cool with me, Otherwise I wouldn’t add him, and I’m honestly out of the loop on this one. Making a low blow about an actual mental illness someone has, especially after what happened with my grandma, would definitely not be cool in my book.

      • never apologize for swinging off my comments.
        you’re probably the most famous internet person after RA666, and for that you should be proud!

        • Edward/Breegrodamus

          Holy fuck RiotAct666 needs to return.

          • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

            I don’t think he’s coming back. Same goes for Hester.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            RiotAct666 is among us already, I am sure of it.

          • Nordling Writes ov Karhu

            His name is no more RA666

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            He walks amongst us under an alias I swear it. Alias here being his true identity.

          • Nordling Writes ov Karhu

            Wir wissen. 😉

            He changed “his” name into something stupid ’round the time we celebrated RA for a day.

          • Lacertilian

            The real RiotAct should stand up to take the rapturous applause he/she rightly deserves.

          • that’s good to know, i always liked him (or her)!

          • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

            He is?

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            He is.

      • plus, that’s kind of what you get over at FFB, aka the wasteland!

        • Pagliacci is Kvlt O)))

          Yeah, but the shitty thing is, it’s one of us. It spilled over to RHRC over the weekend.

          I read some of those comments, Bronan. I just want you to know, he doesn’t speak for all of us.

          • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

            Who would do this? I hope they know how disappointed and angry I am.

          • KJM

            It’s the exact same thing as making fun of physically disabled people. NO DIFFERENT.

          • Pagliacci is Kvlt O)))

            The sort of person that abuses a dog, then gets pissed when the dog bites them.

          • Ugh. That’s no damn good. I haven’t looked at RHRC in a long while. Weak shit.

          • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

            It isn’t good. If you saw the comments you’d shake your head in disappointment and rage. I sure did.

          • Akerskronks ov Steele

            I remembered that someone had made a Conan troll account, but I remember seeing the post on RHRC, I thought the guy was initially calling out whoever was doing that. Then I found out it was him.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            ToH:FB >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

          • GOT-damn right!

          • Nordling Writes ov Karhu

            I was under the impression YOU GUISE ran RHRC?!

            This shit is pretty lame though (FFB)

          • I started RHRC a while back but I kinda jumped ship when we started the official TovH fb group.

          • Nordling Writes ov Karhu

            Don’t you kinda automatically see everything that goes on in there then?

          • I turned off notifications for the group (I get a lot of fucking notifications).

          • Nordling Writes ov Karhu

            Makes sense.

          • Dagon

            Bad thing is that there’s a couple of good dudes who got behind and didn’t move over to ToH:FB.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            Just need to remind them is all. We will get them all eventually.

          • KJM

            If my hatred for FB weren’t so intense, I would’ve been there long ago. Believe that.

          • Lacertilian

            I succumbed.
            Didn’t reactivate my old account though, just made a burner.

          • FeelTheDarkness

            What is RHRC?

          • The facebook group we had back before the site started.

          • FeelTheDarkness

            Gotcha

          • Herr Schmitty

            Yeah dude, that’s shitty as hell.

          • i rarely use FB… interesting, i’ll have to look it up whilst on toilet (at work, hehe)

          • Lacertilian

            yet you convinced me to go against my hardline NO FB stance and create a burner account so you can write an accurate bio for me?
            *shakes fist*
            “Damn you McNultyyyyyyyyyy”

          • JJM

            well I’m gonna use it more now that you’re in!

          • Lacertilian

            awww shucks.
            I could never stay frilled at mah bwoy
            *retracts frill*

          • JJM

            Hey I wrote you a cool bio…

          • Lacertilian

            I wouldn’t go that far but it did made me grin.

          • KJM

            I don’t have FB so I’m out of the loop over there.

          • i think it’s a good time for me to “pull out” of the RHRC… some of the folks there don’t even visit this site anymore!

          • Guacamole Jim

            I don’t regret leaving that shitshow ages ago.

          • Lacertilian

            I still don’t even know what that is.
            Maybe it’s best that way.

        • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

          I stopped going there until this shit happened. This pissed me off.

      • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

        DX is awesome. They should be in the HOF already.

        • KJM

          They won’t be until the Chyna issue is somehow resolved.

          • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

            Damnit. I hope they get inducted at some point. Same goes with Davey Boy Smith and Brian Pillman.

          • KJM

            British Bulldog isn’t in the HOF already?!! What fuckery is this?

          • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

            I didn’t know until a few days ago. That’s just wrong in my opinion.

          • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

            The Hart Foundation isn’t in there either yet Rikishi is getting inducted this year. What a joke.

          • KJM

            I know. As much as I love him in a nostalgia sense, Rikishi does not deserve to be in there.

          • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

            I loved him too but they’re not even mentioning his other runs as Fatu and the Sultan.

      • Kim Jong Un’s Axis Of Anal

        Not I, you know me on both here and FB. But, you’re taking anything MS says seriously?!

        • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

          It’s not me. I usually don’t take those comments seriously because they’re not meant to be taken seriously.

          • Kim Jong Un’s Axis Of Anal

            You can tell I take almost nothing from the internet seriously. Even taking things in my own life seriously is hard enough!

      • KJM

        Fuck ’em. They probably have issues of their own and are too chickenshit to admit it.

        Nice to see you posting here BTW.

    • Mother Shabubu III

      Whole new meaning to “octopussy” there, right gang? Wakka, wakka!

  • Middenface McFidget

    Maybe I’m in the minority here but I like it.

  • Call the Slambulance
  • I dig it. Makes me forget where I’m living is landlocked.

    • Lacertilian

      Yuk, you in central Europe or something?

      • Nope, Ohio. Granted there’s a really big lake nearby, but it just isn’t the same…

        • Lacertilian

          Drive east or west, no border crossings or anything right?
          You can do it!

  • I will give the props for not using supergroup. That’s just a sexy term used for click bait.

  • Kim Jong Un’s Axis Of Anal

    Thought I’d slide this on over, for those into some brutal industrial (they have a bass player for some reason, even though I can never hear any bass guitar, but hey, they’re headbanging):

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7kYSvF8D-w

  • Formerly Known As Oli Sykes

    Danny Carey, one of the best drummers in metal.
    Brent Hinds, one of the best guitarists in modern metal.
    I am interested immediately.

    • Welcome brah

      • Formerly Known As Oli Sykes

        Aww… thanks.
        Better than the website that shall not be named already.

        • Guacamole Jim

          #mothafukkinTROOF

  • Mother Shabubu III

    I really like this. Something different for once. It’s like a cinematic, nautical Pigmy Love Circus vibe going on there. A bit of Ween’s “The Mollusk” too. The orchestral part that kicks in around 3:40 sounds a lot like Ecstasy of Gold.

    PS:
    BITCH I’M TIRED
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBqKzsVjJO8

    • Formerly Known As Oli Sykes

      That was pretty sweet. Never listened to PLC before, but from this song, I can definitely see where you’re coming from.

    • Lacertilian

      Morricone sounding?
      I’m in. *hits play*

  • Akerskronks ov Steele

    This has made my day dank as fuck. Dank you.