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TRUTHSEEKER is an instrumental rock band with a dense and atmospheric sound. Their debut EP "Weightless at Dawn" features 5 slow, cinematic tracks characterized by reverb-soaked lead guitars, huge drums, textural rhythm guitars and a thick distorted bass sound. Although there are no vocals, the artwork features poems for each of the EP's songs with the exception of "Submerged". There are traces of Prog-Rock, Metal, Post-Rock/Metal, Doom and Ambient music throughout the record's 23 minutes and 8 seconds, but there is no single term that can summarize the intimate and powerful sound that lies therein.

Bassist and songwriter Brendan James HAYTER (OBSIDIAN TONGUE/BLOOD OF THE GODS) formed TRUTHSEEKER in late 2010 as a vehicle for his compositions in the Space-Rock style. Aiming for a slow and nostalgic sound, the first songwriting attempts resulted in "Permafrost", "Through The Waves" and "Storm". When these were finished he quickly booked recording time with colleague and friend Dan GONZALEZ. After finishing the basic tracking of these songs as well as new songs "Daybreak" and "Submerged", Dan suggested hiring Alex FEWELL (SCAPHISM, FORCED ASPHYXIATION) for session drums. Intrigued by the idea of hiring a Death Metal drummer to play slow rock beats, they brought him in and were more than pleased with the results of the proceeding drum sessions. After this mutually enjoyed experience, Alex became a full-time member.

After mastering was completed by New Alliance East (ISIS, CONVERGE, CAVE-IN, MORNE, etc.), "Weightless at Dawn" was digitally released via Bandcamp on September 25, 2011. Brendan has also completed writing for the debut LP, which will be recorded in early 2012.

Bio from the band's Facebook, adapted by Bonnek

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Weightless At Dawn
Truthseeker Experimental/Post Metal

Review by memowakeman
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3 stars Great atmospheric post-metal!

Since I first listened about Truthseeker I was attracted by their name, so after reading they had their debut EP for free-download, I did not hesitate and got it, plus, they were suggested by my friend Nick from Prog-Sphere, so it is a guarantee. This is an American instrumental duo with a sound oriented to post-metal, with wonderful changes in tempo and mood, and great additional atmospheres. Their EP is entitled "Weightless at Dawn" and consists of five tracks.

It opens with "Daybreak", a track with both, soft and heavy moments wonderfully intercalated, creating diverse emotions in the listener. The guitars are always great, well chosen for the different passages; and the post-metal sound is also evident. It leads to "Permafrost", which is a seven-minute track with a clear structure, maybe repetitive and without surprises, but the thing here is that they add different notes and elements while the seconds pass, so the song is never monotone, in spite of its not-so-complex structure.

"Storm" is very visual, I actually imagine a scene of people running and trying to cover from a storm (in its literal, and metaphoric sense), and when the images comes to my mind, it means the music successes. The sounds is dark, heavy in moments but with the rock element present all the time. "Submerged" is the shortest composition with only two minutes, and it is also the softest, slowest, most atmospheric and delicate.

The EP finishes with "Through the Waves", which actually starts with a sound of waves. Seconds later the guitars and their heavy, post-metal sound appear and begin to create a good melody, which in moments remind me a bit of some Opeth passages. The song progresses little by little, until it calms down after two and a half minutes and gives us a soft passage that works as a prelude for the last explosion. So the last two minutes are intense and emotional, creating a wonderful end.

Very good debut EP, worth downloading and listening. Now I look forward to hear a full- length album of theirs. Three stars.

Enjoy it!

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Weightless At Dawn
Truthseeker Experimental/Post Metal

Review by AstralliS

4 stars As it always happens, when you think that a year has already told every musical story it can, after all expectations are met, in all that hodge-podge of great stuff a new name appears from out of nowhere. A name which certainly has a lot to offer. Truthseeker appears to be such name for me.

Weightless at Dawn is the first release of this Boston duo, which consists of Brendan James Hayter (songwriter/bassist) and Alex Fewell (drums) and is an introduction for a full-lentgh which is set to be released in 2012. Truthseeker is completely instrumental chemistry, with influences which run high from dark rock, ambient, doom, post-rock, metal to "squeezed" prog rock.

I don't know if their formula for success is having a death metal drummer playing slow rock beats or a wide range of influences or whatever, but the soundimage breaking out from the speakers is astonishing. Deep atmospherics in Submerged or Katatoniasque Storm, the mixture of ambient and dark rock in Daybreak, doomy Permafrost and symphonically semi- acoustic Through the Waves are impressive ingredients of this 5-track EP.

The prologue has been written and according to the same, the first chapter in the Truthseeker book is with good looks to become the groundbreaking record in the running opus. My eyes are on you, Truthseeker!

Thanks to bonnek for the artist addition.

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