Release Date: Feb 9, 2018
Record label: Dine Alone
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Heavy Metal, Hard Rock, Power Metal
The eponymous debut long-player from the nautical hard rock supergroup featuring members of Tool, Mastodon, and Dethklok, Legend of the Seagullmen is a narrative-driven blast of chum-filled sea spray that's as swashbuckling and entertaining as it is completely absurd. The brainchild of mysterious artist/rocker/vocalist David "The Doctor" Dreyer, who has been sculpting the Seagullmen mythology via music and film since 2010, the project also features Danny Carey (Tool), Brent Hinds (Mastodon), Pete Griffin (Dethklok), film director/animator Jimmy Hayward (Horton Hears a Who!, Toy Story, Jonah Hex), and Chris Digiovanni. Steeped in weird fathoms-deep lore, and bristling with unapologetic power metal posturing, doomy psych-rock brooding, and nerdy, prog-rock noodling, the eight-track set falls somewhere between Blue Oyster Cult, Manowar, Primus, Tenacious D, and an R-rated entry in Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.
The seeds of swashbuckling supergroup Legend Of The Seagullmen were first sown when Mastodon's Brent Hinds and Hollywood director Jimmy Hayward were introduced by mutual friend (and Kyuss/QOTSA mainman) Josh Homme. Quickly realising they had much in common, the pair then enlisted Tool drummer extraordinaire Danny Carey, Dethklok bassist Pete Griffin and vocalist/artist David 'The Doctor' Dreyer to create a group that could kick more ass than a boot-clad Kraken. After a brief false start three years ago that saw the good ship Seagullmen spring a leak when demos made their way onto the internet earlier than expected, the band have officially launched with this self-titled concept album.
Legend of the Seagullmen is an odd duck from the get-go. It's a collaboration between Tool drummer Danny Carey and Mastodon mastermind Brent Hinds. And it's a nautical-themed concept album about the adventures of someone called the Seagull King. Fans of Mastodon's swamp prog and Tool's art-school alternative will find plenty to like, with "The Orca" being the most familiar to both groups.