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Sea of Flame
(Ballast)
2018
Staff Rating: Turn this to 5.5 of 11
Genre:
Hard rock
Sounds Like:
Orange Goblin, Alabama Thunderpussy, Disturbed
Sea of Flame hailing from Denver, Colorado throw down some homegrown hard rockin tunes on their latest release Ballast. The foursome let loose five tracks of bluesy rock on this album, think of a lite version of Orange Goblin or Alabama Thunderpussy. Vocalist Miles Skoog resembles a bluesy version David Draiman of Disturbed. Ballast is often catchy at times and loaded with raw riffage and some intriguing lyrics. The standout track by far is “Ocean of Fire” where the band combines some classic metal fury with good stoner rhythms … definitely check out this track. The album or EP contains only five cuts and well worth your time to explore.

ROTATION RECAP:
Vocal Performance
5.4 of 11

Weight of the Heavy
5.5 of 11

Lyrics and Song Structure
5.3 of 11

Fretwork Prowess
5.5 of 11

Overall Album Flow
5 of 11

Album Cover Aesthetics
6.8 of 11

Production Value
6 of 11

Standout Track(s)
“Ocean of Fire”

Alcohol Pairing
Amstel Light. A good brew that neither stands out nor can do no wrong. 

Lasting Impression 
Ballast is a decent hard rock album with elements of stoner rock and classic metal themes with a nice homegrown feel. It's definitely worth a listen and for $4 on Bandcamp, you can't go wrong.  - 5/12/2018

Tracklist:
1. Sabretooth 04:04
2. Pyramid 04:05
3. Stomping Grounds 04:20
4. Checkered 03:04
5. Ocean of Fire 05:09            

Band Members:
Miles Skoog - Vocals, Guitar 
Jason "Heavy" Easker - Guitar 
Ben Gregory - Bass 
Jim Cook - Drums

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