Selenseas: The Outer Limits-2020.

Selenseas:Power Metal from Russia.

Discography:

La face cachée de la LuneDemo2012 
В отраженииEP2016 
За гранью возможногоFull-length2017 
Live at Rock House Club, Moscow, 2017/06/02Live album2018 
The Outer LimitsFull-length2020

Members:

Vladislav TyushinBass (2010-present)
Ivan LisitsynGuitars (lead) (2010-2015, 2018-present)
Denis AndrianovGuitars (rhythm) (2010-present)
See also: AcatoniaGaarmLocus Titanic Funus, ex-Цезарь
Lyudmila MalayaDrums (2015-present)
See also: Stab Inc., ex-Anadora
Svetlana TyushinaKeyboards (2015-present)
Mikhail KudreyVocals (2019-present)

Past Members:

Anton FilippovichDrums (2010-2012)
Elena KotenevaKeyboards (2010-2015)
Tatyana LilloVocals (2010-2015)
Alexander LavrenovGuitars (lead) (2015-2016)
Rodion KitaevVocals (2015-2016)
See also: ex-Сварун, ex-Троя
Timofey BlagopoluchnyGuitars (lead) (2016)
Ilya SklyarovVocals (2016-2019)
Gamildzhan MakhmutovGuitars (lead) (2017-2018)

One thought on “Selenseas: The Outer Limits-2020.

  1. Larry6990, November 5th, 2020
    Written based on this version: 2020, CD, Rockshots Records

    I’ve been listening to this album for weeks, getting to know all the ins and outs and nuances and motifs as specifically as possible in order to write the best-informed review I possibly can. Yet I managed to overlook one massive detail which, as of about 10 minutes before writing this paragraph, has kind of disappointed me. Russian power metallers Selenseas have simply re-recorded their 2017 debut, За гранью возможного, translated the lyrics into English and henceforth created The Outer Limits. I have no idea if this was a result of switching from the (frankly awesome) Russian label Soundage Productions to Rockshots Records, or whether the band just wanted to do it for fun. I’m just annoyed that there was a Russian version of this album which I missed out on! Internal disputes aside, Selenseas do make an effective impact with this record, establishing their sound within the power metal community as being something akin to Finnish acts such as Stratovarius or, in particular, Excalion. Fans of the latter should definitely get on board the Selenseas train.

    With relative newcomer Mikhail Kudrey at the helm behind the mic, the Moscow sextet take us on a celestial journey through 10 progressively tinged, yet refreshingly brief, melodic power metal numbers fronted by an obligatory orchestral intro. I certainly admire their subtle songwriting technique which gives each song the veneer of being ‘progressive’ whilst sticking to a relatively simple framework. Yes, there is the occasional catchy chorus or memorable vocal pattern, but the oddly technical compositions have a habit of winding around your brain unnoticed, like an invisible worm, until you suddenly know all the words without remembering learning them. Opening track, “Hope”, is the perfect summation of both their sound and songwriting technique. Kudrey’s vocals smoothly slide around his mid-range in admirable fashion – though I admit to preferring Ilya’s vocals on the debut – and he is matched by a nearly omnipresent lead guitar and keyboard performance; two instruments which hardly ever sit still on this record.

    I wish this album would settle down a little more in certain sections. It’s impressive to have frittering leads widdly-widdling all over the place, but I find myself craving a decent heavy riff or simplistic refrain to attain some focused direction. My prayers do get answered at the 3:28 mark in “Time” where the brilliant guitar solo culminates in a simple, effective, fist-pumping riff and my neck goes into overdrive. It’s brief, but it’s there. The production quality is also a little thin on the heaviness, but I understand that emphasizing the ‘metal’ was not the sextet’s first priority on this record. There are plenty of peaks and valleys when you compare the progressive crawl of “Dante” to the speedy “The Flame Of Dawn”, or the nimble agility of the title-track to the grinding aggression of “The Revenge Of The Ifrit”. The variety is there, it just might take a few listens to distinguish everything. I cannot disparage the talents of the band members, however. There is some serious talent here, especially in the solo sections.

    Personal highlights include the determined chorus of “Frigate”, which makes me yearn for more traditional Euro-power metal from these guys; the mystical thuggishness of “The Revenge Of The Ifrit”, which always has me pulling my best metal face; and the frenetic single “The Milky Way”, which contains some super clever rhythmic throw-arounds in the chorus. I never quite know which beat to count…and I like that! The Outer Limits is an impressive debut (or at least would be if this really were a debut). Minor flaws here and there will easily be ironed out if the potential these guys exude is to be capitalized upon. For any power metal fan, I would recommend putting Selenseas on your radar. If you’re a fan of ethereal, proggy power metal like Excalion or Alogia, give this disc a spin – with no huge expectations – and you should have a whale of a time.

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