When the promo letter states that Danish/English act See The Sky are eccentric, experimental and eclectic, that is very much the truth. ‘Ego Rehab’ is a unique album in many ways, and it draws upon great many sources of inspiration. From death metal over nu metal to pop and nineties alternative rock/metal a la Senser, the odd crew that is See The Sky covers a wide range of styles. You could say that this is both their strength and their weakness.
As much as I adore both the growls of Bjarne Mathiesen and the beautiful voice of Miriam Gardner and many of the intricate musical structures of this album when heard in isolation, I find it really difficult, also now after a number of listens, to find that common thread, which leads me through the album. I’m telling myself that I’m stupid and not able to get the brilliant concept of this album, because it seems to be genuinely thought-through, but that is really the situation: I basically don’t get it. It doesn’t sink in, although I objectively can hear that these folk know their stuff and that their sound and mix is fantastic.
The first nine tunes of the album are, as much as I don’t get it, at least full of nice details and a number of surprises. The last two tracks, Manipulation Malpractice and Damaged Beyond Repair, however, are not up to scraps at all. The latter in particular, frankly speaking, ignites nine minutes of pure boredom.
This is an ambitious project, which partly fails, but perhaps for more advanced minds, this is the best thing since Nutella.
1. The Narcissist
5. Delusion Vs. Reality
6. A Flicker Of Light
7. Battle For The Mind
10. Manipulation Malpractice
11. Damaged Beyond Repair
Playing time: 61 minutes
Release date: 3rd of July, 2015
Label: Mighty Music