Familiarity can be comforting. Repetition can calm the mind and soothe anxiety by giving you the idea that because you know what’s going to happen, everything is going to be okay. A lot of people turn to familiar music to get their head in the right place when everything seems to be going awry, while others accept chaos and harness it, using it as an opportunity to bravely push forward into unfamiliar territory, creating new sounds and sometimes, even a new genre. One such person is Patrick McElravy, vocalist and mastermind behind 9 Stitch Method. Since 2017 they’ve been consistently putting out quality hardcore metal with heavy, bone crushing guitars and spine tingling vocals. Along with his role in 9 Stitch (You can actually expect another release VERY soon.) Patrick lends his voice to many projects (The Marion Drain Project, Hooking up with Demon Demon and releasing the song “Revolution“, and a host of others), and he’s managing Brutal Business Entertainment – all while juggling family and that normal life stuff.
Patrick is, well, everywhere, and as if that wasn’t enough, he’s decided that metal needs a little something… more. A way forward. Evolution. Enter his new project, Seethe. What’s left in metal after you take away the heavily distorted guitars and dampened, punchy drums? Screaming. Lots of screaming. But who says screaming only works in a typical band setting? Well, no one. Patrick picked up on this and hooked up with producer Cole the King to bring us…. Wait for it….. Trap Metal! That’s right folks, metal plus trap, trap and metal. Pure, unadulterated fury mixed with synthesized electronic background beats. An odd pairing to be sure, but does it work?
The short answer is yes, shockingly well. I’ll be honest, I don’t know much about trap besides the fact that I find the “damn son, where’d you find this” sample to be hilarious and think it should be used at every opportunity (the boys in Oceans to Ash aren’t as convinced yet, but they’ll see) but I’d like to think I know musical chemistry when I hear it. It’s heavy, but tight. Moshable, yet almost danceable. The album has traces of Nine Inch Nails and Marilyn Manson, but with a more modern backing. It’s so unique that I can hardly describe it. The best I can do is to say that it sounds like something that would be playing in one of the vampire night clubs in the new Blade remake (go get those royalties, Pat, just remember whose idea it was).
With lyrics so fresh from the mind that they border on the abstract, “Blueprints For Introspection” truly lives up to its name. It’s a map to the inside of a man’s mind, and a call to find what lies inside your own. With a bold new take on metal and a message that really gets the gears turning, Seethe’s freshman effort is a truly unique piece of art that really must be heard to be understood. I personally look forward to watching this project evolve and seeing what the future holds for the genre. Find the EP with lyrics on Seethe’s Bandcamp page and keep an eye on all of Seethe’s social media platforms because there is more to come. Patrick McElravy is one of those rare music finds that tends to turn his projects into so much more… and now that he’s gone solo there’s not going to be anything that can stop him from taking it all the way.