"This band is all things 'Heavy Planet'. They bring doom, sludge, stoner metal, and psychedelia. Seriously, miss this and you miss our mission."
- Seth Grennan, Heavy Planet
"Dark and groovy. . . A cohesive record chock full of riffs that seem to nod to a variety of musical generations."
- Joe Witthaus, Ride With The Devil
"Its punk-rock roots, the blues, and garage psychedelic rock inform its current sound, as do bands like Butthole Surfers and Motorhead . . . Their music fuses genres, creating something enveloping and attractive, something originally familiar."
- Liz Tracy, County Grind - New Times Broward-Palm Beach Music
"Mixing noirish atmospheric post-rock, reverberating punk, sluggish stoner sludge pacing, and early metal riffing, the Lake Worth trio of Astaroth Crowley, Robb Erwin, and Tom Beals cohesively meshes all the music that’s likely sitting in their record collection."
- William Alton, Beached Miami
"There is no mumbling from Black Seal behind a curtain of feedback and reverb; vocals are shouted and at times screamed with zealous clarity over the strained grind of an overdriven guitar."
- Brennan Forsyth, Broward-Palm Beach New Times
"These guys must have ate the brown acid. Florida might be known for Death Metal but this trio is gonna put a new star on the map. Garage Punk, psychedelia and stoner jam influences all balled into one make this a sledgehammer of a listen. Another raw offering that delivers the groovy goods complete with a kick ass album cover of a goth gal kneeling on a pyre holding a skull. Classic."
- Heavy Metal Textbooks Blogspot
"This album is really dark. It could serve as a soundtrack for a horror flick. It's a mix of doom, sludge, proto-metal, hard rock, some punk and psychedelics to top it off, this is a really great album. It gets your blood boiling and, if under the right circumstances, will make you want to tear some shit up."
- The Ripple Effect
"With Mount Everest-sized riffage, epic vocal snarls over miles and miles of reverb, and treble charge, there is no denying the power of Delray Beach's Black Seal. This group is the real-deal Holyfield. Its EP 'Pyre' scorched out brainwaves with its disemboweling proto-metal thunder and Astaroth Crowley's guttural howls. Dark and ambitious, loud and unrelenting, this record is like the psychedelic lovechild of Black Sabbath and experimental doom-metal act Pelican."
- Alex Rendon, County Grind - New Times Broward-Palm Beach Music
"Pyre is definitely one of the top 5 releases in South Florida this year."
- Chuck Livid, TuffGnarl
"Black Seal's five song EP 'Pyre' is best described as a Black Sabbath cassette tape that has melted under the Florida sun. There are incoherent vocals and heavy atmospherics yet it still retains a head shaking beat. 'Pyre' is the swamp drained away to build a gun range. At times violent and upsetting, the natural waters with all its beauty still come flooding in from time to time. This is music that could soundtrack an epic, while still dangerous enough to upset your parents."
- David Rolland, "Best Broward and Palm Beach County Albums of 2013", County Grind - New Times Broward-Palm Beach Music
released September 3, 2013
Black Seal is:
Astaroth Crowley (guitars, vocals)
Robb Erwin (drums, percussion)
Thomas Beals (bass)
Produced by Evan Mui
Mastered by Steve Corrao at Sage Audio, Nashville, TN.
"Its punk-rock roots, the blues, and garage psychedelic rock inform its current sound, as do bands like Butthole Surfers and
Motorhead . . . Their music fuses genres, creating something enveloping and attractive, something originally familiar."
- Liz Tracy, County Grind - New Times Broward-Palm Beach Music...more