The eponymous debut long-player from the nautical hard rock supergroup featuring members of Tool, Mastodon, and Dethklok, Legend of the Seagullmen is a narrative-driven blast of chum-filled sea spray that's as swashbuckling and entertaining as it is completely absurd. The brainchild of mysterious artist/rocker/vocalist David "The Doctor" Dreyer, who has been sculpting the Seagullmen mythology via music and film since 2010, the project also features Danny Carey (Tool), Brent Hinds (Mastodon), Pete Griffin (Dethklok), film director/animator Jimmy Hayward (Horton Hears a Who!, Toy Story, Jonah Hex), and Chris Digiovanni. Steeped in weird fathoms-deep lore, and bristling with unapologetic power metal posturing, doomy psych-rock brooding, and nerdy, prog-rock noodling, the eight-track set falls somewhere between Blue Oyster Cult, Manowar, Primus, Tenacious D, and an R-rated entry in Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. Tales of undersea leviathans abound (Orca, Arhciteuthis [a giant squid], mutant deep sea divers, etc.), but the Seagullmen are just as content wading into the riptides of ecology -- lead single "The Fogger" follows the bloody adventures of a face-breaking, seafaring vigilante in pursuit of polluters. Equal part greasy, Sabbathy hymns ("Shipwreck," "Orca") that connect with the subtlety of a windpipe massage, and epic, semi-orchestral blasts of Spaghetti Western art-rock ("Curse of the Red Tide," "Ballad of the Deep Sea Diver"), Legend of the Seagullmen delivers all the thrills of a big-budget B-movie with the sonic might of a broadside cannon.
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AllMusic Review by James Christopher Monger