Seven - Breaking The Chains

Year of Release: 2000
Label: Loud 'n' Proud
Catalog Number: n/a
Format: CD
Total Time: 53:05:00

During 1995 the heavy metal band Warhammer recorded their self-financed mini-CD Riders. The record was printed and 500 copies were distributed by the members of the band. Due to the lack of distribution one CD ended up at Loud 'n' Proud, which showed their interest in the band. Loud 'n' Proud contacted the members in 1998, but by then the band had split up. Fortunately 3 of the members had continued playing together and formed Seven. A demo by Seven found it's way to Loud 'n' Proud, which, a while later, signed the band.

Seven deliver slow-to-mid paced heavy metal with a melodic touch, mixed with Swedish folk music. Due to the absence of keyboards, this is fairly guitar-dominated, although the good, mid-ranged vocals are slightly up-front in the mix. At first spin this disc sounded pretty uninspiring and boring, but after listening to this a couple of times more, I immediately started to enjoy this CD. The melody-lines are quite good, filled with choir-like choruses. Elements like choirs, flutes and field drums are nicely incorporated into their songs. Although there are not exactly any killer songs here, the overall quality of the CD is quite good, as each song is of good quality. Not bad at all.

The production could be better though, it sounds a bit thin and raw. Having said that, the production does not prevent you from enjoying the songs. Seven is a band to keep an eye on. This CD is a confirmation of the potential of the band. They are definitely on to something here. You could do a lot worse than checking this CD out.

[This review originally appeared November 2002 at the ProgPower Online review site -ed.]

Silent My Voice / Break The Chains / Bleeding / Darkened Eyes / Today The March Begins / One With The Land / Eternal Conflicts / Crying In The Wind / Black Circle / United

Wiktor S?derstr?m - vocals
Gabriel ?sterlund - guitar
Kennet Jansson - bass
Magnus Lindh - drums

Breaking The Chains (2000)

Genre: Progressive-Power Metal

Origin SE

Added: February 20th 2005
Reviewer: Bjørnar Bevolden
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Language: english


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