|Review: Seven Witches - City Of Lost Souls|
|City Of Lost Souls|
Label: Massacre Records
Year released: 2000
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: January 22, 2005
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
for:City Of Lost Souls
Rated 4/5 (80%) (12 Votes)
Oh well, this is a pretty good album I suppose. This is album number two for Seven Witches, who are now up to, what? Five? I have no idea. By 'Seven Witches' I of course mean 'Jack Frost and whoever he dragged into the studio this time', as we all know that this is one of those essentially one-man bands that cannot maintain a stable lineup for more than twenty seconds.
The album doesn't start out well, with a boring-ass spoken word intro track. But then the next two songs are perfectly good US Metal in the general Iced Earth vein. Things don't really perk up until we get to "Atlantis", which is a really good tune, as are "The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow" and closer "We Are The Coven". And none of these songs really stink except for the lame fucking cover of Pat Benatar's "Hell Is For Children". What is up with that? Bad enough that this song has already been covered by at least one metal band (Viking, on their 1989 "Man Of Straw" album – betcha thought nobody remembered that one.) But if you must cover a Pat Benatar song, at least do a cool one like "Invincible".
The guitarwork is good, as one would expect from Mr. Frost, and his tendency to write riffs that stop dead in the middle a la John Schaeffer has been reined in, so it only really becomes obtrusive on "Witching Hour". Vocal duties are handled by the awesome Bobby Lucas, who is now wailing even harder in Overlorde. The only real problem with this album is that most of it is just sort of blah. But there is some fun stuff on here, just skip tracks one and eight and we're all good.
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