|Review: Seventh One - Sacrifice|
Label: Massacre Records
Year released: 2002
Genre: Power Metal
Review online: January 14, 2010
Reviewed by: Bruce Dragonchaser
Rated 3.75/5 (75%) (8 Votes)
Seventh One were one of those bands that had people talking back in the day (when Myspace and all its other like-minded brainwashing, idiot-creating website brothers were yet to materialize), and when a band got to the top of the metal charts of the now defunct mp3.com, it meant there was something people liked about them. What people liked about Seventh One was that unlike, say, five years ago, there weren't five hundred million bands coming from Sweden that wanted to be HammerFall. Seventh One were in luck. They had a snazzy demo out, a cool logo, and enough lyrics like 'On my quest for the holy grail...' to bag them a deal with Massacre records. Sacrifice, their debut, was a highly promising concept. The actual result, however, wasn't quite the masterpiece we all hoped it would be.
There is much to enjoy on Sacrifice. For one, the production is solid and better than any HammerFall ever had, and the performances are free from restraint, earning a lung-busting show of talent from frontman Rino Fredh, whose mid-range vibrato is thick and excellent. Musically there are a lot of majestic guitar harmonies and double kicking (what else, I ask ya?), but where the band went wrong was in their somewhat misguided detour into unneeded aggression. This not only came in the down-tuned guitars, but also in the backing vocals, which had been shiny and bright on their demo, and here are barking and dark. This ruins what could have been some superb choruses, particularly on "The Seventh Eye" and "Eternally". The derivative quality of the album is more apparent now than at the time (when I originally bought it), but Sacrifice is still a tasty serving of old-school Power Metal in the Dreamland/Nocturnal Rites/Dream Evil vein that should at least be sampled, if just for the masterful title track and Fredh's silky vocal performance.
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