|Review: Seventh Avenue - Between the Worlds|
|Between the Worlds|
Label: Massacre Records
Year released: 2003
Genre: Power Metal
Review online: March 10, 2010
Reviewed by: Bruce Dragonchaser
for:Between the Worlds
Rated 4/5 (80%) (5 Votes)
Germany's Seventh Avenue are one of those bands that by all means should be great but just aren't. Long time contributors to the melodic Power Metal scene, Between The Worlds was their fifth release and manages to wrap up all the generic attributes as if it were presenting them to extraterrestrial life forms. Want to know what Power Metal sounds like? Seventh Avenue will show you. Rampant double bass drumming, high-piercing vocals, girly choruses, fast harmony riffs, and epic synth abuse all dominate for an hour here, never once giving it rest (well, there are a number of AOR segments here and there, but the less said about them the better).
In essence, Seventh Avenue sound like Somewhere Out In Space-era Gamma Ray only without the same level of fun or sophistication, and while the production job is nice and tidy and guitarist/frontman Herbie Langhans's songs are all enjoyable, the album is overly protracted, with almost every track being three minutes longer than it needs to be, boasting too many sections and instrumental breaks. There is something about every track that holds your interest for a moment, but then that moment is gone, blown away by an unnecessary guitar solo or lame middle eight. As it happens, the band actually did produce a worthwhile album in Terium a number of years after this, but unless you're a Power Metal aficionado, you needn't lose sleep over missing this here product.
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