|Review: Seven Spires - Solveig|
Year released: 2017
Genre: Symphonic Metal
Review online: December 7, 2017
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Rated 3.67/5 (73.33%) (6 Votes)
On the surface, Seven Spires would appear to be another in a long line of female-fronted symphonic/gothic bands and while they clearly fit in beside the likes of Epica, Delain, Voices of Destiny, et al, they have more to offer than a rehash of clichés you've heard before. Their debut, Solveig, is lengthy, bombastic and ambitious because that's what the style demands but the songwriting is rather accomplished for a band that's only been around for a couple of years. The singer may not have the operatic range of a Floor Jansen or Simone Simons but she deftly handles multiple styles, often within the same song, from clean singing to Jill Janus screams to death growls. This gives the songs like "The Cabaret of Dreams" an added depth. She and the band can crank out a power metal anthem like the best of them in a song like "Distant Lights" or ramp up the double-kick drums on "Ashes." They can also create subtle emotional atmospheres on "100 Days" a song that reminds me of something from Autumn's Altitude, no faint praise.
I listen to a lot of symphonic metal and I am thoroughly impressed with Seven Spires. Make room between your copies of Once and We are the Others for Solveig.
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