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Review: Seven Spires - Gods of Debauchery
Seven Spires
Gods of Debauchery

Label: Frontiers Records
Year released: 2021
Duration: 1:17:36
Tracks: 16
Genre: Symphonic Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: October 9, 2021
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating
Gods of Debauchery

Rated 4.2/5 (84%) (5 Votes)

Gods of Debauchery is the third album from Boston, Massachusetts' Seven Spires, a group I've been following with a good deal of interest the past few years. With this new release, the band continues to push boundaries and add different elements to their take on symphonic/gothic metal. There's a distinct Middle Eastern vibe running through some of the songs, while on others the cinematic sweep they featured on the last album are again present. Seven Spires gives "Lightbringer" a bit of an electronic feel with a pumping bass line and repetitive yet catchy vocal lines (but nothing like feet-first jump into the dance pool of Beast in Black on From Hell with Love, thankfully) and Adrienne Cowan continues to stretch her vocal cords with more extreme singing. On songs like "This God is Dead" and "Gods of Debauchery", we're talking full-on black/death howls. It will be interesting to see how she manages the transition in the live setting. There are a few guests, notably former Kamelot and current Conception singer Roy Khan and it is nice to hear his voice again, if only on this one track. All this adds up to another highly enjoyable album from this talented band, but there are a couple of things that bug me a little bit. First, at 77 minutes, this album is long. Even with as much quality music as Gods of Debauchery contains, it's a big ask to sit through from start to finish. Second, I don't think the songwriting is quite as good as on previous albums. When they put the hammer down, like on "Oceans of Time," Seven Spires can sweep you up in their musical whirlwind and, while I don't want an entire album of double-kick drums any more than anyone else, the album's length spaces these moments of excitement out a little too much for my taste. Minor criticisms aside, Gods of Debauchery is a very good album that should be right in your wheelhouse if you enjoy Delain, Ancient Bards, Voices of Destiny, etc.

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