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Review: Seventh Seal - The Sacred Test
Seventh Seal
The Sacred Test

Label: My Graveyard Productions
Year released: 2008
Duration: 60:07
Tracks: 10
Genre: Power Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: July 4, 2008
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
The Sacred Test

Rated 2.11/5 (42.22%) (9 Votes)

I was impressed by this band's debut The Black Dragon's Eyes, that came out...shit like five years ago. I suppose I didn't expect to see another album from them, really, but Seventh Seal have chops, and I am glad to find them still kicking. The Sacred Test is another feast for metalheads, with more of this band's hard-hitting Power/True Metal.

Comparisons to White Skull could still be made, and you could label this band generic, but that's not the right word, the word you want is 'orthodox'. Seventh Seal play heavy, melodic Power Metal with kickass vocals, twin-guitar harmonies, and some catchy, powerful songs. This is in no way different than their last album, stylistically, but I will note that it is darker and less 'flowery' sounding than the debut. Overall, this album is heavier and more aggressive, if not quiiiite as catchy. "Lucifer's Cry", "The End Of The Day" and "The Seventh Seal" all rock mightily. The ballad "I'm Free" is a bit of a dead spot — this band should just skip the ballads and concentrate on rocking ass. The cover of "Holy Diver" is pretty cool too.

Their debut showed promise, but this album really shows Seventh Seal maturing into a first-rate Power Metal band. If you like you some old White Skull or even Crystal Viper then this is a band to check out. I just hope it's not five more years before their next album.

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Review: The Black Dragon's Eyes (reviewed by Sargon the Terrible)
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