|Review: Seventh Calling - Prelude to Madness|
|Prelude to Madness|
Label: Heaven and Hell Records
Year released: 2009
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: December 3, 2009
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
for:Prelude to Madness
This is one hell of a short release, at just over 12 minutes(!) Seventh Calling play barebones Heavy Metal – no frills, no gimmicks – just the basic instruments to create the three cuts on offer here. This is somewhat old school albeit with a modern sound – old school enough that this is just a few notches above hard rock; that kind of old school. ;) I find the instruments are often too overshadowed by the vocals, and whenever I play this, all I can remember are the vocal melodies because oftentimes I could barely hear the actual music – save of course when we hit the instrumental parts of the song (the solo at roughly 2:00 into "Blood for the Divine" is pretty cool.) The vocalist is pretty good, a rough voice that can hit higher notes – which he doesn't abuse so that this doesn't sound like a scream fest.
The music is mostly mid-paced, with kind of a constant galloping beat to hit that rarely ever gives up. It's pretty "sober" over all, not bad but at the same time never really taking off – this is at least in part due to a rather dull production. There's a lot of potential hidden in here, but they need to give this more punch if they want to make their mark. Decent.
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