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Review: Seven Thorns - Return to the Past
Seven Thorns
Return to the Past

Label: Nightmare Records
Year released: 2010
Duration: 45:21
Tracks: 9
Genre: Power Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: January 23, 2011
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating
Return to the Past

Rated 3.9/5 (78%) (10 Votes)

It is no secret that I am a Power Metal fan. The faster the double-kicks, the catchier the choruses and the more sweeping and majestic the keyboards and guitars, the better, at least in my book. That is why I am so pleasantly surprised with Return to the Past from Denmark’s Seven Thorns. Throw in some super cheesy lyrics and I’m in heaven.

Evoking, if not quite emulating, early Sonata Arctica, Keepers-era Helloween, Silent Force, Angra, the list goes on and on, Seven Thorns go pretty much balls-out from start to finish on Return to the Past. Each and every track features at least some double-kicks, and while that will turn off Power Metal detractors, fans will eat this up. There isn’t even a ballad to disrupt the album’s flow. Singer Erik "EZ" Blomkvist has a solid, mid-range voice, not unlike D.C. Cooper in spots, and only occasionally goes for the high notes (a good thing too, he doesn’t seem completely comfortable up there). The rest of the band sound accomplished throughout. At Vance’s Olaf Lenk contributes the guitar solo on "Liberty," but Seven Thorns’ guitarist Christian B. Strojer knows his way around a fret board, as well.

There is nothing remotely original on Return to the Past, but everything is expertly played and all the notes are in the right places. Songs like "Freedom Call," "Liberty" and "Spread Your Wings" are sufficiently anthemic that I was singing along by the time the choruses came around for the second time (production by Tommy Hansen will do that). If you like Power Metal, pick up Return to the Past and you’ll be singing along, too.

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