Power of Metal.dk Review

Seventh Key
I Will Survive
Rating
Style: Hard Rock
Release date: 1 November, 2013
Playing time: 51:20
 


Mike Slamer of City Boy and Streets and Billy Greer of Streets and Kansas are the founders of this magnificent melodic hard rock project called Seventh Key. Their debut disc was released in 2001 and the second album 'The Raging Fire' came in 2004. Almost ten long years have I been waiting for this album and finally is 'I Will Survive' in my possession. I had mega high expectations of this new album and I don't think I'm alone about that feeling. Mr. Slamer usually creates a smooth and unique sound behind the mixer table and he is also the producer of this album.

I find 'I Will Survive' extremely interesting and breathtaking in the beginning and in the two opening tracks I just fall into my big armchair and just inhale the wall of high quality progressive hard rock and Slamer/Greer overrun me with. Title track 'I Will Survive' is the best song on the entire album and breathe more of the progressive rock style than I had expected. 'Lay In on the Line' is more in the classic Slamer productions with very groovy guitars. 'I See You There' is a monster ballad with Asia sounding similarities. 'Itís Just a State of Mind' and 'Sea of Dreams' are surprisingly simple songs from these brilliant musicians. 'When Love Sets You Free' is not a killer track, but have some extravagance guitar moves, which save it from my axe.

My high expectations of this album are not totally fulfilled. First half is very good, but I can't give this album the top score I was hoping for. A decent overall rating is my final conclusion. Not a future classic Slamer album, but a very good candy bag with many goodies. If you are a fan and like the previous works from these rock n roll giants you will not be disappointed.

Mike Slamer: Guitar, Bass, Keyboard
David Manion: Keyboard
Chet Wynd: Drums
Billy Greer: Vocals, Bass


Tracklist
01. I Will Survive
02.
Lay In On The Line
03.
I See You There
04.
Itís Just A State Of Mind
05.
Sea Of Dreams
06.
Time And Time Again
07.
When Love Sets You Free
08.
Down
09.
The Only One
10.
What Loveís Supposed To Be
11. I Want It All
Label: Frontiers Records
Distribution: Target (Denmark)
Artwork rating: 88/100
Reviewed by: Patrik Skoglund
Date: 26 October, 2013
Website: www.frontiers.it/album/5173