Blues based metal that is more bluesy than metal, blending
the two in an interesting way that few others do without sounding like a grunge
The guitar work is of particular note - a tone and range of technique that in
blues based bands is becoming much rarer. A very good mix.
What is also of note are the vocals, in some ways good in others not so good. I
mean they're not out of tune or anything silly - it's rather because in a few
places on the album the vocal style doesn't seem to fit. Without wanting to
sound patronising, it sounds a little 'young' in places where it needs to be
older. If you take an example, the songs 'Bittersweet Seduction' and my personal
favourite 'Broken' are both musically and vocally matched very well - the tone
and melancholy nature of the latter in particular could not, in my opinion, be
sang any other way and sound as good.
This is the style throughout the album and where everything else changes and
mixes things around in very interesting ways, the vocals remain the same and
consequently in some places they appear to lack enthusiasm. 'Let It Out' is
perhaps a good example of how to demonstrate this, with the cleaner parts of the
chorus coming together very well but the singing in the heavier verse parts not
adapting to suit the
I don't think this will hold them back at all. This is Seventrain's first
offering - there's room to grow into their sound and adapt accordingly and on
other occasions throughout the album where everything does come together it
really has hard hitting power.
Like I said, the ancient problem with the blues or a blues based genre -
particularly the guitars - is that it can become very repetitive if it's allowed
to. Seventrain do not allow that to happen - that's probably the hardest
obstacle, and they conquered on their first album. They are touring in the USA
this summer. If the train makes it across to Europe I'm there.