Power of Metal.dk Review

Across the Seven Seas
Style: Neo Classical Metal
Release date: 24 May, 2013
Playing time: 49:29

A nice debut this 'Across the Seven Seas'. Ex-members of Angel of Eden and Artension form the base of this band.

Vocalist John West, Mistheria on keys and Roger Staffelbach on guitars. The guest musicians on this album are rather impressive; Dani Löble (Helloween), Chris Caffery (Savatage, TSO), John Macaluso (Yngwie Malmsteen, TNT) and Steve DiGiorgio (Sadus). No doubt about the musical skills on this record and also the songs are well written.

The album is full of neo-classical (up)-tempo power metal with some progressive influences. John West has the perfect voice for this genre and the production is top notch. Lovers of Royal Hunt, Yngwie Malmsteen, Artension and Majestic will like this for sure. The band succeeds in keeping the songs rather heavy and with a good tempo, only the ballad "Ode to My Angel" is the exception.

It happens too often that known musicians put together in a band can't live up to expectations, but in this case they sure do!

01. 2012
02. Devout
03. Across the Seven Seas
04. You're Still Away
05. Ode to My Angel
06. Fight for the Light
07. Demon in My Mind
08. Return of the Pharaoh PT3
09. Heresy
10. Nightmare Life
Label: SPV/Steamhammer
Distribution: Playground Music (Scandinavia)
Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: 22 May, 2013
Website: www.facebook.com/artlanticamusic