Up for review today is the fifth installment from the incredible Seven Kingdoms ‘Decennium’. For those readers who are unfamiliar with the band Seven Kingdoms are an American power metal band who first formed in 2007 in DeLand, Florida. They have undergone a journey including few line up adaptations to find the incredible sound within their latest installment. As you can see the artwork for this album is one which will set every gamer/sci-fi fan/power metal fan’s heart into a flutter as the use of imagery is outstanding in relation to the opening track.
‘Stargazer’ has an incredibly catchy opening sequence making it the perfect introduction of what is about to come from the rest of the album. The vocals throughout the verses incites the listener to follow Sabrina on the quest of greatness supported by majestic riffs, aggressive solo work and a drum beat providing the sound of every power metal fan’s heart in this track.
Up next is the hard hitting ‘Undying’, an instant hit and a personal favorite track of my own. The use of vocals in this track in particular is done in a way which speaks to me and it will please many fans of Game of Thrones’ Mother of Dragons. This is a perfect example of the tightness within the band and I am sure will quickly become another favored track for those of you who love guitars as the solo in this track is one of the many highlights.
‘In The Walls’ is up next and my goodness this is yet another hard hitting and enchanting piece, based on one of the great H.P Lovecraft’s stories The Rats in the Walls. Showcasing the strengths within the band ‘In The Walls’ is yet another strong addition to the album with Aaron providing an outstanding galloping bass throughout accompanied with amazing guitar work from both Camden and Kevin.
‘The Tale Of Deathface Ginny’ hits you with a haunting guitar introduction leading into the bands recount of the daughter of death. This piece particularly highlights the incredible talent held within Sabrina providing the perfect combination of layered vocals and harmonies to take the listener on the journey with the band.
‘Castles In The Snow’ the first single release from the album which is a slightly slower track allowing the vocals to be prime focus displaying the highs and lows provided by Sabrina. Once again Seven Kingdoms have provided their fans with a strong piece providing all a power metal fan needs in music.
My personal favorite track has to be ‘Undying’ due to the incredible use of vocals and that killer solo, not to mention the use of storytelling ability provided by the whole band throughout this piece in particular. It provides all the entities I personally love from the power metal genre as a whole in one track which is rarely done as well as in this song.
Overall ‘Decennium’ (to be released 5th May 2017) is another outstanding installment from the ever evolving Seven Kingdoms, it provides the listener with catchy riffs, strong vocals, killer bass lines and thunderous drum beats giving you that unique sound power metal fans love.
Sabrina Cruz – Vocals
Camden Cruz – Guitars
Kevin Byrd – Guitars
Aaron Sluss – Bass
Keith Byrd – Drums
3. In The Walls
4. The Tale Of Deathface Ginny
5. Castles In The Snow
7. The Faceless Hero
10. Awakened From Nothing