7 Horns 7 Eyes
THROES OF ABSOLUTION
If there was a new age of Death Metal on the horizon, this would be it. 7 Horns 7 Eyes have created a hybrid death metal album that is a stylistic masterpiece of various genre and band influences. Many are calling this a Progressive Death Metal sound, and I guess I see that. To me though, they take some of the various soundscapes of heavy progressive metal, mix in some odd ball timings that would make Meshuggah proud, and layer death metal vocals over top of it to round out the sound. People are always looking for something different...well, here it is.
THROES OF ABSOLUTION is a massive sounding record, first and foremost. Unlike the overwhelming majority of death metal that simply relies on the bludgeoning of each instrument at hyperspeed to set the tone and pacing of each and every song, this collection of songs stands out because every song starts with creative soundscaping and lush production on each song. In many ways, the arrangements are very reminiscent of Opeth. Songs like "Cycle Of Self" have an almost Nevermore like feel to the music, thanks in large part to guitarists Aaron Smith and Sean Alf. Nowhere on THROES OF ABSOLUTION do these two allow themselves to be sucked into any of the typical death metal standards of "play fast, then play faster". To the contrary, there are two distinct guitar lines that create a sinister ambience in songs like "Delusions". These guys are very solid players who would fit just as well in bands like Evergrey or Archetype as they do in something as heavy as 7 Horns 7 Eyes.
As for the one part of the band that's distinctly Death Metal, just listen to vocalist JJ Polachek. This guy is a guttural barker; a low toned growler that conjures the voice of Satan with each and every word he barks out nearly inaudibly. Songs like "Vindicator" are filled with stardard vocals that you would expect from the stage of your local deathfest!
PITRIFF RATING - 86/100 - Like just about all death metal, I'm not enamored with the range lacking, inaudible vocals here. That is more than made up for by some serious precision musicianship though, which carries 7 Horns 7 Eyes on it's own. Solid music for tthe fan of extreme metal.