Pretty boy melodic hardcore just got dropped in a blender with the likes of Atreyu and Disturbed, and a shed load of hope for a rare second chance at success in the music industry. What should be disaster however resulted in an interesting take on the future of metal.
Seven Deadly on the face things should have been a write off from the start, they boast of members who have already been there and done it in the form of Panic Cell and a scary thought of old men trying to be 20 again springs to mind. However, lesson learned, don’t judge a band until you’ve heard their music!
Combining classic metal riffing comparable to that of Metallica, with hinted electronics and sampling, drummer Rob Hicks brings a modern spice to create what is a forward thinking approach to modern metal in the form of a sadly generic titled album Obliviation. The band waste no time at all, Play The Game is one of the strongest pieces of music on display here, it sets the bar high not only for the rest of the album but for every other band out there trying to build a career in the future of metal.
The band seem to fall into gear 4 for a while with the exception of Posthumous, but just when it would seem the majority of the bands creativity was plugged into one song, the title track arrives, with force, and gunfire and a big gang of men shouting in demand of a crowd of angry fist pumping metal heads. The chorus is captivating as Archie Wilson puts in his best vocal performance of the album. From here the album flows through a range of variations on the same idea and is possibly redeemed in the dramatic ending that is Time Ghost.
A few fantastic tracks, some great ideas, but sadly a lot of the same same thing, an electronically driven breakdown here and there, and some string sections wouldn’t go amiss. It seems the bands ability to create a truly pioneering work was lost 3 minutes and 6 seconds in.