(7/10) Seven Kingdoms is a Florida-based quintet that started in 2007 with releasing their debut the same year. Two more longplayers followed and with a pretty stable line-up the band started to work on their newest output. “Decennium” is the name of the band’s fourth album, a record that comes with ten, mostly uptempo, power metal anthems.
After having listened to Seven Kingdoms’ newest “Decennium” album I had to think about this old Saturday Night sketch about the ‘Olympia Restaurant’ – cheeseburger, cheeseburger, cheeseburger. For the ones of you who never saw the sketch, it’s about a restaurant that, regardless what people order, just sell cheeseburgers, Pepsi and chips. The reason why I had to think about this funny episode was, because also on this album all a bit about the same. The US five-piece band build on what was developed by bands like Hammerfall and Blind Guardian which is basically the only offer.
The songs on “Decennium” are ‘tasty’, as a cheeseburger, but it’s also the only dish on this 10 tracks metallic menu. It’s also something that, even though being very popular, isn’t very unique. To stick to the metaphor means, that Seven Kingdoms make use of the same ingredients that have also been used from other bands before. The opener “Stargazer” shows more than ones that Finnish metal icons Stratovarius delivered a kind of blueprint for the song. The next one, “Undying”, is pushing the pedal quite strongly. The beginning reminds of Helloween, continuing as a speedy metal track that lives by the twin guitars and the excellent production of which the entire longplayer benefits from.
What sounds good in the beginning becomes also a bit lengthy as you go. After half of the album you could get the idea that you’ve heard things earlier the same way. OK, there are nuanced differences but the general pattern stays the same – high pace, bombastic sound, soaring vocals and raging twin guitars. A bit more deviation from the standard theme would have been a well-perceived and would have spiced-up a solid record. Or, if staying in the ‘cheeseburger’ metaphor – a bit of a different sauce, some extra lettuce, some extra bacon – all this would have added more excitement to the totality.
“Decennium” is an album that helps to appease hunger for good power metal. If this is what you are looking for, this longplayer delivers. In case you’re looking for something more extraordinary, not having the same thing every day, you better check out the offer first.
- In the Walls
- The Tale of Deathface Ginny
- Castle in the Snow
- The Faceless Hero
- Never ending
- Awakened from Nothing
Label: Napalm Records
Genre: Power Metal
Release Date EU: May 5th, 2017