Stormzone - Seven Sins

Stormzone Seven Sins cover
Stormzone
Seven Sins
Metal Nations Ltd
2015
7.5
Average: 6.3 (10 votes)
Oh my yet another band that incorporates the “seven deadly” concept in a concept album, probably the sixth I reviewed this year! However, I must admit that I have quite a soft spot for Ireland’s Stormzone, a band that started as a hard rock project some ten years ago with the fantastic debut “Caught in the Act” and little by little in the process of their four ensuing albums have turned into a pretty much full on metal band just a quite melodic one...
 
This whole concept revolves, around the “travels” of Dr. Dealer, a re-occurring character in several of the previous albums of the band, and his beautiful aid Bathsheba a fame fatale that acts as an informant for the charlatan snake-oil selling “dealer” as he rolls from town to town making a living while dealing out some twisted sort of “divine judgement”…
 
“Bathesba” (pronounced Bath-ish-baah) begins with some violin’s lamenting melody before it erupts into a full on metalic epic. Reminiscent of a cross between Iron Maiden’s most melodic 80 moments, Praying Mantis’s most epic output, maybe with a bit of the flair of the early Demon and Blitzkrieg. While “Harv” Harbinson, can sound a bit nasal at moments, his overall timbre is likeable, so his higher mids are not annoying by any means. Fact of the matter had he joined Maiden in the place of Blaze Bayley, I’m pretty sure, he would have felt like a better fit... mind ya, the band is seemingly championed by “Neal Kay” the very DJ/guy that “discovered”/helped popularize Iron Maiden in London...
 
“Another Rainy Night” is a lot more melodic and tips towards traditional hard rock and while its theme is quite sinister, it’s overtly melodic bridge/chorus… is a “killer”. The whole atmosphere, reminded me also of Stormwitch, minus the occasional off key wailing that would at times, plague them.
 
“Your Time Has Come” starts gripping the reins and resumes the “more metallic” atmospherics, driven by a simple riff and chorus that however become quite effective, when combined with the spiraling, towering, verses that build constantly around the songs main melody.
 
“The One That Got Away” begins with a heavy rhythmic section but slowly turn into a more melodic hard rocking tune that however maintains a good deal of metal, trademarks… but is a little so and so.
 
“I Know Your Pain” however seems to remedy the temporary dip by taking the same formulae and actually bearing better results from it. Considerably heavier, this number begins with a bit of drum bashing before evolving into a heavy and rhythmical, yet ultra melodic piece, about “the nightmarish Dr.Dealer”…
 
The title track, obviously refers to the “Seven Sins” and manages to tower above the songs that precurse it, by managing to have a very extended verse that actually morphs into the chorus without changing the motif too much and yet it doesn’t tire, even with the song being well above six minutes… the solo as well manages to be unobtrusive but to add to the track an art lost on a lot of guitarists, who just solo to show off...
 
“You’re not the Same” has some “female victim” screaming in agony and continues tightrope walking the fine line between heaviness and melody. Harbinson uses more of his lower register on this and obviously that’s where he’s most comfortable and sounds fuller not that he’s bad when he goes a little higher… the piece has a bizarre theatricality and feels quite more than your average, run of the mill, power metal piece...
 
“Raise the Knife” has some weird, yet effective playful dynamics during the chorus as Harbinson belts the line in quite a unique way. Yet Another tasteful solo and a pretty good song overall.
 
“Abandoned Souls” is another melodic, yet metallic romp bu, here Harbinson’s mixed voice relies more on falsetto so he tends to sound quite thin at times and that contrasts badly with when he used chest to sing.
 
“Special Brew” sees Harbinson going for some fuller vocals and feels more apt... it’s quite melodic and almost mockingly “joyous” at people, who are allegedly trying to find some cure to their ailments through “Dealers” potions and brews…
 
“Master of Sorrow” is expectedly a bit more “blue” but in a melodic metal way the flow of the album is quite consistent and hardly any songs feel “out of place”...
 
“Born of the Damned” closes the album and it lingers a bit on the atmosphere that “MOS” has built before in unfurls a quite epic and hard hitting new verse... it’s chorus comes complete with singalong vocalisms in the tradition of the best maiden tunes so you get the picture a nice solo ensues and then more repetitions of the chorus until the songs fades away...
 
Certainly a step up from the last couple of albums and being a concept at that “Seven Sins” is quite an achievement for Stormzone, a band who I would not recommend to the “faint of heart”. The weekend “metal warriors” who will download an album and never listen to it but profess to have “XXXX” albums in their hard drive. Those old-schoolers not too stuck on vinyl or bands that existed pre-198X or not in a band (thinking they’re the best thing since sliced bread) will probably like them and like them in a big way.

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