|Review: Seventh Calling - Epidemic|
Label: Heaven and Hell Records
Year released: 2010
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: September 21, 2010
Reviewed by: Hermer Arroyo
Rated 4/5 (80%) (4 Votes)
Epidemic is the second album from Seventh Calling. I've never heard of them but when I got this promo I was surprised that this is US underground Metal. They have a lot in common with bands like October 31, Deceased and Omen. But this band isn't as developed in the songwriting department as those groups. The music here is at a mid-pace, there is nothing here that will make your head explode or anything like that. As I was listening to the album, I got a very familiar feeling from it, like I had heard the stuff here before. Not just in comparison with the other bands but with the tracks here as well.
It would not have been a problem if the stuff here was amazing, but it just isn't. There are some cool riffs and solos here, in that department the band deliver the goods. But most the time the album feels like it needed more time to refine; an example of this is the nine minute closing track "Beyond (the Wicked Lies)". Aside from the songwriting, there are two more issues that I had here. First the singer, it takes time to get used to his voice, it is very raw and raspy, he is often off key and struggles when singing high. Second, the production. While I appreciate the underground feeling that the band was trying to accomplish I felt like it was weak and lacked any punch at all.
That being said there are some highlights here like the title track, "Test of Time" and "Rising Against", proving that they have the ability to write pretty good songs. But at the end of the day I wanted to like this more but I just couldn't. Epidemic is not a bad album but it is not great either, solid is the best word that I can come up with to describe it. I really hope that the potential shown here can be realized with their next album. Until then, I'll keep my expectations moderately high.
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