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Review: The Seventh Gate - None So Bloody As The Kingdom Of Christ
The Seventh Gate
None So Bloody As The Kingdom Of Christ

Label: Independent
Year released: 2001
Duration: 35:03
Tracks: 12
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: April 4, 2002
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
None So Bloody As The Kingdom Of Christ

Rated 3.2/5 (64%) (5 Votes)

The Seventh Gate is a metal band hailing from Virginia. I say metal band since they do not fall into any specific category, often sounding more like speed/thrash metal, sometimes more heavy metal and sometimes Death Metal, and thankfully not flooding the listener with blast beats like some other bands. I think the band refer to themselves as "Satan Rock". The vocals however are pretty much in the Death Metal genre, with very deep growls and some very annoying screeches - I've never used the "cookie monster" analogy before, but it does apply to the screeches here. Some will like, some won't (I don't ;)). The last song however features clean vocals except for the last fifteen seconds - I found that song to be a bit grungy and not really up to par with the rest of the album. There's also a bit of narration here and there as an intro to a couple of songs.

Some riffs seem to have been heavily influenced by MoP and AJFA-era Metallica, especially on the eight track. The influence is there elsewhere but much less obvious. The most Death Metal-sounding parts remind me a little of Immolation, especially the guttural vocals. Overall the band has done a very good job mixing heavy metal, speed/thrash and death metal in their music and the result -musically- is quite refreshing and won't leave you with this "yet another death metal band" feeling. Personally I had to phase out the vocals to really enjoy the album, your mileage may vary. I have to mention the presence of a few silent tracks that last a few seconds. I don't see much point in doing this, other than annoying the listener - but this is still much less annoying than bands who leave a thirty minutes silence before a hidden track. Nevertheless, lose a quarter point in the rating for this offense. ;) I recommend this album to Death Metal fans and to speed/thrash fans who can stomach the vocals.

Additional Information

- CD available through the band's web site

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