Death SS - The 7th Seal
Regain Records - RR 108 - 2006
By Brandon Strader
These guys must have found out somehow that there was a group called Death
already, so they popped up a couple S's on there for good measure. There was a band called Death
before? Hmmm... you know, any band playing death or black metal should know of the existence of Death
, so I will just assume these guys named themselves in tribute to Death
, may Chuck rest in peace.
The 7th Seal
begins with some tambourine hits, some timpanis, and a reversed spoken dialogue smothered with reverb. A pounding powerchord enters, and eventually the song evolves into a work-out tape influenced gay romp through the woods. It evolves even further into the corniest, most horrible modern heavy metal you could ever expect to hear. Think Iron Maiden
fused with The Village People
. There is a bunch of layered group yelling / chanting, but the main vocalists sound like a normal guy trying to pull off heavy metal vocals. It's very sad indeed, and not even the impressive guitar solos could save The 7th Seal
from that cobweb-stuffed area of your CD collection.
These guys tried to pull off the black metal look but instead they look like spacemen, and combined with the corniness and simplicity of the music, they really look like fools! If your idea of fun is single power-chord chorus progressions and equally simple verses, then Death SS
is for you. The orchestration on the second song, 'Venus Gliph'
, is kind of impressive but it sounds too good to be keyboards... possibly programmed, or some kind of samples. Does a keyboard exist with such good sound? Hmmm....
Yeah I'm gonna stick with my above statements.
In conclusion, the music is overly produced yet too over-simplified which is always a very horrible combination. It's like an all old man version of Evanescence
but these guys inevitably manage to suck even more than Evanescence
, what the heck! Who would have ever thought such a feat possible! Ahhh, now that you mention it, I think that's a real orchestra. The song ends with the orchestra by itself. Well, when you're making radio heavy metal crud like this, I guess you can afford to spend a little extra and get an orchestra to play throughout your album. Recommended to fans of crap!
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