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Seven Spires: Emerald Seas
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Seven Spires: Emerald Seas

Melodic/Symphonic/Power Metal
4.0/5.0

With band members hailing from various American states, Seven Spires was formed in 2013 by students attending the internationally known and respected Berklee College of Music in Boston. You may know one of the members, vocalist Adrienne Cowan who has added her voice to Sascha Paeth's Masters of Ceremony and Tobias Sammet's Avantasia. The band returns with their sophomore album, Emerald Seas, now signed to the Frontiers Music label.

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Musically, Seven Spires plays rather ambitious and naturally bombastic symphonic power metal. But as sort of a caveat emptor*, you should know that Seven Spires dabbles with some melodic death metal. I only mention this because I dislike death vocals with a passion. Yet in the last 20 years this vocal style has been a significant coin in the realm of heavy metal. If you like that sort of thing, you will like what you hear. Not so much for these ears. So, channeling more than a little Angela Gossow, Ms Cowan growls her way through Drowner Of Worlds and Fearless, but with only a slight notion of death vocals within Unmapped Darkness. Otherwise, Ms Cowan has an incredible voice with dramatic range and power. I found Ms Cowan quite marvelous within Succumb and Ghost Of A Dream, spine-tingling within Silvery Moon and With Love From The Other Side.

Considering some other songs, Seven Spires develops some epic symphonic metal with Bury You, which begins with and is led by classical piano. Alternatively, after a soft start, The Trouble With Eternal Life turns more upon classic European power metal with lots of gallop and groove. Throughout the album Berklee alum Jack Kosto delivers some excellent and fiery guitar solos. All in all, with Emerald Seas, Seven Spires offers listeners another album of their ambitious and naturally bombastic symphonic power metal, but with a nod to melodic death metal with gnarly growling in a few songs. Recommended.


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With Emerald Seas, Seven Spires offers listeners another album of their ambitious and naturally bombastic symphonic power metal, but with a nod to melodic death metal with gnarly growling in a few songs. Recommended.

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