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Seven Spires: Gods Of Debauchery
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Seven Spires: Gods Of Debauchery

Melodic/Symphonic/Death Metal
3.5/5.0

Frankly, the album cover to Seven Spires new and third album, Gods Of Debauchery threw me a curve ball. First, is this the same band? Second, is this album some form of death and/or black metal? Because all that's missing in the graphics are a few pentagrams and an image of Baphomet. Not to worry, a small statue of the pagan idol appears on vocalist Adrienne Cowan's mic stand in the video for the title track.

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But to answer the questions. Yes, this is Seven Spires, the American metal band formed by talented musicians from Berklee College of Music in Boston. As for the death/black metal question, I would offer a muddling, perhaps even more so then in the past. Present in their epic and bombastic symphonic power metal are Cowan's prominent death vocals and, lyrically, perhaps some black metal. You'll hear the former from the start with Gods Of Debauchery and The Cursed Muse, but also within Shadow On An Endless Sea or Gods Amongst Men. That's just a sample. As for the latter, without having the lyrics in front of me (and struggling through the death vocals), the black metal themes seem to come with Gods Amongst Men, This God Is Dead, and Gods Of Debauchery. Alternatively, things seem abandoned with Ghost Of Yesterday and Lightbringer, by example, more symphonic melodic metal tunes. Through Lifetimes is totally symphonic metal with calm and choral vocals and some gentle keyboard lines. I guess many of these song variations exist solely to emphasis Ms Cowan's vocal styles and range. Because of the mixture of genres, perhaps progressive metal is the best way to describe Gods Of Debauchery and Seven Spires ever-evolving musical explorations. In this context, it's their most ambitious album to date.




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The Take Away

Because of the mixture of genres, perhaps progressive metal is the best way to describe Gods Of Debauchery and Seven Spires ever-evolving musical explorations. In this context, it's their most ambitious album to date.

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