With guitarist Jeff Loomis of Nevermore fame featuring here – there is much to rave about the bold and sweeping axes on 7 Horns 7 Eyes latest release “Throes of Absolution”. The album is exuberantly chiselled with complex rhythms and atmospheric technicalities with the guitars packing a fierce under-belly of impressive. Conversely, “Throes of Absolution” fails to deliver on drum work which only whisper on the tracks and the vocals (true to the death metal genre) loses its edge along the album. Despite the short fall, the release hones on high production values and distinctly captures a sadistic atmosphere through its refined melodies.
Basick Records released the notable album from the Seattle based band on 23 April 2012 compelling quite a stir. The fancy guitar work and tasty riffs of 7 Horns 7 Eyes are striking especially on the opening track “Divine Amnesty” and further down the list “Cycle of Self”. The former track embodies a tight piece with emphasis on tempo while the latter bolsters an appetite for detail. “Regeneration” adds an attention-grabbing highlight to “Throes of Absolution”. The track is purely instrumental and seems to come full circle in the album’s concept.
Another track that tugs at the headbangers strings is “Vindicator” which was featured on a prior 7 Horns 7 Eyes digital single. The melodies are at hand, the ferocity is present and the tonal fume is delivered partially raising reminiscence to Opeth. On a critical level, the atmospheric additions on the album may come across as overpowering and as mentioned – the drums are somewhat withdrawn. Vocalist, JJ Polachek, gave a powerful roaring pitch at the beginning but melted into monotone towards the later stages of the album.
Apart from all the sweet talk, “Throes of Absolution” took several listens to hook in and be smothered. Eventually, the studio release grew on me though I still cannot work out what is missing. 7 Horns 7 Eyes have put out an album with a death punch of incredible guitar work and chiselled rhythms and deserve a ravishing 8/10