7 Horns 7 Eyes are a relatively new band from Seattle, Washington. In 2012 they have released their debut album Throes of Absolution with major label Century Media. What 7 Horns 7 Eyes plays is a blend of Melodic Death Metal mixed in with Doom metal and some Progressive elements. With this debut they have created a monstrous sound.
Throes of Absolution starts off with the song Divine Amnesty, a song that starts off with an epic, bombastic intro where the band goes from light guitar with strings and expands with drums then the band changes to more dark tone where vocalist Shiv gives the listener a monstrous growl. Shiv seems to be a powerful vocalist for 7 Horns 7 Eyes where his growl is more than capable of destroying mountains. One thing to note with 7 Horns 7 Eyes are their mixture of styles. In their second song Phumis: The Falsehood of Affliction, Guitarists Aaron Smith and Sean Aif start off with a groove like riff like something Meshuggah would do. They wear their influences on their sleeves ranging from the aforementioned Meshuggah to Katatonia to Opeth to even Morbid Angel. Both Aaron and Sean really know how to play the guitar creating interesting leads coupled with crushing groove riffs. Drummer Ryan Wood and bassist Brandon Smith are extremely good at what they do especially with the changes that this band does. 7 Horns 7 Eyes’s sound is unique in it’s own way, one can tell of their influences but their execution is so well done that they don’t merely just riff off bands. Another thing to note is in the last song Regeneration where none other than guitar virtuoso Jeff Loomis graces his presence onto the album.
7 Horns 7 Eyes has created a powerful debut album in Throes of Absolution. Time will tell of the progress that this band will make in the near future. Throes of Absolution is a wonderful listen and is sure to impress many metal-heads from all sides of the spectrum.
1. Divine Amnesty
2. Phumis: The Falsehood of Affliction
3. The Hill Difficulty
4. Cycle of Self
6. A Finite Grasp of Infinite Disillusion
8. The Winnowing