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Aug 15

Seven Heads Ten Horns – The Foreshadowing (2016)

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The Foreshadowing - Seven Heads Ten Horns

The Foreshadowing has dropped a new album called Seven Heads Ten Horns, and while being worthwhile listen it definitely has some room to explore improvements. A gothic doom metal band hailing from Rome, Italy they are somewhat new to the game only officially starting in 2005 with their full-length debut. I felt the 80s’ and gothic doom metal influences as well as some folk mixed in throughout the tracks.

Ishtar is the first track on this album starting off with a light very folk like an introduction. Building slowly into the rest of the tracks for 2:30.

Fall of Heroes crashes into with heavy guitars thick with drums and clean vocals of Marco I. Benevento. While much of the song sludges through heavy and deep there is a small portion throwing back to the intro track’s folk sound.

Two Horizon’s guitars ring out the second you hit the play button, there is a lot of guitar work in the intro. Vocals break through the music that felt almost sad as the notes were played. This is not a ballad by any means, the drums keep the song heavy, crashing in the background the guitar switches between melancholy tone with I believe a violin seeping depth into this song.

New Babylon breaks the music intro that has been standard on the tracks thus far in the album, with what sounds like a possible riot in the beginning of the song. The guitars ring in, an almost military drumming brings the song to center where it really picks up. While having a strong sound throughout the song, the closing vocals enhanced by the religious style chanting sets this song a part as my favorite. My personal opinion that this track is an excellent one to bring to the table when showing this band off. It shows a lot of their talent range. To be honest, I had to listen to this song a few times because of the complexity to be able to write a solid idea of what is happening in it.

Lost Soldiers begins somber sounding with digitally changed up keyboard, this song heavily relies on the keyboards, vocals and drums at beginning. The guitars begin nearly two minutes into the song where they bring the tempo up which definitely gave layers and benefitted the song. I don’t feel as heavy with emotions with this song, while it is there but not quite as obvious as the previous tracks.

17 starts off a bit different, a bit faster and heavier with guitars taking focus. The vocals feel uncomfortable in the jumping off point however fit better once they take a few seconds break and start again.  This song I didn’t feel as strongly about as I have the others. Marco I. Benevento’s tone has stayed fairly the same throughout Seven Heads
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and at the 6th song it begins to blend.

Until We Fail begins and it reminds me of an 80s’ soft rock ballad as the song progresses it doesn’t go very heavy, it balances in a place of a gothic soft rock song. Its an odd finish to the very promising tracks that lead up to it.

All in all, I would say this is a good album that begins strongly. It is definitely worth a listen. Will the music be on my playlists? Absolutely. Will I be listening to this album on repeat for the next month slowly driving my friends and family out of their minds? No. While I feel this is a good album it isn’t a great one. It is missing variety in the vocals and while there are significant talent and a good sound it isn’t enough to keep it on the constant play.

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Track-listing:
1. Ishtar
2. Fall Of Heroes
3. Two Horizons
4. New Babylon
5. Lost Soldiers
6. 17
7. Until We Fail
8. Martyrdom
9. Nimrod (I – The Eerie Tower, II – Omelia, III – Collapse, V – Inno al Dolore)

Line-up:
Marco I. Benevento – Vocals
Alessandro Pace – Guitars
Andrea Chiodetti – Guitars
Francesco Sosto – Keyboards & Backing Vocals
Francesco Giulianelli – Bass
Giuseppe Orlando – Drums

Links:
http://www.theforeshadowing.com
https://www.facebook.com/theforeshadowing
https://www.instagram.com/theforeshadowing
https://www.youtube.com/c/theforeshadowingofficial
https://twitter.com/foreshadowing1

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