Tracklist1. 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
Your RatingCreate an account or log in to rate this album
Reviewing albums and pimping are quite different jobs, but they share one commonality: it ain’t easy. This is not to complain about the trials and tribulations of a staff writer for an online magazine; instead, it goes to show that sometimes an album is not easily reviewable. Other times, a reviewer is afraid to overrate or underrate an album and would rather wait and have his or her thoughts simmer for a bit. Take one listen to 7 Horns 7 Eyes and many thoughts come to mind, but the only one that should be important to you, dear reader, is this: “Holy something holy, this is awesome.”
In 2012, every crackpot reviewer wants to play a game of “name that influence,” aka, who is copying whom. To be fair, there are moments when 7 Horns 7 Eyes' sound evokes a few different bands; however, the band has the ability to take their influences and blend them (thanks for the metaphor, Rick!) into their own metal smoothie. The biggest ingredient is undoubtedly a progressive death template that was forged by Opeth, but other influences add a significant element to the overall taste pallet of the album. Throes of Absolution has a decidedly doom-y atmosphere, a la In Mourning, and the influence of atmospheric djent-core bands can be heard. Lastly, a great deal of melody and shred solos are added for the presentation aspect of the dish. And how about those guitar solos? They are scrumtrulescent, indeed. Overall, the listener is left with a veritable melting pot of death metal subgenres that goes down quite deliciously.
Throes of Absolution has the distinct honor of sounding a great deal like the band’s namesake, as each song on the album seems to evoke the wonder and awe of the coming apocalypse. The vocals of Shiv Polachek sound utterly demonic, as if he were shouting his lyrics from the netherworld to ward off the coming salvation of humankind. Then the heavenly, shred-tastic guitar solos and melodies serve as the enlightened counterparts, driving the demons away. The only complaint to be leveled at this album is that sometimes the band halters the growth of those melodies before they reach their highest peak. This is a minor issue, though, as the songs themselves barely suffer.
Overall, for those that feared for the impending doom of progressive death metal, here is your savior. 7 Horns 7 Eyes has served up a heavenly cornucopia of atmospheric yet melodic metal that will certainly satiate most metalheads’ appetites. This debut album was said to serve as a rebirth of a dying genre; if these songs are any indication, the prophecy was foretold correctly.