Death SS - _The 7th Seal_
(Regain Records, 2006)
by: Jackie Smit (
Maybe it's their continued claim that they were the first band to combine horror and rock (guess no one passed them the memo about Alice Cooper) that rubs me the wrong way, but after a duly unimpressive turn on 2002's _Humanomalies_, Death SS have inexplicably been picked up by Regain Records and given another opportunity to torment the listening public. To be fair to them, they do offer more this time round than they have done in yonks. Songs like "Shock Treatment" and "Time to Kill" could even pass for second-rate Rob Zombie on a good day, with their heavy industrial riffage and chugging rhythms. But it's when Steve Sylvester starts singing, and those B-grade glam goth choruses rear their heads, that it all becomes a bit embarrassing. I'd happily tip my hat to any band who can stick it out for three decades as these Italians have, but there's very little evidence on _The 7th Seal_ to class Death SS as a seminal act in any way, shape or form.
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