7th Moon - _Alter Alma_
(Icarus Records, 2002)
by: Adrian Bromley (6 out of 10)
Listening to the music of this Spanish sextet, it is hard not to hear The Gathering or Lacuna Coil as the music is pretty much played in the same format and style throughout. While The Gathering has a very dream-like quality and Lacuna Coil has a very seductive, passionate flow to things, 7th Moon's format revolves around a much darker element, a real gothic/stoic feel coming over some of the arrangements. This style adds some interesting pieces for the band to comb through as singer Sonia offers up her vocal passages. While the singer has a very beautiful voice (check out the track "The Shine of the Unknown"), and the rest of the band does offer up some interesting passages, the music doesn't really offer much that we haven't heard before. In other words, there is nothing that really sets them apart. One thing is to be a great musician, the other is being able to separate yourself from the rest of the pack. In due time I'm sure 7th Moon will find some prestige with what they do, but for now they'll just have to wait for the spotlight to shine on them.

(article published 12/4/2002)

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