The Seventh Gate - _None so Bloody as the Kingdom of Christ_
(Satan Rock Records, 2002)
by: Adrian Bromley (6.5 out of 10)
In a furious rage of aggression, this record opens to a massive barrage of death metal intensity, heavy-set grind grooves and vicious vocals. For some it may be a bit too much -- a whirlwind of intensity that will leave you fumbling for your balance -- but for those metalheads that like to get knocked around from the get go, the solid stride of The Seventh Gate will leave a smile on their bloody lips. Musically the band is pretty proficient at what they do: some nice guitar tones match up well with the vocals, and the band has a knack for bringing a slight technical feel to this demented death metal groove (check out numbers like "The Eternal" and "To Forget"). My only problem with The Seventh Gate's release is that, while there is some variety in the album, there doesn't seem to be enough to set it apart. A lot of the material follows the same routine and that provides us with little to go on or be attached with at some times. A little more variety and a step up (a notch) in the production end, and The Seventh Gate will be ready to take on any signed band.


(article published 12/4/2002)

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