Silver Seraph - _Silver Seraph_
(Regain Records, 2002)
by: Vincent Eldefors (7.5 out of 10)
Do you remember what bands like Deep Purple and Rainbow used to sound like with all those '70s organs and catchy vocal lines? If you don't, then I suggest that you check out those bands, because you are missing out on a very important part of the history of metal and music in general. Why am I telling you this? The thing is that Silver Seraph, the band I am about to review, have decided that it was about time that somebody revived the good old spirit of these legendary bands. Not that this is a cover album, but the song structures, melodies, vocals, keyboard arrangements and everything else cannot be regarded as anything other than a retro trip. Silver Seraph is one of those so-called all-star bands that have been popping up like mushrooms in the Autumn during the last five years or so. I would say that some musicians have a little too much self-belief, because you can not focus on a hundred things at the same time and make everything sound equally good. I do understand this development, though, because everyone wants to be able to live off what they do. Anyway, Silver Seraph is one of the few all-star bands who have actually impressed me. The line-up consists of Peter Wildoer (Darkane, Majestic), Pete Sandberg (Alien, Jade, Midnight Sun) and Richard Andersson (Majestic), names that should be familiar to everyone with an interest in the Swedish metal and hard rock scenes. While most of the songs on this album sound very '70s, there are also modern touches with a fair amount of neo-classical riffs. This is probably due to certain members in the band being pretty much into the power metal wave. This is a great debut album, and tracks like "7th Day of Babylon" and "In the Dark" will help them gain the attention they deserve. If you love classic hard rock / metal and wouldn't mind an album that still sounds fresh and modern, then this is for you.


(article published 1/9/2002)

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