7th Angel - _In Your Face_
(Independent, 2007)
by: Quentin Kalis (6.5 out of 10)
Not to be confused with the English evangelists Seventh Angel, this outfit call Slovenia home. Although _In Your Face_ would only be metal under the most liberal definition of the term, their hard rock numbers will resonate with those who consider 'real' metal to be an edgier realisation of the timeless "sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll" mantra rather than pseudo-Satanic kitsch or gothic melodrama. Some would argue such an outlook is dated, a product of a different era, and they would be right, as 7th Angel's brand of sleaze and glam tinged hard rock originates from a time well before "balkanisation" entered the lexicon. There is no shortage of retro-minded bands in metal from '80s thrash revivalists through to the hordes of Norse black metal worshippers, but I don't believe there are many young bands that sound like 7th Angel.

They do mange to create more than a few melodious hooks guaranteed to get toes tapping and heads nodding, but seem unable to do so in a consistent manner, resulting in a rather patchy release. Thus while "Born to Rock" and "Live for Love" are memorable, others quickly fall from the radar. The vocals are clearly enunciated and he is far more capable than the average raccoon faced screecher attempting clean vocals, but may grate after a while. It is not particularly sophisticated -- songs such as "Born to Rock" and Live for Love" are paeans to good times and um, love respectively, and permeated with rebel without a cause attitude. "Found" appears to an obligatory rock ballad. Those who grew up with this style of music may relish the opportunity to indulge in a nostalgic trip, but if you were never into the Eighties radio friendly metal this will not float your boat.

Contact: http://www.seventh-angel.com

(article published 8/6/2008)

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