Stormzone - ‘Seven Sins’ (Metal Nation Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Jim Rowland   
Monday, 31 August 2015 03:40

Stormzone‘Seven Sins’ is album number five for Northern Ireland’s Stormzone, and marks their first stab at a full blown concept album. Set in the 18th century, the album tells the story of the mysterious Dr Dealer, his travelling troupe of various gifted misfits and the Seven Sins Emporium into which he invites men to test their resolve and strength.

 

Stormzone have been together for just over ten years now, and in recent years have moved away from their AOR roots to embrace a harder, power metal sound and indeed ‘Seven Sins’ contains twelve cuts of potent power metal whilst retaining a strong melodic sensibility, largely down to the soaring lead vocals of John "Harv" Harbinson. Tracks like ‘Bathsheba’, ‘I Know Your Pain’ and ‘Abandoned Souls’ represent the harder edge to the album whilst ‘Master Of Sorrow’ and ‘Another Rainy Night’ illustrate the melodic rock/AOR roots of the band still remain, with the latter being a particularly strong slice of melodic rock.

 

Title track ‘Seven Sins’ has the feel of epic Iron Maiden to it, and indeed the influence of Maiden raises its head across several of the album’s tracks, such as the galloping metal of ‘Special Brew’. I can’t pretend this is my metal of choice by any stretch of the imagination, but I can recognise that for melodic rock/metal that packs a powerful punch, ‘Seven Sins’ is an accomplished album.

 

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