Seven Kingdoms – In the Walls EP
Release Date: September 30, 2016
Four long years have passed since Florida’s power metal heroes, Seven Kingdoms, have regaled fans with new music. The good news is a new full-length album is in the works for a January 2017 release. The better news is they band will release a new Kickstarter funded EP on September 30th featuring two tracks from the new record as well as two re-recorded classics from Seven Kingdom‘s 2007 debut album, Brothers of the Night. The bad news, if you didn’t get in on their Kickstarter campaign, good luck on getting your ears on this EP as there will be no digital release–physical copies only.
In the Walls was recorded with Jim Morris (Iced Earth, Savatage, Death) and Phil Pluskota (Sonic Assault Studios, Abiotic, King Conquer) at North Avenue Studios and Morrisound Recording. The EP was also mastered at Morrisound Recording.
The EP opens with the title track, “In the Walls”, which picks up where the band left off on their epic The Fire is Mine album in 2012. Drummer Keith Byrd and bassist Aaron Sluss come flying out the gate with guitarists Camden Cruz and Kevin Byrd delivering razor-sharp riffs and rolling trills at break-neck speeds. Vocalist Sabrina Cruz jumps in next with her soaring vocals. The song is packed with sweeping melodies, haunting harmonies, and fantastic fretwork. The spiraling guitar solo almost leaves you breathless with its pace and twists; almost like the lyrical rats scurrying in the walls.
“Undying” is the EP’s other new track. The song is another of their tributes to George R.R. Martin‘s A Song of Ice and Fire (Americanized as Game of Thrones). This is about the mother of dragons, Daenerys Targaryen as near as I can tell from the lyrics. Sonically it rolls out as the opening track does, much like a roiling tempest. The tempo then segues to a more cinematic pace as it ebbs and flows on the rise and fall of Sabrina’s crystalline vocal delivery: More dancing guitar work ensues between Kevin and Camden and gruff group chants and ethereal harmonies counterpoint each other.
If getting a sneak peak (or listen) to what we can look forward to on the full-length this winter were not enough, Seven Kingdoms dip back to their debut record to deliver a true treat for the fans. The band re-recorded two tracks, “The Bloody Meadow” and “Stormborn” which can now be heard for the first time on a studio recording with Sabrina’s vocals. The tempo of these tracks is notably slower, creating a notable dramatic feel. “The Bloody Meadow” is highlighted by more of the choral harmonies we were teased with on the first two songs. Lyrically it seems to be about Lord Deremond’s battle in the bloody meadow. “Stormborn” is lyrically another reference to Daenerys Targaryen, the mother of dragons. The song features harsh guttural vocals from original singer Bryan Edwards contrasted against Valentine’s operatic cleans. Keith does some athletic stick and footwork on this track.
Offers Camden Cruz on the new EP:
“It was really fun to re-record some of these old songs. We changed a few things to make them fit better, especially the ‘The Bloody Meadow’. We felt it was important to put something special on the EP since we are nearing the 10 year mark of the band. Since these songs will be exclusive to the EP, it should make this pressing special. ‘In the Walls’ and ‘Undying’ are a pretty good selection of what to expect on the record, without giving too much away.”