Review by JD on December 26, 2008.
Seven Castles... that is what the term Siebenburgen means in German. What is this band with such a name really about? Well, your going to find out right here and right now!!.
The band is all about the music, and so rightly so. Contained on "Revelation VI" is such amazing music that is so bold in how it is delivered but clearly and unmistakably it is coming out of a deep pool of pure talent the band is made up of. They are so good musically and lyrically at the same exact time, it is clear what they are... they are dark and amazing entity on to themselves.
Aside for the musicianship that is clear throughout the album, it is the contrasting vocal styles that are between Marcus Ehlin and Lisa Bohwalli make the whole album stand out. Death dripped growls thunder out yet seem to accent the operatic lilting of 'The Black Mistress' (I call her that), and that in turn brings out the heaviness of the band behind the voices.
It is like a dark and sinister symphony of death and tragedy that is like a wild hell spawned bronco that no human dares to tame. Songs like 'Rebirth Of The Nameless' are pure heavy laden masterpieces, yet there are other melodies which are full and complex like on the song 'The Sanctum'. They each show a side of the band that is impressive, and also show that they are not a one stick sort of thing as well.
No matter what track it is when you play the album, the band clearly has a direction and a purpose and a clear cut attitude that says that they mean business... that fact that they are just so damned good is the bonus in it all. Germany's Siebenburgen has a new group that begs to be heard and respected. I for one, will do just that!
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Rating: 8.8 out of 10