Seven Against Thebes
On the back of the CD booklet inside the Seven Against Thebes’ self-titled debut album, there was one sentence at the very bottom of the page that leaped out at me as strange: This music was written underwater. I don’t know why I thought that was so weird, considering the cover of the CD has the Ouroboros symbol (the snake-like serpent eating its own tail). But for whatever reason, I just didn’t get it. That is, until I read the bio page of band founder Cyrus Rhodes, in which I discovered he was in the United States Navy and wrote all the songs for the album while stationed inside a submarine. The lesson learned: sometimes people say what they mean and mean what they say.
So what exactly does music written underwater sound like?
It opens up with “Serpens Caput”, which is a very dark and dramatic sitar solo that becomes a sort of theme that gels the record together. It eventually bleeds into “7AT” – a high-powered adrenaline rush of a song that sets the tone for the remainder of the album.
Their overall sound is hard and edgy alternative rock . Personally, I heard influences ranging from Nine Inch Nails, Alice in Chains and Soundgarden to Stone Temple Pilots, and even a little Marilyn Manson. The music is top-notch with a nice range of instrumentation. Lead singer Rusty is more than able to hold it down with such powerful sounds behind him. The songs are well written and arranged.
I have a few favorites. I love “Mask” for its awesome intro alone, “7th Sign” for the unique middle-eastern vibe ballad that it is, “Ophiuchus” for its quiet beauty and distortion, and finally “Suicide Note” for being one of the best kick-ass tracks I’ve heard in a long time, with some sick guitar riffing to start it off.
All in all, it’s an impressive debut effort. Seven Against Thebes proves to be a band taking their music seriously as they build a nice foundation to build upon. Can they write such good music above water? Only time will tell. Definitely a band to watch for.
~ by carlitoreviews on June 2, 2011.
Posted in Metal/Alternative