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.

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