SEVENTH AVENUE "Terium" /CD/



The sixth and the final full-length album by the German Melodic Speed/Power Metal band.
The album itself seems to be a concept album that follows a complex tale of prophecies, assassinations, corrupt clergy, and the titular life-prolonging mineral that links them all together. Described by the band as “an allegory for the life and acts of Jesus”, it’s a brave mix of fantasy, science fiction, and gritty reality, and it works; Seventh Avenue do manage to weave a really great story.
Of course, a great story is nothing without powerful music to back it up, and fortunately, Seventh Avenue have got that covered as well. The instruments and melodies are a product of the mind of vocalist/guitarist Herbie Langhans, and he does a masterful job with them; every song is absolutely nailed in terms of musical rhythm. Fast-paced Power Metal anthems dominate the album, but they never become boring due to the fantastically catchy (and quite different) choruses. Ballads come at just the right times, and are equally well done.
Obviously, such a high concept could not be carried out without hearty performances from the band members themselves, and yes, they can back up their ambition with the requisite virtuosity. Everyone comes in clear through the mix, and even though Langhans’ divine vocals are the highlight here, everyone gets their turn in the spotlight.
If you’re a fan of concept Heavy/Power Metal in the vein of Avantasia’s “The Metal Opera” or even the Genius trilogy, then you’ll absolutely love “Terium.” It’s fast, well-written, interesting and catchy as all hell. Terium will grab your balls from the very beginning and will not let them re-shape till the album's over. But for a duration of nearly 70 minutes, you'll surely have a good time! Definitely one of the best Power Metal releases of the year!!
Massacre Records/Irond Ltd., 2008 (IROND CD 08-1477). Made in Russia. Used: good.


Tracklist:
1. Under The Surface 1:05
2. Crowd In The Dark 4:49
3. Terium 5:20
4. Authorities 4:36
5. Futures Dawn 6:00
6. Brighter Than The Sun 4:51
7. Needs 4:19
8. Two Masters 4:29
9. Hands Of The King 5:08
10. Priests And Servants 5:48
11. Trail Of Blood 4:42
12. Betrayal 5:35
13. Way To The Stars 4:44
14. Innocence 4:51
15. New Era 5:04
Total playing time: 71:21

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