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Seventh Avenue - 2004 Eternals


SEVENTH AVENUE - ETERNALS (2004, MASSACRE)
Herbie Langhans - vocals, guitars
Flo Gottsleben - guitars
Markus Beck - bass
Mike Pfluger - drums


Background
This German Christian metal act have been around for sometime, 16 years to be exact. Not many bands can lay claim to such longevity these days, so obviously Seventh Avenue are survivors. The bands debut 'Rainbowland' appeared in 1995 with a markedly different lineup than the current version, only Langhans remaining. Further albums included 1997's 'Tales Of Tales', 1998's 'Southgate' and 2002's 'Between The Worlds'. For 'Eternals' bassist Beck replaced Geronimo Staens. Musically Seventh Avenue play a competent style of standard Euro metal, with nods to power metal and thrash, which to be honest is more melodic and heavier than many bands currently plundering the increasingly weary scene. The crude cover artwork could almost be mistaken for a dodgy black metal act, but naturally Seventh Avenue are anything but.

The Songs
The title track is a raging thrasher and am impressive way to kickstart the album. The riffing is one hundred percent thrash and memories of vintage Pretty Maids come filtering through especially in Langhans rough vocals, which are a relief considering the usual shrill shrieking of most European singers. This furious pace typifies almost the entire album, evoking thoughts of German 80's metal stalwarts like Running Wild, Helloween or Grave Digger. Impressive is 'Juggler Of Words' with it's relentless shredding riffs and reckless drumming, making fools of many a more famous band, such as Megadeth or Hammerfall. 'Storm 3' lives up to its title, with musically the same effect as one of mother natures attacks, the guitar tandem seemingly at war. 'Heaven Can't Wait' brings the bands beliefs into focus and could be be viewed as a play on the words of Iron Maiden's 'Heaven Can Wait'. The band lets their guards down for 'Voices', a melodic ballad with noticeable keyboards and near AOR implications. Nicely handled, this is how to do a ballad right.

In Summary
Thankfully a Euro metal album finds my favour! The heaviness is the key to its success, certainly uncompromising and enough to make one forget the Religious tone the band plays on. Overwhelmingly positive, the music is upbeat but always frantic and the hardened headbanger would find much to savour in the abundance of thrash contained within. The band has gained massive popularity in Japan and Brazil, as well as their native Germany although the U.S. seems impervious to their charms, as I'd never previously heard of the band beforehand. I'm glad therefore I have been introduced to this rampage of an album. While the albums title refers to what type of eternity you choose (heaven and hell), I'm sure I'll be listening to quality thrash like this for eternity myself.

URL: www.seventh-avenue.de

Track Listing:
01 Battle For Destiny
02 Eternals
03 Future Tale
04 Raging Fire
05 Juggler Of Words
06 Remission
07 Infinite King
08 Storm III (instrumental)
09 Hunger For Life
10 Heaven Cant Wait
11 Voices
12 Domination Of Sin

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