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Snake Eyes Seven - 2007 Snake Eyes Seven

ARTIST: Snake Eyes Seven
ALBUM: Snake Eyes Seven
LABEL: Chavis Records
YEAR: 2007


LINEUP: Daniel Nargang - vocals, guitar * Victor Langen - bass, vocals * Cole Stevens - guitar * Johnny Bland - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Hell Or High Water * 02 Comin' Down * 03 Love For A Moment * 03 Love for a Moment * 04 Bitter Pill * 05 Be Leaving * 06 Bullets & Booze * 07 Breakdown * 08 Devil With A Rosary * 09 You're To Blame * 10 Photos Of Th' Dead



One of the latest artists to sign with Chavis Records is Snake Eyes Seven, who offer according to their bio 'vintage Black Sabbath infused with Rammstein'. Whet your appetite any? It might have for me a decade ago, but now I'm not quite sure. It is unflinchingly metal, but a long way off the type once played by Langen in Kick Axe. Funny how the years change a musicians perspective on what metal is. Nargang will be known to some as the vocalist with Into Eternity, making this a (very) minor supergroup of sorts. One thing that is accurate about the bio is the Sabbath comparison, as this takes every Tony Iommi riff and Ozzy Osbourne mannerism you can imagine and recycles it into ten tracks that sometimes are impossible to distinguish from each other.

The Songs
Sabbath is the only drawing point if you're wondering what this is alike to, the Rammstein aspect evident in the minor industrial elements that accompany the endless drone of the downtuned riffing and the Ozzy impersonator at the mic. One of the weakest points is the pace of each track which never varies whatsoever, its always stagnant and medium paced, just listen to 'Bullets And Booze' for example and try telling yourself this isn't the latest Ozzy solo album. The riffs are booming and heavy, but where's the variety once again? 'Hell Or High Water' makes a good opener, but once the realisation sets in that the whole album follows in the same previously described manner the wheels fall off. This track is an exception because the chorus does contain a dash of melody that bears repeating a few times. Claiming this is an 'unheralded' style of music however would be like suggesting Journey are still a platinum selling rock act. Totally ludicrous! There's nothing original under the sun here, just a rehash of something pioneered nearly forty years ago, therefore singling out different songs for evaluation seems fruitless and pointless.

In Summary
What a shame Snake Eyes Seven live up to the surname of their drummer. Another Chavis signing that fails to live up to the hype and I'd be shocked if anything was heard from this lot again. Then again some of more Sabbath minded out there might want to investigate, but even then it's a stretch. It gives me no pleasure to be so critical of this album, but to be blunt the redeeming qualities are zero and this is simply a vanity project that somehow was signed by a label. It sadly reminds me why metal is such a graveyard in terms of quality. Check out Fist's 'Bolted Door' instead. That's the best advice I can give you.

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