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Seventh Son - Arc of Infinity

Seventh Son
Arc of Infinity
by Jean-François ‘’Jackal’’ Poulin at 05 August 2019, 4:00 AM

Longstanding Japanese Melodic Heavy Metal band SEVENTH SON reissued their 2016 release, ‘’Arc of Infinity’’. This release is from the Master tapes and there is definitely a huge upside to this remastered version. This is only their third full-length album in almost 20 years of career. Well the name of the band is no coincidence! SEVENTH SON are named after the epic ‘’Seventh Son of a Seventh Son’’ album by IRON MAIDEN. The sound of the band is definitely derived from old school New Wave of British Heavy Metal. I would not say it’s imitation at all, I think the Japanese bands have so much respect for the roots of Heavy Metal that they blend it with their own sense of wonder. The band has that old school feeling but the production values make it even better. The singer has a pretty good range of voice, the guy can sound like Fabio Leone and the next minute he can sound like Udo Dirkschneider. The guy can pelt it out like the best out there.

I would say the band mixes the elements of the aforementioned NWOBHM with the mid-nineties Power Metal. Obviously they have the classic power ballad but I thought it wasn’t too bad, it’s still a bit cheesy but it’s not overdone thankfully. This is the first time I review an album for a Japanese band actually. I have the utmost respect for the Japanese Lore, their people and the Japanese traditions. These bands are extremely passionate and their fans are as well. Check the live cuts, the fans are going crazy and you gotta love that! That’s why so many bands recorded live albums in Japan, the respect, the passion that these fans have for music is a sight to see.

SEVENTH SON delivers on all fronts, the album is a nice breath of fresh air and you don’t have the usually shredding you get from the Japanese legends like LOUDNESS or X-JAPAN. You get killer licks and monster choruses. All I can say that the lyrical themes are positive. The album is about the love you have for someone and someone has for you. It’s a very positive feeling and you feel great when you listen to the lyrics. You usually have bands talk about sorcerers, dragons and whatnot but this band went out of left field and talked about the theme of love and I really enjoyed the departure.

A solid release!

Songwriting: 8
Originality: 8
Memorability: 8
Production: 8

4 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. In Your Heart
2. Behind Their Smile
3. Silent Truth
4. Camellia
5. Eternal Spiral
6. Blaze in the Dark
7. Master
8. Children of the Earth
9. Fallen in Love
10. In My Heart
Lineup:
Yasuhiro Yamazaki  – Vocals
Yasumoto Otani – Guitars
Tai Syouda – Drums
Yoshiyuki Suzuki - Bass
Record Label: STF Records
     


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Edited 25 August 2019
 

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