Music Monday

Today’s Music Monday offering comes from Seattle’s 7HORNS 7EYES. Their album Throes of Absolution was well received by critics and fans alike when it dropped in 2012.

7h7e - toaThe band’s name comes from Revelation 5 where the lamb who had been slain is depicted as having seven horns and seven eyes. Lyrically this album is steeped in Christian apocalyptic imagery and fits the tone of the music quite well. Speaking of the music, it is quite good, really good in fact. The stars here are the guitars, which are not only brooding and heavy, but laced with soaring leads that betray talented wielders of the instrument. While the drums and bass are performed ably, they clearly play a supporting role for the axemen, which doesn’t bother me in the least. There’s also vocalist J J “Shiv” Polacek (also the frontman for Ovid’s Withering and Monotheist), whose unearthly lows track perfectly alongside the dual 7-string riffs. Oh, there’s the added bonus of an instrumental track featuring guitar virtuoso Jeff Loomis!

7H7E are back in the studio working on a new album, one that I anxiously await!

My favorite tracks on this album are easy–the opener Divine Amnesty and the closer The Winnowing, which features lyrics like

Desolation fills the earth, these are the final days.
Prepare for the coming of the risen Lamb.
Die to yourself, renovate your heart.

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