Seven Spires is a symphonic metal band that calls Boston home. We have some heavy hitting bands from Boston but I can’t think of a symphonic metal band until now. Not only are they symphonic metal, they are female fronted. Those of you that read my reviews know that these are two genres of music I am drawn towards. That being said, those two combined do not equal good in every instance. Add to that equation the fact that Seven Spires travelled to Germany to work with Sascha Paeth on their new album Solveig. If you don’t know who Sascha is, he is the magic behind Avantasia. Again that doesn’t equal good but that is another step in the right direction. All of the stars are aligned for what should be a great album, and damn, that is what we have here. Solveig is a masterpiece.
Solveig opens with a piano and orchestral instrumental called “The Siren,” then it blasts into “Encounter.” This piece is such a solid heavy track. Front woman Adrienne Cowan lets the world know from the very beginning of this track she is here to make a statement. Next is the short reprise of “The Siren,” followed by one of my favorite tracks on Solveig, “The Cabaret of Dreams.” This track has exactly that cabaret sound and again showcases Cowan’s amazing vocal abilities. This track also has a heavy drum presence going for it. Another track I really enjoyed on the album was “Choices.” It has a nice fast beat to it and great guitar work. By far though, my favorite track on the album was “Depths.” This track starts out with some slow thumping base and an almost ballad like sound. It has a very melodic sound to it and again I cannot say enough about Cowan’s vocals. The lyrics say all you need to know about this track:
Now I beg for dreamless sleep
I pray here that my soul will keep
An endless dream with time untold
I pray these waves a life will hold
The album continues with one great song after another. The production of this album is amazing as it should be with Sascha Paeth’s work on it. The album ends with an instrumental track called “Reflections.” The track has some amazing orchestration on it. If I didn’t know it was from a metal album I would say it was a score from a movie.
If the first one hundred words did not convince you to buy this album, the last one hundred better because I am only going to tell you one more time Seven Spires Solveig is a masterpiece. Since this is my review I want to tell Seven Spires that they better come to Salt Lake City cause I want to see this album live! So guys, get that tour scheduled with a date here cause I am waiting to convert the masses. In the meantime pick up Solveig now via SAOL records.