Released: 2011, HauntSound Records & Electrik Blue Records
Germany’s Crow 7 advertise themselves as classic rock that sounds like Scorpions, Def Leppard, and Bon Jovi. Yep, that sums it up, granted with some modern frequencies and well-placed female vocals courtesy of Aladiah Leak. Mostly, this is vintage 80s metal, part of a retro movement that shows no signs of slowing, but there are elements of Goth as well as modern production that help Crow7 forge a sound they can call their own. Having said that, it would be a mistake to assume Crow7 as being ground breaking or developing something new. They have just done a very good job of combining a few elements of good genres in a way that comes across successfully instead of as a disaster.
Opening the album is the title track that wisely presents all the bands finest elements in one track. Melodic, well-paced, and a damn catchy, this could easily be topping metal radio charts soon. Call me on board with the way they have employed Aladia Leak’s vocals , offering a use that avoids the cliché of so many current female-fronted bands. In this case it is Aladia who provides the occasional contrast, while male singer Corbin Eved handles most of the vocals quite admirably. “On The Lane” deceptively begins like a Paradise Lost tune, before transitioning into hair/power metal territory adding a couple of aggressive death metal vocals to the mix. Musically, the band is quite capable of pulling this off, showing remarkable restraint, when the tendency is often to fill the spaces with lightning runs and note dense time changes.
LIGHT IN MY DUNGEON is a fun album that manages to mix Goth, melodic metal, and classic metal in an enjoyable way. Sure you have probably heard variations of this before. Nevertheless, that does not detract from the quality of the tunes and the commitment of the band. Not every song is a masterpiece, and the bands fashion sense is uh…not good (horrible makeup by the way). However, there are enough good songs on here to revisit again and again. I would not be surprised if we are hearing more about this band in the future, particularly in melodic metal circles. Fans of 80s metal and melodic metal with a modern edge will enjoy this one.