Released: 2008, Retroactive Records/Music Buy Mail/Artistworxx
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall
Now it’s time for the Las Vegas based Christian act The Seventh Power led by Bill Menchen to release a new disc. Menchen is involved in almost every release launched by Retroactive Records and DOMINION AND POWER isn’t any exception to that rule. The bands debut was released in 2006 but wasn’t released in Europe until early this year. I admit to never been a fan of Christian metal or hardrock but the debut disc from The Seventh Power wasn’t so bad.
DOMINION AND POWER continues where the debut disc left off. The music is still well executed melodic heavy metal with a large dose of both energy and tempo so they haven’t changed their concept very much. The only major thing that has happened music wise is the little slower tempo and the increased use of keyboard. If you’re into bands like Titanic, Final Axe, Stryper or bands like Black Sabbath, Judas Priest or Ozzy then The Seventh Power is definitely an act for you.
Another difference between the two albums is that Menchen chants the lyrics now. He still sings of course but he has added a more solemn and sanctified atmosphere in the music and therefore it feels like he sometimes chants the lyrics like a priest and that makes the album drop rating.
When it comes to the material most of it feels quite fresh and the musicians are as skilled and talented as before. Menchen drops edgy guitar riffs like no other but it would not have hurt if the band took in a second guitarist to make the guitar sound a little fuller and more massive. The lyrics, all written by Menchen, are about the book of revelations vintage apocalyptic themes countered with messages of salvation and redemption.
Unfortunately, DOMINION AND POWER doesn’t feel as solid as the debut album. Sure, the music is great but when it comes to the lyrics they only feel like a repetition of the last time. When even the cover art-work screams out that this is a Christian album I loose my interest a tad.
Killer tracks are “Dominion And Power”, “Everlasting Fire”, “Heavy Laden” and “King Of All Kings”.