Released: 2012, Nightmare Records
One of the nice parts of having been a Metal writer (and fan in general) for a long time is being able to watch young bands that I enjoy, grow and achieve greater levels of success. Seven Kingdoms is one of those bands for me. After buying the independent debut, seeing them on tour with Blind Guardian, interviewing the band, playing them on my radio show and reviewing their music, I can only hope in some small way that my tiny contributions, help expose this great band to a wider audience. Accordingly when the time came to review the new Seven Kingdoms album, I jumped at the chance.
THE FIRE IS MINE is the bands third album and they are still with Nightmare Records. They returned to Morrisound Studio in their home-state of Florida and Jim Morris is again given the production reigns. The only minor misstep might be the uninspired album cover artwork. The first two were better. The band has recruited a new bassist by the name of Aaron Sluss who handles the deep end competently. The production is very good as is most of the stuff coming from Morrisound.
The band has continued to show slight evolutionary steps towards really solidifying a signature sound. The band still has some fire in it's belly as they present 10 strong tracks and brief interlude of sound=effects and spoken word adding some atmosphere to the proceedings. The riffs churn along and the band has some nice tempo changes as well. Some of the choruses are pretty memorable specifically the very strong title track. The band also shows some real Euro-Metal speed like on the track 'Flame Of Olympus' with some excellent drumming propelling the song along with some nice double-bass and occasional triplets. Vocalist Sabrina is still a major part of the bands sound with get diverse and dynamic voice delivering the lyrics with flair.
THE FIRE IS MINE is a very energetic and inspired Power Metal album. I'd love to see more young American bands of this calibre in the scene. The band have delivered another winner and have firmly entrenched themselves as one of the bright lights in the USPM scene.