Reviewed: August 2006
Released: 2006, Frontiers Records/Zink Music
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall
Here comes the DVD with Atlanta’s pride: Seventh Key. There’s also a separate CD recorded at the same time which also is reviewed here on metal-rules.com.
Even though Seventh Key have released two studio albums that went over really well, the guys had refused to play live. They changed their minds when the label’s president Serafino Perugion saw the videos to two of their songs and asked Mike Slamer’s daughter Nicole to do a live DVD with her father and the rest of the guys in Seventh Key. Said and done, on the 23rd of May the DVD was recorded at Crossover Entertainment Group Inc. in front of a small audience consisting of selected friends and family. The duo Billy Greer and Mike Slamer, together with the rest of the band, are incredibly tight and they deliver extremely well played melodic hardrock. You only have to lean back and enjoy these talented musicians in action.
The stage is nothing much to talk about. The guys are crumbled together and why you almost can’t hear the crowd on the CD have it’s explanation here. The crowd is really small but they do their best to support the band anyway. The sound and lighting is great and everyone stands in proper light. Mike Slamer plays longer guitar solos that are totally brilliant, and Seventh Key play 12 songs with the main focus on their latest studio album THE RAGING FIRE. The set list is the same as on the Cd except for a break after “Winds of War” where the show ends. The encore “Cold Hearted Woman” lays separately, together with a shorter interivew with Billy Greer and Terry Brock, where they say that the encore is dedicated to their long time friend Marty Conn.
The bonus material are videos to “Love Train”, “An Ocean Away” and “Always From The Heart”, all of them are pretty tacky to be honest and I can’t imagine any of them being played on any TV-channels what so ever.
A far more interesting piece is the in-depth interview made with Billy Greer, Terry Brock and Mike Slamer. There’s also a behind-the-scenes footage from the recordings of Live In Atlanta as well as a photo gallery.
The only negative thing I have to say about this DVD is the small audience, why couldn’t they have taken in more people and made it a real gig? Otherwise, Live in Atlanta is a show-off in how excellent melodic hardrock should be played and it’s performed by the top elite in this genre.
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