metal band from Albuquerque, NM formed in 1992 by Gregory Analla and guitarist
Dan Rivera.They were joined by drummer Richard Nance, also a New Mexico native.
The line-up was completed by bass player Glenn Krause. Seventhsign quickly recorded
a highly praised 6-song EP/CD/demo, Blueprint (1993). At this point, Seventhsign
was ready to hit the road. They quickly made a name for themselves thanks to
countless shows, from small clubs to arenas (where they opened for the likes
of Slaughter, Winger, Extreme, Vince
Neil, and even Queensryche).
Japanese label Alfa signed the band and with producer George Tutko (XYZ, Lita Ford, Journey),
they recorded their first album, "Perpetual Destiny" in 1996, on which
Rich "Rev" Evans replaced Glen Krause. The European press then discovered Seventhsign
at the Foundations Forum and a European deal was soon signed with a German label,
InsideOut. Perpetual Destiny was re-released in Europe with a new cover artwork,
a new booklet and a bonus track ("Liquified"). After touring across
the USA with new bassist Tom Micheals (ex-Ultimatum)
, the band then released their second full length album, "Transparent"
(US) /"Millennium" (Japan) (1997). Seventhsign unfortunately split
in mid-1997. Vocalist Gregg Analla has moved on to sing with Roy Z's Tribe
of Gypsies, as well as sang backup on projects by Rob
Rock and Bruce Dickinson.
Bassist Tom Micheals who left Ultimatum to join Seventhsign, rejoined Ultimatum. and recorded and co-wrote part of their 2001 release "The Mechanics of
Seventhsign - Blueprint (independent)
1. "Losing You"
2. "Hollow Point" (4:16)
3. "Beholder" (8:41)
4. "Dark Heart" (4:30)
5. "Biocide" (6:35)
6. "Kick it Down" (4:59)
OK first of
all, the name of their publishing company is "Maximumheaviosity Music."
Cool name! Anyhow, this indie release is a mixed affair. Songs 1,2, and 6 are
commercial, melodic, heavy metal numbers, while songs 3-5 are slower, melodic,
progressive metal tracks. While it might sound like the two wouldn't fit together,
all the songs hold together well because of the excellent vocals of Gregg Analla,
who sounds like a cross between Ray Alder (Fates
Warning,) Geoff Tate (Queensryche)
and Zachary Stevens (Savatage.) If
that doesn't give you a clue as to how good Gregg is then you probably are not
a true metalhead. My favorite song is the lengthy "Beholder," as it
is a slow heavy number with a killer riff and haunting vocals. Seventhsign would
record this song again after signing a deal with a large Japanese company for
their next disc, but I always liked this version best.
Seventhsign - Perpetual Destiny (independent) 1994
1. "Aurora" (5:13)
2. "Losing You" (3:36)
3. "Red Sea" (5:56)
4. "Cut" (4:19)
5. "Beholder" (8:31)
6. "Darkheart" (4:26)
7. "Hollowpoint" (4:15)
8. "Existence" (5:22)
9. "Tearing Away" (4:30)
10. "Biocide" (7:09)
11. "Tear" (6:03)
Seventhsign are now completely
steeped in progressive metal, sounding like a heavier version of Fates
Warning. The band's strengths are in the unique guitar style of Dan Rivera
and the strong clean vocals of Gregg Analla. The music contained is excellent,
influenced heavily by "Operation: Mindcrime" era Queensryche and perhaps "Parallels"-era Fates
Warning. Every song has a strong hook. If a label had put some money and
marketing behind this band, they could have been at least as popular as Dream
Theatre if not reaching the success of Queensryche.
Locally the band received a lot of air play on Z-Rock which in the early 90's
was a killer hard rock/metal format station. Unfortunately, "Perpetual Destiny"
was only released in Japan and people were paying upwards of $35 for a copy
of this import. As much as I like them, I wouldn't pay $35. There are few bands,
if any, that I would spend $35 on a single cd. In any case, the band decided
to release a limited edition domestic version since they could not secure a
US deal. This is the version I have. I'm not sure if the Japanese version is
different or not but the mastering on this disc is weak, however if you crank
the volume up a bit, it makes no difference.
Seventhsign - Transparanent (independent) 1997
1. "N68692" (:21)
2. "Conquerium" (4:12)
3. "Eve of Forever" (5:07)6
4. "Infinity x 2" (3:30)
5. "River of Images" (5:29)
6. "Transparent" (5:27)
7. "Radio Sky" (5:32)
8. "Mirror Cage" (5:17)
9. "Rift" (3:42)
10. "Phade" (2:19)
11. "Emotional Array" (4:56)
12. "The Search" (4:03)
Woa! Ex-Ultimatum bassist Tom Micheals joins the ranks of Seventhsign and adds a whole new dimension
to their sound. The bands commercial hooks are less apparent and a new King's
X influence has crept in pushing the band into new areas of progressive
metal and groove. "River of Images" has the most obvious King's
X influence with it's slow heavy groove. "Transparent" is a clean,
acoustic number. Tom offers up a bass solo called "Phade". "Emotional
Array" recalls the more commercial material from the last two Seventhsign
albums. While the band's last disc offers more memorable commercial hooks, fans
of the more complex songwriting of prog-metal will probably like this disc better.
I'm sort of torn between the two. One the one hand I like the commercial hooks
of "Perpetual Destiny" on the other hand this album has some strong
songs and superior production. Not unlike "P.D." this disc was released
on a Japanese label first (under the title "Millenium"). The band
later released this domestic version.
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