Sticking to the tried and true death/doom combination but providing a breath of fresh tepid air at the same time is Seven Chains. Their debut provides you with a unique and interesting look in to the death/doom combination never holding on tightly to either death or doom metal tropes what so ever. Within this release, Seven Chains find a way to break those tropes to create a sound that is unique and entirely engrossing. Each track is filled with something new and different and perhaps they add some elements into their music that you may not have heard before. Each track of the three tracks on this release are forever shifting and changing shape never giving you the same sound or look twice.
This self titled release has an overall sound to it that not only is haunting, damning and punishing, but one that is also odd at times and even so that is refreshing to hear. Even though the run times on this release are pretty substantial, you still can’t seem to pull yourself away from it as this record grips you and never lets you go. And as a matter of fact, you will find yourself on the edge anticipating what will happen next only to have Seven Chains throw you for another loop or twist. As mentioned before, these three tracks that are present on this release are forever shape shifting and changing, providing you with plenty of variety and diversity. Seven Chains does a great job of bouncing between both death and doom and if one genre seems to be over staying its welcome that is changed in a heartbeat. If you feel as though the dirge filled doom sections are dragging a bit these guys hit you with blasting death and the inverse happens as well.
The balance between death and doom is great and Seven Chains shows that they can play both with ease and melt both together seamlessly to create an interesting and gripping sound. Never once does it seem as though any of the tracks drag on for too long and that includes the twenty-one minute closer. Seven Chains seems to have an innate ability to capture your attention and never have it waver. Each of the three tracks on this self titled release are crafted very well and executed very well also gifting you with a cohesive, dark and purely sinister sound that is incredibly intoxicating.
Right from the get go the gnarled and haunting sounds of Seven Chains grabs your attention and from then on you become submerged in their dark and abyssal world that they have created with this release. Even through numerous listens this record never gets tiring or old as you always will seem to find something new that you didn’t hear with the listen before. Overall, Seven Chains has created something that is heavy, haunting, gnarled, ghastly and most importantly memorable.