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7 MONTHS

7 Months

 

Progressive Metal

3.43 | 7 ratings

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kev rowland
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3 stars The press release states, "7 Months is an LA based band combining progressive time signatures, complex progressions with sellable commercial melodies designed to stand the test of time. The band members are all extremely talented with a knack for writing excellent songs but keeping the integrity and intricacies of well designed music." That these guys can play is never in doubt, and in fact it was formed by Chris, Greg and Barry after they all met at Musicians Institute in LA where they were all students. In fact, it could be argued that 7 Months are an Americanised version of the much-missed Mr So & So who also met at music college.

They will never be viewed as being progressive by any followers of the UK prog scene as this contains far too many AOR influences, but for all that this isn't a bad album. The press release likens them to Yes, Kansas, Rush, Saga and Dream Theater but to my ears I would argue that although they are different on the vocal front I would have put them more with Journey and Styx, along with the aforementioned So & So's. It is an album that needs to be played a few times to gain the most from it, but it is also accessible first time around and there are some very strong songs. I particularly like the rocker "Stay" which contains not only good guitar riffing and keyboard overlays, but also plenty of melody and very strong vocals with a hook. It may not quite live up to the billing but is an interesting album all the same.

Originally appeared in Feedback #70, Oct 02

kev rowland | 3/5 |

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