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Seven Kingdoms – Stargazer

U.S. Power Metal

Seven Kingdoms

Seven Kingdoms has been a flagship for the new wave of U.S. power metal since 2007. They are named after the seven kingdoms of Westeros. To those who would accuse the band of jumping on the Game of Thrones bandwagon, they formed four years prior to the HBO hit series first aired. The band’s lyrical content largely focuses on George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, the book series on which Game of Thrones is based. The band released one self-produced album in 2007, which features a male vocalist. Singer Sabrina Cruz soon replaced him and has been the vocalist ever since.

In 2010 European superstars Blind Guardian pulled Seven Kingdoms from obscurity by putting them on the bill for their 2010 U.S. tour. Since then the Florida-based metal band has been growing steadily in popularity. They toured Europe on two separate occasions, first with Stratovarius and then with Manticora. The band made tremendous progress in 9 years with Nightmare Records. However, they never signed to a major record label. Due to the level of independent success achieved in that time, one can imagine they indeed received offers from larger labels. Because they never signed, these offers must have been highly dissatisfactory. In any case, the band finally signed to a larger label in 2017 called Napalm Records. The band now share a label with notable bands such as Grave Digger, Candlemass, and Unleash the Archers.

Seven Kingdoms’ most recent album Decennium (2017) embodies everything Seven Kingdoms fans have come to expect. Fraught with catchy hooks, memorable choruses, and twin guitar harmonies, the band effectively creates a soundscape that’s constantly blooming. What sets Seven Kingdoms far and apart from other power metal acts is vocalist Sabrina Cruz. Her fusion of choir girl tenderness and heavy metal attitude creates a unique blend of finesse and grit. The band’s use of large, resonant backing vocals has further adds to the grandiose scale of their music.

Decennium (2017) – “Stargazer”

The new album Decennium spans a wide array of lyrical subject matter. The band’s namesake A Song of Ice and Fire is naturally a theme found throughout their discography. “Kingslayer” gets into the head of Jaime Lannister, who slays the mad king Aerys Targaryen. Similarly, “Undying” is about the temperamental would-be queen Daenerys Targaryen. The band also retells the story of the daughter of Death himself in “The Tale of Deathface Ginny”. Perhaps most interesting lyrical choice of all is “In the Walls”, which is about H.P. Lovecraft’s The Rats in the Walls.

Seven Kingdoms raised $12,00 to fund their EP In the Walls (2016) and a whopping $23,000 for the production of Decennium the following year. The band isn’t so much focused on monetary gains, however. They take the most pleasure in experiences forged on the road. In addition to Europe and the east coast, the band recently concluded a successful U.S. tour supporting Evergrey. Seven Kingdoms is a band that sacrifices and suffers to see its fans, to share those memorable experiences, and to live their dream to the fullest extent possible.

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