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7 Angels 7 Plagues Jhazmyne's Lullaby

Our score 7

by Mustapha Mond

Pretend for just a second that you didn't hear 7 Angels 7 Plagues' demo, 'Until the Day Breathes and the Shadows Flee,' and you didn't fall in love with it.Pop in 'Jhazmyne's Lullaby.'"A Farewell to a Perfect Score" comes on, and instead of the usual opening, a bad-ass sample or evil acoustic guitar solo, drums blast out before any other sound, a fierce and simple epigraph for what is to come.After a few seconds, the vocals and guitars jump into the fray together: the vocals gruff and deep enough for deathmetal, but still shot through with emotion and character; the guitars, surprisingly, not doing double-bass mosh like the drums and vocals would have you expect, but running a simple chord progression, with each repetition yearning upward, grasping at something, and then falling into chaotic disarray. Get the point7A7P is unquestionably a metalcore band, now and always, but they way they do their metalcore is nothing short of remarkable.Unlike From Autumn to Ashes, say, their stylistic expression comes not between tracks but within them: long songs that gradually melt from one sound to another (unlike the frenetic jumps of bands like Every Time I Die), pounding drums offset by calm riffs, small snatches of melody that songs catch on, like a kitten with a piece of string, and then suddenly blast into breakdowns with blistering high end notes struck at lighting speed.They are at their most powerful by far when the guitar is high and bright, with that mournful whine perfected by Taken - these are times when the instruments would not be out of place in an emo band - and the vocals are so deep, so rough, that the force of contrast almost brings tears to your eyes.Or mine, at least. 'Jhazmyne's Lullaby,' though maintaining a constant sound throughout, still manages to explore the nuances of their music in ways that, at times, are brilliant.I particularly like the opening of "Away With Words," coming at the end of "The Afternoon," a delicate, ephemeral acoustic piece."Away With Words" opens with a short, quick melody played 4 times on a piano, with cymbals tapping a frantic beat underneath; then drums modulate, and suddenly, distorted guitars scream the same melody back while a thundering bass drum takes the place of cymbals.Or, crank up "Dandelion" and stand in front of a mirror.Trust me.It's just sick.Or, the end of "Arcadia Falls," when you realize that there actually have been no Real breakdowns on the entire album - up to this point.The double-bass and sing along are not to be believed.And then, of course, the title track of the album, "Jhazmyne's Lullaby," a sparse, touching piano piece - not unlike the end of Bound's "Fire's Dying." On the whole, 7 Angels 7 Plagues is a tremendous pleasure to listen to.They are the rare sort of band that can both envision a sound for themselves, and have the technical prowess to achieve it. 'Jhazmyne's Lullaby' is about as good as metalcore can get without forging its own genre, and 7A7P even takes these first hesitant steps.If you appreciate the good life in our little underground scene, if you like quality bands, go and find this album.They will satisfy the hunger.

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Slibbers_ 5/11/2005 12:54:15 AM

f*ck this 10/10 best cd ever best band ever f*ck all yall

Jonathan_ 5/21/2005 10:49:31 AM

f*cking awesome band and album 10/10!!!

xcowabungax_ 6/26/2005 3:29:21 AM

agleed. this deserves 10/10

marching_band_rules_ 8/11/2005 3:38:56 PM

Absolutely f*cking amazing. 10/10.

mike manfredo_ 10/9/2005 5:01:26 PM

this band needs to get back together...honestly.

anonymous 5/23/2006 9:38:19 AM

lol, metalcore

Marcus_ 7/15/2006 10:17:43 PM

Hands down, this album is simply beautiful and a perfect showcase of masterwork. 10/10

Chris_ 8/31/2006 12:54:06 PM

One of the greatest "metalcore" albums EVER!! 10 outta motherf*ckin' 10!

anonymous 2/11/2007 5:53:50 PM

die for this band

whatswrongwithme_ 2/12/2007 9:19:41 AM

i love this album... have been listening to it since it came out... never has gotten old to me

ANDY _ 4/4/2007 9:47:13 AM

so i noticed a few things wrong in this reveiw like arcadia falls? its arcadia fades and the begining of away with words my personal favprite has no piano. but besides that i think this review was definitly on the spot besides the fact you forgot to put 10/10!!!

strongarm_ 5/2/2007 3:39:45 AM

My absolute favorite album of anything that can be considered even remotely hardcore and/or metal. This album will never leave me, and I will rave about it till the day I die. Been listening for years, and everytime I do, i find something new to love about it. R.I.P.

arr_ 6/11/2007 6:35:00 PM

This CD should definitely shud get a 10/10 it's an amazing piece of work.

anonymous 4/23/2010 8:59:38 PM

Very f*cking engaging and impressive record right here. Addicting as f*ck too. 9/10

Jesusintheyear2000_ 1/22/2011 1:09:49 PM

the fact that there have been comments posted on this review for 5 years solidifies that this band is the real deal. a real tragedy they broke up... i love this CD