Being the debut EP from Stratford Upon Avon four-piece Beyond Sevensigns, ‘Alone To Face The Dead’ sees the band attempt to mix a variety of influences to their modern metal sound. Sadly, it just doesn’t deliver.
As noted by the band, a lot of their influences come from a diverse range of bands; Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Asking Alexandria, Parkway Drive and even more. This appears to be the biggest hinderence on the EP. The vast amount of different styles incorporated from these influences makes it feel that Beyond Sevensigns are attempting to push far too much into their sound, rather than using them to help create a unique identiy for themselves.
Featuring production by Michael “Padge” Padget of Bullet For My Valentine fame, he has provided a very polished sound for the songs, but it’s actually the tracks themselves that let this EP fall short of the mark. Their is slight promise on the EP, in the form of the single ‘Empty’, which has a huge stadium rock-like chorus and the heaviness and grittiness during the rest of the song – it stands out of what Beyond Sevensigns should be. However, the rest of the tracks fall nowhere near this at all.
If the band had used the influences to help shape their own sound rather than imitate others, this could have been a great debut, but due to this it does nothing to really over excite or enthuse.
Written by Kieron Chastney