||Here is a heavy, grind-infested death metal
outfit from Virginia known as The
Seventh Gate. This particular demo, Cheap Sex and Painkillers,
drives with guttural grind while monotonously boring me with their
clean-vocal near-alternative/dark rock approach. One thing I should
mention: stick to one or the other! There are very few bands that
can even remotely resemble two simultaneous styles of music, let alone
perform them well. This is not the case with The Seventh Gate. The
clean vocals don't work here. Most of the "guttural grind"
is kinda mediocre too with very little reason to comment on anything
except that these guys are trying. Perhaps I'm missing the whole point
with this ensemble, but I can't really decipher any particular angle
from which this band goes with their songs. I suppose it was meant
to be portrayed as such. I for one, however, am just trying to stay
awake through this one....
Reviewed By: Thomas