VII Gates - Fire, Walk with Me (Sound Riot) - Back
VII Gates are a classic heavy metal band that could also be described as progressive power metal with great direction, melodic riffs, and a tremendous amount of feeling within their music. “Fire, Walk with Me” is over fifty two minutes of fist pumping power, that should attract anyone who likes music in the vane of Judas Priest, Dream Theater, Manowar, Iron Maiden and host of others. For example, when the singer belts out the chorus in the opening track “Bonded By Hate,” it reminds me of Rob Halford back in the day. The album is splattered with great songs, which includes the aforementioned, “Second Left To Live” and “Under The Crossed Bones.” There was something that I didn’t pick up the first few times I listened to this CD, but every so often you could here a little bit of a folk or Viking metal influence. This seemed most prevalent in “The Saviour” and “ Under The Crossed Bones.” It’s a majestic sound to power metal, and its grand! Not to take away from the rest of the tracks, like “Second Left To Live” and “Tormented” but that adds something to this band that should make them stand out a little. And if that somehow doesn’t work, a group of special guest appearances grace this ten-track album. Kee Marcello of Europe, Chris Amott (Arch Enemy, Armageddon), Tommy Denander (Radioactive), Janne Stark (Locomotive Breath, and Stefan Ingelstrand & Apollo (Time Requiem) all put a little taste of their music on this disc. So, if you don’t want to be left behind the other power metal fanatics I suggest you take some time and check out VII Gates.

Rating: 87