Seventh Angel - The Torment

Saturday 1st September 1990
Seventh Angel - The Torment
Seventh Angel - The Torment

STYLE: Hard Music
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 10905-23534
LABEL: Edge Records 7021
FORMAT: 12 inch vinyl Album

Reviewed by Brian Hoff

There can be no doubt about it, this album is going to offend, shock, worry and disgust some people. But with many souls stolen from Satan's camp already under their belts. Seventh Angel have made a name for themselves amongst Satan's hordes if not amongst the Christian music industry. That of course is about to change. I would label this music as prophetic metal. And I prophesy that this album and this band are going to be big, very big. It's already been picked up for mainstream distribution by Music for Nations. While some strum away with pseudo intellectual poetry or biblical verbosity, Seventh Angel smack you straight between the eyes and tell it as it is. The track that most typifies this is subtly titled "Dr Hatchet", a song which accuses those in the medical profession who perform abortions on innocent children of being cold blooded murderers. It is already causing much controversy amongst certain so-called Christian event organizers, and yet this track more than any other has that touch of Spirit born prophesy affirmed by the fruit already born in those who have heard it. My favourite track on the album is called "Katie". It is an anthem in the making which sparkles with a stereo acoustic guitar intro, followed by thick throbbing guitar that will please the ex-Sabbath fans amongst you. If I have any criticism to make, it would be Ian Arkley's vocals. These are excellent for the thrash numbers, but unlike his guitar work, lack the range, imagination and musicality to cope with a track like "Katie" where some real vocal dexterity is called for, Ian sounds more like he's talking or doing a "Make Way" chant than singing. Overall, though, I was very, very impressed by this recording, both for its music and its message. I would recommend it as a gift to any thrash metal fan you know who needs Jesus.

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Reader Comments

Posted by neil in berkshire england @ 15:16 on Nov 25 2005

Bought this back in 1990 as a tape loved it then and the guys are sound. Came from same background as me and that helped. Contempory christian music and p&w just sounded soft and unconvincing at the time, but this sounded like they meant it and got me away from the angry music that inspire negativity into a righteous enthusiasm that nothing else at the time did.

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