Throes of Absolution

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Throes of Absolution
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ReleasedApril 24, 2012 [1]
Recorded2009-2010, 2012(Re-Recorded)
Label Basick, Century Media
Producer Aaron Smith
7 Horns 7 Eyes chronology
Convalescence EP
Throes of Absolution

Throes of Absolution is the debut album of the Christian death metal band, 7 Horns 7 Eyes. This is the only album to feature Ryan Wood, who left to join Project 86. In the early process of writing this album, Original Vocalist Kyle Wood, quit the band to be married, [4] but is still featured as a composer.

7 Horns 7 Eyes is an American progressive death metal band based out of Seattle, Washington. The band formed in 2006 and released their debut album Throes of Absolution on April 24, 2012, on Century Media Records in North America and Basick Records in Europe. On January 10, 2014, after being silent for nearly two years, Vocalist JJ Polachek announced the band is working on three potential releases for 2014 and 2015. It was described as a large conceptual work.

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Project 86 is an American rock band from Orange County, California, formed in 1996. The band has released eight albums, which have collectively sold nearly 500,000 units worldwide, two EPs, two DVDs, and one live album. Their music is considered by most to be a rock/post-hardcore/alternative style. Frontman Andrew Schwab's poetic and introspective lyrics have addressed a wide variety of topics such as conformity and emptiness.


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Sputnik Music writes:"Despite being a top-heavy disc, Throes of Absolution ends on a high note with a guest solo by Jeff Loomis on the song "Regeneration". The album displays great musicianship and creativity in the djent and –core obsessed current state of metal. Unlike other bands riding trends and having dime-a-dozen vocalists, 7 Horns 7 Eyes displays a balanced attack of influences from the progressive, doom, and death metal genres to create their own atmospheric and lead-driven entity." [2] No Clean Singing's reviewer states:"Powerful? Yes. Majestic? You bet your ass. One of the best of the year? Top shelf, grade-A, top-10-of-the-year list in the making. Buy this album. You won’t regret it. 'Within the throes of absolution, I shed my humanity. I rise beyond angels to the company of saints.'" [6]

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Metal Underground writes:"Highs: These musicians are pros at their instruments, Jeff Loomis contributes guitar work, spats of keyboards enhance the atmosphere Lows: Songs are stretched out too long, some clean vocals could have better fit a few melodic sections

Bottom line: A good melodic death metal debut that shines with excellent guitar work, but falters with some pacing issues. [3]

Altogether, Throes of Absolution is an album that always hints at greatness but never quite reaches it. For every moment that feels measured and well-constructed, there’s another that comes across as superfluous or even uninspiring. However, in those glorious moments where everything lines up so perfectly, this band shows buckets of potential – more so than any new band I’ve heard this year. Mark my words, barring drastic line up changes or a nuclear apocalypse, the next 7 Horns 7 Eyes album will be spectacular. [7] T.S. Elliot of Indie Vision Music wrote:"Overall: With Throes of Absolution, every member of 7 Horns 7 Eyes does his part to achieve the honorable, mouthful labeling of “progressive atmospheric technical death metal.” The drums, guitars, bass and death growls create a very distinct atmosphere that makes for a pleasant and refreshing listen. There’s not as much vocal variation as I think the album deserves, but that’s a miniature issue—Throes of Absolution is a musical masterpiece that was worth waiting for." [5]

Track listing

1."Divine Amnesty"6:34
2."Phumis: The Falsehood of Affliction"4:46
3."The Hill Difficulty"5:14
4."Cycle of Self"6:05
6."A Finite Grasp of Infinite Disillusion"5:45
8."The Winnowing"5:36
9."Regeneration" (featuring Jeff Loomis formerly of Nevermore)6:42
Total length:52:40


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