APRIL 29th 2014
SEVENTRAIN: SEVENTRAIN
Review by Anka

I like my hard rock melodic and gutsy. And if you can add some blues in there without making it sound too forced, I’ll be a happy listener. I had the chance to hear just my kind of hard rock with the new release from Seventrain. I had no idea who they were, but the music itself was a great first introduction instead of biographical details.
 
Seventrain is a new band formed in 2010 and it’s based in San Diego California. Made of musicians with years of experience within the heavy metal/rock scene, all brought together by guitarist Eric Horton (ex-Cage), the band proposes a brand of hard rock that is modern enough but still well anchored in the classic 70’s music.  
 
Their self titled debut in 2014 is a pretty good attention grabber. It’s not something completely unique in terms of genre - the North American scene, especially at local level has seen lots of bands doing this nowadays. But this new release certainly impresses with great musicianship, beautiful song-writing and a well executed blend of gritty hard rock and sweet blues.
 
Unlike other releases of the kind, Seventrain’s song flow doesn’t bore and doesn’t get stale in repetitive patterns. From brilliant acoustic moments to tight guitar solos, from the heavy, crunchy riffs to the beautiful guitar harmonies that dominate the soundscape, it’s all well put together in an album that feels too short. You can certainly hear so many influences in there - the aforementioned blues hints and the alternative/grungy moments which maybe don’t add as much - but this kind of hard rock gets a more credible nuance in today’s context. Backed by a quite solid rhythm section and pounding rhythms, this musical journey is put into words by vocalist Jon Campos, whose powerful and expressive vocals add even more intensity to the whole experience.
 
In the end, it’s like the hard rock vibe keeps us rockin’ while the harmonies and the tones infuse meaning and emotion. It’s somehow old-fashioned but without sounding conservative. With both heavy and soft bluesy elements, there’s something in it for everyone. I am pretty sure it could cause bouts of nostalgia, but in the end it’s an easy listen that’s as pleasant as it is entertaining.