Seven nails – Factory of dreams

seven nails - factory of dreamsSeven Nails are a German Symphonic progressive metal band from Southern Germany.  The band formed in 2010 and by 2012 had finalised the lineup, and recording of their debut album, Factory of dreams, started soon after.
Blending Progressive and Symphonic metal with female vocals, this is a recipe that should appeal to lots of fans.

One bit that surprised me slightly (but in a good way) is the fact that although the band has two lead vocalists, one male, one female, they’ve steered away from the extremely common arrangement of having clean female vocals and male growling vocals.  Instead, both singers provide clean vocals, as does Violinist Marion Huttl when she provides vocals.

Musically it’s certainly not your typical symphonic metal offering – the Prog element is very prominent, and this helps differentiate the band from many of the other bands around.  The use of the violin again adds an element that helps to make the music stand out from the crowd.
The vocals are excellent – both male and female vocals are very good, but in my mind the female vocals have the edge here.  There’s plenty of variety in the songs too so the album stays interesting with repeated listens.

An excellent debut album – I look forward to hearing more from Seven Nails in the future.

Rating: 8.5/10

Track listing

1. Intro
2. Factory of dreams
3. Next page
4. Frozen blue
5. Pharoah’s call
6. Behind your mirror
7. Prisoner of my own
8. The way to the butterflies
9. Let me breath
10. Masquerade
11. Phantoms
12. Choose your weapons right
13. Eyes of medusa

Seven Nails are:

Johannes Auer – Drums
Leonid – Reinhardt – Bass
Mathias Schmid – Guitar
Tim Lobitz – Keyboards
Marion Huttl – Violin and vocals
Julian Volkmann – Vocals
Daniela Marx – Vocals

About Ant May

I spend half my life at gigs or festivals and the other half writing the reviews and editing photos, and somehow find time for a full time job too. Who needs sleep - I've got coffee.