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CD title - Equilibrium
by Seven Against Thebes
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CD title - Equilibrium
by Seven Against Thebes
Reviewed by Charlie Harrelson
Combining elements of 80's and 90's rock, punk and metal Equilibrium by Seven Against Thebes is well recorded romp through
elements of post theatre rock Queensryche all the way to splattering of 90's grunge like Alice N Chains and Nirvana mixed in.
"All the songs were written under water" says producer and guitarist Cyrus Rhodes.
In fact, the songs on this EP were all derived
while Cyrus was working for the Navy on a submarine. The bands goes so far as to have their label named Underwater Music (BMI).
I was wondering about the title of this CD so I looked up what Seven Against Thebes ment.
The Seven against Thebes is the third play in an Oedipus-themed trilogy produced by Aeschylus in 467 BC. It concerns the battle between an Argive army led by Polynices and the army of Thebes led by Eteocles and his supporters.
When Oedipus, king of Thebes, realized he had married his own mother and had four children with her, he blinded himself and cursed his sons to divide their inheritance (the kingdom) by the sword. The two sons, Eteocles and Polynices, in order to avoid bloodshed, agreed to rule Thebes in alternate years. After the first year, Eteocles refused to step down and as a result, Polynices raised an army (captained by the eponymous Seven) to take Thebes by force. This is where Aeschylus' tragedy starts. There is little plot as such; instead, the bulk of the play consists of rich dialogues that show how the citizens of Thebes feel about the threat of the hostile army before their gates, and also how their king Eteocles feels and thinks about it.
I don't know if a history lesson about a CD title is needed but a little background information never hurts.
The band consists of 3 fantastic musicians that have all gathered together to record some amazing material.
There is not a single weak link in the S.A.T. line up as all 3 musicians and singer Little Rusty are top drawer artists.
The music is 100% solid energy with little time for recovery between songs. I was glad that this was a 5 song an EP because the CD made me exhausted.
Five songs full of this much adrenalin was about all an old guy like could take without an oxygen mask.
In the Studio:
The band knows how to play their respective instruments and the engineer (Joel Martin) knows how to make an alternative/metal band sound stunning.
Every instrument is clear and perfectly place in the sound stage. The vocals are especially clear which doesn't often happen with this genre.
I was extremely impressed with the interplay between drummer Bruce Burgess and bass player Mr. Black. Their sound was like a well oiled machine
as they work together like they have played as a team for years. Cyrus Rhodes was refreshing on guitar by not playing 300 mps and concentrating on
playing the right notes. He went into the studio with a well thought out game plan on guitar and executed every aspect with style.
Equilibrium is a first class offering from 3 talented musicians and one world class singer. If you like Alternative/Metal without
a screaming vocalist then this is the band to listen to. With a band that eats high adrenalin for breakfast, a power bar for lunch this is a energy ride
taken to the
extreme. AND I LOVED IT!!!!
Founder of EVOR
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