The end of times has long been a topic of interest for mankind and it is no surprise to see a band with such an ominous name as The Foreshadowing to repeatedly take up such a topic. This is the case for the Italian’s fourth full-length, Seven Heads Ten Horns; this time focused on an envisioned collapse of a unified Europe beset by internal strains and contradictions, and once again an album replete with The Foreshadowing’s brand of medium-paced gothic/doom metal.
Seven Heads Ten Horns is a continuation of all of the elements that have defined The Foreshadowing over the last several albums: ominous atmosphere provided by keyboards, thick heavy guitar tones, martial and doom-ish drums by Giuseppe Orlando, and the marvelous deep baritone vocal range of Marco Benevento. Seven Heads Ten Horns is a consistent onslaught of medium-paced doom metal as each song showcases heavier moments, while juxtaposing them with softer, ominous passages that really exemplify Benevento’s voice. The introductory track, Ishtar, eases into the overall apocalyptic scenario with acoustic guitar that evoke an ancient Greek feeling, while Fall of Heroes thunders with thick, crunchy guitars as the epic atmosphere, fashioned by the keyboards, establishes the atmosphere and sound of this release. New Babylon, 17, and Lost Soldiers continue very much in this style with slight variations. The album closer, Nimrod, which is by far the band’s longest track clocking in at fourteen minutes, encapsulates the album’s heavy and ominous sound, as it traverses its three sections of grandeur.
Until We Fall is an excellent example of the quality of Benevento’s voice and a display of his vocal prowess. The slow start builds up to a powerful atmosphere, accentuated by the vocals, while a graceful solo, in the midst of such apocalyptic gloom, provides a contrast, and a sort of hope. His voice resonates well in the low ranges, yet also manages to not be overpowered by the thick guitar sounds. Benevento has a very deep voice that provides a great deal of somberness to all of The Foreshadowing’s work and this continues to be the case on Seven Heads Ten Horns.
Seven Heads Ten Horns is a solid addition to The Foreshadowing’s quality discography. It features all of the elements you would want and expect from The Foreshadowing, particularly the heavy guitar tone, atmosphere, and exquisite vocals. However, despite all this I still find this to be my least favorite of their albums. The album is still quite good, yet it seems to lack the diversity of earlier releases, as each track feel similar. Perhaps, the theme of apocalyptic doom, and the same sound for three albums in a row, can only be of interest for so long. Fans of The Foreshadowing will not be disappointed, only in that it does not offer anything they have not already heard from the band. As for metal fans, this is as good as any of their albums as an introduction to their sound.
Genre: Doom Metal, Gothic Metal, Metal
Label: Cyclone Empire
Release: April 22, 2016
2. Fall of Heroes
3. Two Horizons
4. New Babylon
5. Lost Soldiers
7. Until We Fail