Full of melodies combined with heavy riffs and tribal rhythms, Seven7 are a breath of fresh air on the metal scene. The london-based band link oriental scales and rhythms with the grooves and riffs of heavy metal.
Seven7 formed in London, where the first demos emerged in 2006 but the line-up was not finalised until 2007. The band consists of Dave Brown on Vocals and percussion, Swiss guitarist Nick Meier on guitars as well as the Turkish Oud, Saz and Baglama, Arran McSporran on fretless and synth bass and danish drummer Claus Thylstrup.
With art by Roopa Basu, based on paintings by Meier's wife Songül Yilmaz-Meier, their debut album Try Something Different was officially released on June 15th 2009. The album features guest guitar solos from Steve Smyth (Nevermore/Testament) as well as additional percussion by Pete Riley (Erotic Cakes/Keith Emerson). Mixed in Switzerland by Dom Torche and mastered by Rupert Christie, the album is a tour-de force linking Meier’s love of oriental scales and rhythms, also prominent in his jazz band The Meier Group, with the grooves and riffs of heavy metal. With Dave Brown’s deep melodic growls, Moulding’s technical grooves and McSporran’s souring fretless lines, the album is “contemporary metal that explores many styles from proggy stuff through to the hard rhythms of Fear Factory, but the sound is always cohesive” (Live review).
In autumn 2011, Seven7 will release their new album titled 'Under Eye'. It is a big step up from the first album, featuring the amazing Pete Riley on drums and percussion. Seven7 will be promoting the album heavily until the release date.
Seven7 were a featured band and performed a special gig at the world renowned Bath International Guitar Festival in 2008 with Meier lecturing there during the festival. They have been regularly gigging and gaining exposure around the South East of England since 2007. A 70’s B-Movie themed video has recently been released online for their song Changing off the debut album and can be viewed on their MySpace page and on YouTube.