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Seventh Genocide
Toward Akina
Type: CD
Company: Third I Rex
Release: 2017
Genre: Black
Reviewer: Greg Watson
Published: 10/3/2017
Experimental Black Metal that is trippy and quite engrossing
When I see the tag of experimental black metal being given to a band, I never know what to expect going in. With "Toward Akina", Seventh Genocide have delivered an album that is both diverse and engrossing. The band combines searing black metal riffs with psychedelic instrumental passages that are just real trippy and fascinating. The mood of the album is one of emotional ups and downs and really just adds to the overall feel. The production is immaculate and really highlights each instrument and the flow of the album as a whole. Musically, I am just utterly fascinated by the soundscapes that Seventh Genocide play off of each other and the fluid, incredible quality of the more clean, psychedelic passages. I get fully absorbed into those passages and am then shocked back into reality with black metal that is swirling and savage in contrast to the more reserved pieces. I just can't say enough about this album. Definitely a surprise and words won't do this justice so go out and listen to this one on your own, you'll really be glad that you did!
About this Writer:
Greg Watson // Greg Watson has been hooked on the loud and heavy sounds since the summer of 1994 when he first heard the opening notes of "Operation: Mindcrime" by Queensryche. Since then his tastes have expanded and grown like the ever evolving heavy metal tree of genres. He has been an active member of Maximum Metal off and on for 10 years. In his spare time, Greg enjoys deciding the fate of his loyal subjects in the realm of Skyrim and secretly playing air keyboard to "Separate Ways" by Journey when no one is watching. He currently resides in Roanoke, VA with his wife and his metal wannabe beagle.

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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2017
Greg Watson10/3/2017


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