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Settima Draconis / Press

"[...] In addition to the piece of "Legio" there are also other surprises. The whole thing is held together by many Death metal pieces. Settima Draconis try on the disc in a way so incredible, many metal genres, as probably many bands do not dare. In addition to the trips in Death metal, Gothic metal, Doom Metal, Folk Metal also Thrash Metal takes place, almost every song heralds a genre change and occasionally requires to the listener a while. Settima Draconis is surprisingly succeeded in most genres to provide a good figure. Only in Doom Metal I was a little disappointed.[...]"

"[...]"Legio" has become a mix of many elements - Death, Gothic, Middle Ages, but also mid-and uptempo. In some way every stylistic element have here its reason to exist, thing that in the end, unfortunately, does not emerge fully. Neverthless Settima Draconis has filed with this album a good average output, which gives hope for more. The right hammer is "Legio" but have not yet become."

"[...]"Legio" has eleven tracks in which, one by one, creates a slightly stifling atmosphere, playing with different rhythms and instrumentation to acclimate the work [...] One that most I like is “Poison me”, has an orchestration and rhythms of those who know how to make your hair stand on end. A mid time, that when you listen it, I don’t doubt that you will return to repeat and repeat and repeat…I also want to highlight the track “Wallpurgisnacht”, I have no other words to describe it: strange. Mostly folk, half Gothic, with hints of Death but that make a good combination to be another favorite tracks on this album. Something that is not easy to make a mix like that and get it right [...] with Settima Draconis this is a very complicated task, because the diversity that exists among the items, can remind you many bands, this song that, or this song the other one, but not with his own style. I really recommend the listening of this album [,,,]

“[...]Their debut 4-song, 30-minute demo is titled “Vengeance”, and it is a heavy, bombastic and dramatic addition to the metal realm. Settima Draconis features two vocalists. The male Erik provides a Death Metal style, whilst Judith adds her operatic style. The opening track, the 7-minute “Vengeance” begins with a strange sounding intro before Erik introduces himself with his forceful vocal style as the rest of the band joins in and we are off and running. The second track, “What Do I Have Left” is 9-minutes long and a true epic. This song, hands down, became my favorite as it takes so many twists and turns and features a strong orchestral presence. “Secret Spring” is next and has melancholic vibe, featuring violins and Judith is allowed to really shine on this one. The final track “Bloodspawn” is another huge highlight [...] after repeated listenings it is obvious that Settima Draconis has something substantial to offer.”

“[...] SETTIMA DRACONIS vermischen bombastische Gothic-Melodiebögen mit harten Death Metal-Riffs und das Paargespann am Mikro zeigt sich ebenfalls von einer sanften, klaren (Judith) bzw. harschen, rauen Seite (Erik). Alles in allem ist "Vengeance" typischer Gothic Metal, den man heutzutage zwar an jeder Ecke hört, etwas mehr Qualität als die meisten ihrer Mitstreiter haben SETTIMA DRACONIS aber schon zu bieten. Die Songs können zwar den Spannungsbogen ihrer überlangen Spielzeit nur bedingt halten, trotz allem blitzen hier aber schon songstrukturelle und melodische Highlights auf, die man auf einer relativ knappen Demo-Veröffentlichung nicht erwartet. Für Fans der Szene-Helden EPICA und Konsorten könnten SETTIMA DRACONIS in Zukunft sicherlich interessant werden.”

“Hailing out of Italy, is very eclectic gothic metal with a very different style. Combining black metal growls with female melodic vocals has been done before but, Settima Draconis does it with a uniqueness that captures the listener’s attention. The “Vengeance” EP starts with chugging riffs and Erik’s black metal vocals along with Judith’s beautiful singing in the background that slows down to a very haunting melody with acoustic guitar and sorrowfully played violins and then picks up speed with Erik’s power and fury. [...] “Secret Spring” is an amazingly done track that’s filled with a chilling and sorrowful ambiance that will have you mesmerized from beginning to end. Judith really stands out here with her incredible vocals.[...] I wasn’t sure what to expect when I first started listening to this demo but I was massively impressed with each track and I can’t wait to see what else they have in store for us in the future!”

“[...] Im Grunde spielt die Band typischen Gothic-Metal, der gesanglich mit einem Wechsel aus zart-trällerndem Frauen-Sopran und tief-düsteren Männer-Growls aufwartet. Instrumental tobt derselbe Zweikampf zwischen melodisch-orchestralem Bombast und harschen Death-Metal-Riff-Salven. [...] Während die Ballade "Secret Spring" stark nach frühen NIGHTWISH klingt, sind die übrigen Stücke deutlich aggressiver. Dabei schaffen es SETTIMA DRACONIS aber noch nicht, für durchgängig tragfähige Spannungsbögen zu sorgen. Möglicherweise hat man sich mit der Überlänge der Stücke keinen wirklichen Gefallen getan. So sollte man dringend versuchen, etwas kompakter zu komponieren und ein besseres Gleichgewicht zwischen spannendem Abwechslungsreichtum und mit zu vielen unnötigen Schnörkeln künstlich aufgeblähten Stücken zu finden.”