Is there a new wave of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal sweeping across the United Kingdom at the moment? No! The NWOBHM was a historically singular movement frozen in time (1979-1983) and place (Great Britain). But there is no denying that over the last few years a brand new and very dedicated underground heavy metal scene has emerged in England. Groups such as Wytch Hazel, Ascalon, Amulet and Dark Forest are at the forefront of this new generation of English heavy metal bands (all of them have appeared live at Newcastle's own Brofest).
Not to forget Seven Sisters – maybe musically the most promising of the lot. The London foursome has just released its debut album via High Roller Records. With songs such as “Destiny's Calling”, “Commanded By Fear” and the quite unusual “Cast To The Stars” »Seven Sisters« is a most delightful debut platter.
Formed in London in 2013 by Graeme Farmer (guitars) and Kyle McNeill (guitars, vocals), Seven Sisters recorded their first demo »The Warden« in 2014, followed by a 7” single entitled »Lost In Time« a year later. The current line-up is completed by Adam Thorpe on bass and Steve Loftin on drums.
“It’s fair to say that without the NWOBHM we wouldn’t be here as a band,” assesses guitarist/vocalist Kyle McNeill. “A lot of music from the 80s influences the band, as well as us as individuals. We love AOR, Thrash, Speed Metal basically a whole myriad of different types of extreme music (and also 'non-extreme'!). But we try to approach things a little differently. Admittedly, it might not be so obvious to someone who doesn’t listen to “Classic Metal” so much, but I believe there’s a bit more to our music than being just another new band trying to relive the NWOBHM.”
That's indeed true. Seven Sisters, although being influenced by classic metal, are anything but retro.
“The album is actually a bit of a concept album,” says Kyle about the lyrical content of »Seven Sisters«. “The songs follow the story of a guy who encounters one of the Seven Sisters, he falls in love with her but in the process gets his soul stolen. They happen to be pretty evil so he goes on a quest to rid the world of them! It’s essentially a re-telling of the old Greek myth of Orion.”
This again shows how much dedication Seven Sisters are investing, not only in their music, but also in their overall concept.
Seven Sisters – a force to be reckoned with. That's for sure.