Primal Fear is one of those bands if I the opportunity of experiencing their music before immersing myself in the work a slew of other European metal outfits, I probably held a higher reguard for their work. But by the time my friend did introduce me to Primal Fear, I wasn't exactly bowled over in any shape or form. In fact, before I ever heard Devil's Ground, the only place I knew singer Ralph Scheepers from was Gamma Ray's 1993 album "Insanity & Genius" (a classic if there ever was one).
Despite the above, I had heard from some of my friends that Seven Seals differed from the band's previous outings, and I decided to give it a try. I must say I'm glad I did, because while their other albums were good, the songs never infiltrated cerebral cortex as much as this batch of songs does. Songs such as "Seven Seals" ooze so much class, it isn't even funny. The savagely awesome "Evil Spell" sends chills down my spine with it's psychotic drumming and "In Memory of You" is a hauntingly beautiful ballad that closes the album in pure style.
Still, Seven Seals may come to disappoint some hard core Primal Fear fans who believe speed and power is everything. The album is definitely more symphonic than anything the band has ever done before, but the songs still do contain a very respectable amount of heavyness and it evens out. Those who aren't overly critical of said band sticking exclusively to their roots are likely the ones to get the most out of Seven Seals.
As a final note, I must say I do like how the ideas behind Seven Seals somewhat harkens back to Helloween's Keeper of the Seven Keys 1 & 2. In a way, while not being the same type of music, it somewhat pays tribute to those great albums without it seeming like a sorry attempt at cashing in (a.k.a Helloween's Keeper of the Seven Keys Part III: The Legacy ~ seriously, what where they thinking!?)
So, in closing, I would recommend anyone with an interest in this genre of music to check out Seven Seals, especially those who found that the band's later works were not their cup of tea.