Album Review: The Royal – Seven

Album Review: The Royal – Seven

The Royal
Seven
(Long Branch Records)

Metal outfit The Royal show promise in Seven, but fall short consistently in its length. The problem stems from their lack of variety. In a scene where clean vocals and keyboards have become a norm, The Royal primarily stick to the basics; and while this is not necessarily a bad way to go, it does make for a rather simplistic representation of what they are capable of. Vocally, the screams are on key, but don’t take things high or low along the way; they stay steady and, therefore, boring after a while. It’s in the instrumental work that the band sticks out the most. It’s rare when an interlude steals your attention, but that’s exactly what happens midway through Seven. With more explored structures – like those found in “Creeds and the Vultures”, “Interlude”, and “Veridian” – and an extension in vocal range, the Royal could have something lasting. But as Seven stands, they need a bit more work and growth.

Purchase the album here.

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