SEVEN CROWNS: Lightning Rod: LP

Despite the heavy metal cover art and song titles like “So Below” and “Backwoods Baby,” Seven Crowns are more in line with modern hardcore like Fucked Up and Cross Stitched Eyes. I like that they are mixing things up sound wise, but the results are pretty uneven. Some songs go way too long, and the playing lacks that edge needed to keep you engaged for the long haul. The danger of musical proficiency is that it can scrub the soul out of your music. A good bit of heavy editing and allowing for a rawer edge could work wonders. –Matt Average (Negative Press, Facebook.com/sevencrowns)