THEM – Manor Of The Se7en Gables

THEM - Manor Of The Se7en Gables
  • 8.2/10
    THEM - Manor Of The Se7en Gables - 8.2/10


Steamhammer / SPV
Release date: November 5, 2018

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8/10 (1 vote)

Manor Of The Se7en Gables, the second album from German Horror Power Metal act THEM, surprises in the best way possible, managing to shake off the stigma of a “soundalike” band and putting forth enough originality and passion to stand well on its own. With the obvious nod to King Diamond, both in terms of the band’s name and lead vocal style, there is no hiding or apologizing for the group’s influences. Despite this, Manor Of The Se7en Gables is a strong, well produced, fresh sounding Gothic Power Metal album.

Vocalist KK Fossor has all of the wailing, face-numbing high range as Mr. Diamond, yet he uses his stratospheric capability more sparingly and spends the bulk of the album singing in a more traditional style, as opposed to a traditional King Diamond album. With that being the case, it might just be possible that THEM will be a sort of gateway drug for newcomer metal heads who have yet to stumble across King Diamond or Merciful Fate. This band has all of the ingredients but a little more accessibility.

As expected of a German metal band, the production here is excellent. Guitarists Markus Johansson and Markus Ullrich’s rhythms are tight and defined, and all performances on this album are generally solid. For King Diamond and Traditional Metal fans in general, this will be a treat.



  • Maxxxwell Carlisle

    Maxxxwell was a reviewer and the host of The Maxed Out Metal Hour here on Metal Express Radio. He is the current lead guitarist for LA based metal veterans Hellion. In addition to his ongoing role in Hellion, he has also released 5 albums as a solo artist and appeared as a guest writer and soloist on Michael Angelo Batio's Intermezzo album, named one of the Top 5 shred albums of 2014 by Guitar World Magazine. He continues to collaborate with various Metal musicians and teaches guitar technique and Metal composition via Skype. Additionally, he is a former competitive bodybuilder and enjoys a lifestyle based around health, fitness and Metal.

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