Full of melodies combined with heavy riffs and tribal rhythms, Seven7 are a breath of fresh air on the metal scene. The first demos emerged in 2006 but the line-up was not finalised until 2007. The band consists of Swiss guitarist Nick Meier on guitars as well as the Turkish Oud, Saz and Baglama, Dave Brown on Vocals and percussion, Dave Moulding on drums and Arran McSporran on fretless and synth bass.
With art by Roopa Basu, based on paintings done by Meier's wife Songul Yilmaz-Meier, their debut album Try Something Different was officially released on June 15th 2009. The album features guest guitar solos from Steve Smyth (Nevermore/Testament) as well as additional percussion by Pete Riley (Erotic Cakes/Keith Emerson). Mixed in Switzerland by Dom Torche and mastered by Rupert Christie, the album is a tour-de force linking Meier’s love of oriental scales and rhythms, also prominent in his jazz band The Meier Group, with the grooves and riffs of heavy metal. With Dave Brown’s deep melodic growls, Moulding’s technical grooves and McSporran’s souring fretless lines, the album is “contemporary metal that explores many styles from proggy stuff through to the hard rhythms of Fear Factory, but the sound is always cohesive” (Live review).
Seven7 were a featured band and performed a special gig at the world renowned Bath International Guitar Festival in 2008 with Meier lecturing there during the festival. They have been regularly gigging and gaining exposure around the South East of England since 2007. A 70’s B-Movie themed video has recently been released online for their song Changing off the debut album and can be viewed on their MySpace page and on YouTube.
"Seven Words to describe SEVEN7: melodic, technical, trippy, tribal, innovative, heavy, versatile... "
John Biscomb (TERRORIZER)
"Imagine Slipknot's instrumentalists…with the bastard son of Hetfield and Zakk Wylde singing. Ooh and Steve Vai playing on top of a mountain. Epic non-power metal"
James Gill (METAL HAMMER)