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Fall Within

by The Seventh Season

Recommended for people who've forgotten what they like about rock and for people who haven't.
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The Beat, 2003

Another father/son rock act, this one Russian. Papa Yuri and son Konstantin Batygin have been at this rock and roll thing for some time, and now their equipment and chops are up to a commercial release. Youth - oriented ,... their stuff's sort of New Wave, angry with a hint of fake Brit accent, which is sort of amusing given the fact that we're talking about two Russians living in Los Angeles.

I like it. It's fantasy-and-testosterone based, with titles ranging from "Commando" to "So Insane" to "Pirate Song" to "Magician" to "Army of Reality." The Batygins obviously love writing and playing rock, and that is an asset to any record. As for their writing and singing, it's not bad and they're not trying to break new ground here, so if the basic patterns are passe, that doesn't hurt the release a bit. If a college dormitory hall had a big party, the room where this record was playing would be the inner sanctum for the most "with it" party attendees.

Recommended for people who've forgotten what they like about rock and for people who haven't.


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Progressive Rock and Progressive Metal, 12 March 2006
http://www.progressiverockbr.com/previews2006.htm

THE SEVENTH SEASON - "Fall Within" Like father, like son. From the cold Russian winter The Seventh Season was born in 1972. Yuri Batygin had toured a lot with his band and recorded very good songs, until stop activities en 1979. But the year was 2001, and his son Konstantin Batygin joined forces with his father to reborn this good band. The result is this CD, a debut that was created in the seventies and now finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. Considering that they started in 1972, we have a rock band like "Deep Purple", with some blues-rock oriented songs like “Commando” and “So Insane”. There are some acustical elements in “Like Years Ago” (a "Rolling Stones" influence) and a 80’s rock feeling in songs like “Drag Me” and “Magician”. This band has a great problem in hands. They have so many musical influences, that is very difficult to describe them musically. It is a very well done record, good production, but a missing identity. Well... they have done a lot of shows with Virgil Gheorghiu in drums, and are preparing a new record. If we pay attention the “Fall Within”, we can expect a very good release in the future. Well... it’s only rock and roll and I LIKE IT!...
Rafael Carnovale

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Kangar Radio International, 6 December 2005
http://www.kangarradio.com/

The Seventh Season: Fall Within
Genre: Rock,Hard Rock/ Artist Site: www.theseventhseason.net/ Rating by Kangar Radio *

This father and son group make magic together with there guitars and vocals and lyrics. One of the catchiest tunes I have listened to in the longest time is in fact the first track “Commando”. I have been to the site of Seventh Season and was very happy to see the live footage of the group live. They put on one heck of a show to say the least. A fun group to listen to and a great band to watch also. Again this is another group I like to keep an eye on and watch them group. Another great track from this group is “Pirate Song”.

Andrew Allan

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Kweevak.com, 2 November 2005, by by Laura Turner Lynch
http://www.kweevak.com/rd_cd_reviews.htm

THE SEVENTH SEASON – FALL WITHIN:

The Seventh Season formed in 1972 in Moscow, Russia. The band has been through a number of incarnations including a move to the west coast of the United States. Since 2001, they have appeared at a variety of festivals and venues. The current lineup is a trio, including founder Yuri Batygin who plays bass and sings. His son Konstantin handles guitar, vocals and wrote the majority of songs on the Fall Within CD. Virgil Gheorghiu plays drums. The Seventh Season sound is a unique blend of alternative, metal, new wave and rock. Their self-produced, twelve track album blends classic and modern rock styles in songs enhanced by the use of electronics and some modulated vocals. 'So Insane' features altered vocals, a crazed tempo along with searing guitars and electronic sounds. 'Army Of Reality' is a battle of bold beats, dueling vocals and edgy instrumentation. The Seventh Season shows lots of potential on their debut CD. The trio brings passion and originality to their own brand of rock!

• Recommended Tracks: 2,12

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Northeast In-Tune. 18 September 2005, by Dan Murphy
http://www.northeastintune.com/sept/seventh.html

Could it get any less cool than having your dad front your rock n roll band, well that is exactly what Bay Area band The Seventh Season is doing, and apparently pulling it off!

he Seventh Season began over three decades ago in the former Soviet Union by founder Yuri Batygin, but it is not until 2002 when they would finally debut with “Fall Within” with its current incarnation. Seventh Season now consists of Yuri’s son Konstantin, and drummer Virgil Gheorghiu. They have been gigging extensively in the California area since its inception in 2002, gaining recognition in and around their hometown.

At first listen to the tracks on their debut there was something quite relevant in them to contemporary bands, an 80’s Bowie-esque quality. A sound that is receiving great attention as of late with so many 80’s style bands popping up everywhere. Sonically the guitars ride on top in songs such as “So Insane” and “Pirate Song” giving the band a signature drive. Vocally however is a feeling of hit or miss, appearing inviting at times, and at others a more burlesque version of Weird Al mimicking Ana Kournikova or something. The standout track in unquestionably “Commando”, which delivers verses that allude to the CB’s era bands of the 1970’s such as Talking Heads, with its simplicity and vocal sparseness.

Perhaps the most endearing quality of the Seventh Season lies around the bands story, and what they represent. The Seventh Season are a band that doesn’t seem to fit at all with current music trends as being too cool or too hip, in fact it is almost the antithesis of that very mindset.

Undoubtedly, their story is one of the most interesting stories of any band in rock. They have had such a long history, cool names like Yuri and Konstantin, and I mean who was the last father and son to pull off rock band….well, there you go there’s always a fist for everything right?

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PHASE 9 Music (UK), 22 June 2004, by EDF
http://www.phase9.tv/musicreviews/seventhseason-fallwithin-a.htm

THE SEVENTH SEASON - FALL WITHIN Album Review by EDF
The Seventh Season is a group with an interesting past, of sorts. The group was founded in Moscow, Russia in 1972. Led by Yuri Batygin, the group spent the 1970’s performing and recording until they decided to call it a day. Nearly 20 years later, now finding himself on a different continent, Yuri has revived the group with his son Konstantin. Together they have spent countless hours recording this album which has a lot more going for it than its individual parts.

SO INSANE is essentially a folk song backed with rock music but an interesting aspect is how their harmonies almost sound electronic. There is a spirit, a passionate spirit, that screams out of the gung-ho lyrics from the PIRATE SONG. The harmonising guitar solo on LIKE YEARS AGO is great but short and is instead replaced by an average keyboard solo. The drum parts are obviously not live but are programmed to suit tracks such as FALL WITHIN. The mid-tempo DESIRE and DRAG ME are both a welcome change of pace and mood, with both tracks sounding like something from the early 1980’s.

Typically the group leaves the best till last as ARMY OF REALITY is easily the best produced track here. The main problem with most of the songs is the way certain sounds are mixed. The album would have benefited with some mastering sessions as it lacks any real bass to fill out the songs. Nevertheless, if The Seventh Season were to record another album, then it would be a safe bet to say that it would be better produced than this one.

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Evor.com
http://www.evor.com/links_rock8.html

The Seventh Season "Fall Within is not to be missed: Rock and Roll fan or not. With its catchy tunes and light-hearted outlook on life, the Seventh Season will grow on anyone who appreciates good music."

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MusicShopper Forum, 23 November 2004 by Sarah Francis

http://forums.musicshopper.info/index.php?showtopic=217

MusicShopper - Music Reviews, Music Shopping and Music Resources

The Seventh Season - Fall Within

Our Rating: 75 out of 100

The Seventh Season intermingles various styles of music in their one of a kind album, “Fall Within.” There’s no easy way to describe the originality of the music on this album as The Seventh Season seems to blend together a lot of rock, some metal, a twinge of folk, and a dash of the Beatles to produce their unique sound. In a world full of generic, processed music it is refreshing to hear a band try something new.

With the mix of new and old styles it is not surprising after listening to “Fall Within” to learn that the band consist of both father, Yuri Batygin, and son, Konstantin Batygin. The band was first formed in 1972 by Yuri, and his long experience playing in music in conjunction with Konstantin’s youthful energy definitely gives the bands first album “Fall Within” an edge.

No two songs sound the same, and they all have a distinct character to them making “Fall Within” something that will keep your ears interested. Like a good disc jockey, the songs are formatted to play on your mood by picking you up and bringing you back down at just the right moments. The collection truly saves the best for last with the music only “Morning” and then follows up with the last song and best song, “Army of Reality.” These two songs, along with “Commando” really make the album. It takes a lot of creativity and imagination to unite such different styles of music together and The Seventh Season pulls it off well. If they keep at it, their second CD should be even better.

This is a well thought out album and the Batygins definitely get points for originality and experimenting with new techniques. People that are interested in new forms of music as well as Rock, Indie, and Beatle fans that like a little twist should check out “Fall Within.” I have not yet seen The Seventh Season in person, but I get the feeling they put on a very good live performance.

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Neufutur.com http://www.neufutur.com/

Reviewed 14 August 2004

Bands aren’t usually around for thirty years, and even fewer of them are able to keep a style reminiscent of that era for so long after their formation. The Seventh Season do so, while keeping together enough relevancy to maintain a decent album. Using a voice modifier that many would assume to be on a Britney Spears or Cher track, Yuri makes a solid rock track that can be as meaningfully enjoyed by the adult contemporary listeners as it is with the rock purists. On “Fall Within”, each track is cast in such a similar way that it becomes hard at times to discern different tracks, owing much to the heavily-distorted guitars (which more often than not become indistinguishable and odd tone to Yuri’s voice. Each track is arranged beautifully, and while there are dry spells when the deep end is only slightly represented (especially during most of the title track), each member of The Seventh Season contribute equally.

In trying to add an electronic element to their sound, I feel that The Seventh Season have sacrificed something of intensity that having unadulterated guitar lines would give them. “Desire’s” ending guitar solo is hampered by this, and a track that would have ended with a bang truly does end on this disc with a whimper. It is when The Seventh Season drop these electronics and reach back into their bag to bring out a sixties-sounding ditty where their true talent is shown, specifically the pop-rock ditty “New Day”, sounding as near a “Postman”-like song as they come. The penultimate track to “Fall Within”, the dreadfully tinny sounding “Morning” is hindered by fake-sounding synthesizers that threaten to make the entire disc insincere.

A more organic approach to “Fall Within” would have been a better course of action than the electronic-rock mix that The Seventh Season commits to this disc. Minor issues plague “Fall Within”, whether it be the unnecessarily mechanical drumming on “Pirate Song” or the aforementioned tinny-ness of Morning, yet do not significantly weaken the disc as a whole. Still, a simple comparison to the music that is paraded out as rock in this new era shows The Seventh Season as an extremely compelling band that is never afraid to mix a radio friendly song with an incredible devotion to musicianship. Two years have passed since this album was released, but have The Seventh Season moved on to the next plateau or just found themselves in a deeper rut with this unholy mishmash?

Top Tracks: Like Years Ago, Commando

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Allalom.com by Samuel Aaron, 13 May 2005

The Seventh Season – Fall Within
Label: Independent Records
Style: Classic Rock, Retro, Rock’n’Roll
Released: 2002
My Grade: 4 stars
AMG: n/a
Sounds like: Randy Newman, David Bowie, T.Rex, They Might Be Giants

http://www.allalom.com/051305seventhseason-fall.htm

Where did these guys come from? They formed in the early seventies and now, in the year of our Lord two thousand and five they have released their debut (actually it was released in 2002, but still, most bands release an album within the first three years of existence, not after three decades)? Not only that, but they started in Russia and have crossed oceans to now reside in the USA? This band has some history to say the least.

So what does the music sound like? Well that is kind of hard to explain, because within the short time span of the disc they fly through several elements of folk, metal, new wave and retro-arena rock, not to mention a couple turns into glam and punk revival; although each song retains elements of the others to hold everything together but giving enough elasticity to eliminate monotony. Reminiscent of the more experimental glam rock that came out of England during the early seventies, and combined with the fuelling of early American proto-punk and you might have a pretty good taste of the music.

“Commando” burst onto the starting line at a careening pace and gives the music listener something to bite his teeth in – but be sure to hold on because from there on it is a mad dash that will speed up and slow down at the change of each track like a roller coaster designed for actual fun. “Like Years Ago” and “Fall Within” are great examples of this band and the future; Sure there are a couple mis-steps and a few minor flaws but most albums that are self produced contain problematic elements. The album starts to stumble and falter when in nears the ending track, but once that final song (“Army of Reality”) kicks in it rises like a phoenix from the stumbling blocks and uplifts the album back to something enjoyable.

The worst offender on the album is the prog-rock cover - lacking both the talent and skill of those progressive artists, it screams of sci-fi mimicry without the enjoyable cliché. Next time they should probably hire an artist, instead of messing around with 3-D graphics.

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DVD Total Magazine (Brazil), 12 March 2005
FALL WITHIN
The Seventh Season
(Independent Records Inc)

http://omedi.blogspot.com/2005/03/ouvindo-seu-dvd.html

http://dvdmagazine.virgula.com.br/Martorelli/ouca_seu_DVD_1.htm

Embora não muito conhecida, a Seventh Season é uma banda veterana: ela surgiu em Moscou, na Rússia, no longínquo ano de 1972! A formação original já se dispersou há 20 anos, mas o grupo retorna à tica com Yuri Batygin e seu filho, Konstantin, misturando rock clássicos, progressivo, new wave e até folk. Imagine os Rolling Stones de “Goat´s Head Soup” com os vocais do B-52´s e você vai ter uma vaga idéia do som do Seventh Season.
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"Check out Fall Within and the fun will be contagious!" — Jen Lush, Midwestbands.com, 23 September 2004. "Listen to The Seventh Season on MWB Radio!"

http://www.midwestbands.com/review_page.php?id=186

Musicianship – 7.5 out of 10

I have to gives props to this father/son team on their musicianship. This is a self produced disc and instead of using a lot of keyboard tricks to fill it in, their use of acoustic and electric instruments shows their talents well. A lot of Indie artists take the easy way out and use their ‘keys’ to fill in all the background parts. That is not the case here. However, vocally they used more effects than they needed to! Their harmonies are decent. Their tone is a little whiney, but, I think that is magnified by the high treble effect added in the echo in their vocals. I think on their next disc if they would give a more natural recording to their vocals, my score would rise considerably! They are unique and interesting artists!

Songwriting – 7.5 out of 10

8 out of 12 tracks on this disc were written by the son, Konstantin Batygin. They aren’t complex symphonies by any stretch; however, he has a GREAT pop style of writing that is his OWN. Considering his youth, I imagine his writing will get even better. He has totally grasped the concept of how a good Pop song should flow! From dance to a retro New Wave sound, Konstantin’s music, if put in the right producer’s hands, could surely produce several hits. The lyrics aren’t real deep, but they aren’t shallow either. I feel they are completely appropriate for their style of music. *I’m sure the apple hasn’t fallen far from the tree! Yuri’s songwriting ability is highlighted in (New Day)! Great Beatle-esque quality to the song!

Sound Quality/Professionalism – 6.5 out of 10

My score is a little deceiving in some ways. In some parts of this disc the guitar parts really shine! I love how they are recorded; however, the mixing leaves a LOT to be desired! In some of the tracks, the vocals are almost in the background and in others they are really loud with the treble highs almost making it difficult to hear the other instruments in the song—and you WANT to hear the other instruments. Some are very basic, but in other portions there is some great playing that you can barely hear because a simpler recorded instrument drowns it out. For instance: (Save My Soul) is a beautiful track, with a really lovely acoustic guitar WAY in the background. But, you CAN hear the simple keyboard part louder and EXTREMELY SIMPLE drum beat even more so!

With a professional mix done on their individual parts & careful attention to the recorded vocals, this disc would be difficult to find fault with at all. Honestly, there is very little lacking in talent and much lacking in production.

Packaging - 6 out of 10

Interesting sleeve art, simple track listing (with songwriters names) and a picture of the men. Not much to be thrilled with, but nothing offensive either. Of course, my biggest gripe is NO LYRICS!!! They also don’t have lyrics on their website! Such a shame! I think Konstantin especially should be sure they are included in future endeavors. Being able to read and listen at the same time helps us to remember and keep a song in our minds.

Favorite Tracks
Commando
Fall Within
Drag Me
New Day
*Stand Out Track: Army of Reality


Overall Rating - 8 out of 10

The Seventh Season is a refreshing unique ‘team’ of musicians that fits in with the trend that is rising in Pop music today. Pop is becoming more interesting musically. The trend is to not only use electronics to a musician’s advantage, but to bring back real musicianship with REAL instruments! What a concept! Yuri and Konstantin Batygin bring back that wonderful retro New Wave sound adding edge and ROCK to their Pop style and it makes for a fun and satisfying disc. The added bonus is in knowing that they probably had a blast putting it together!

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THE EXAMINER, San Francisco, 8 July 2004 by Bill Picture
Weekend Concerts The Seventh Season
http://www.sfexaminer.com/article/index.cfm/i/070804a_concerts

Weekend Concerts The Seventh Season
For their debut album, "Fall Within" (Independent Records, Inc.), South Bay duo The Seventh Season, which consists of Russian Bay Area transplant Yuri Batygin and son Konstantin, puts an intriguing Numan-esque new-wave spin on the '70s prog-rock sound. Read more at www.theseventhseason.net.

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SPACE ROCK 15 July 2004 by Stuart aka zeitgeist
http://www.space-rock.co.uk/modules.php?name=Reviews&rop=showcontent&id=78

The Seventh Season - Fall Within
An interesting one, The Seventh Season were formed in Moscow in 1972, but after a 20 year break, and a move of continent, now consist of Yuri Batygin and his son Konstantin. Theirs is an odd mix of folk, classic rock, prog, and new wave, sometimes in English, sometimes in Russian, veering wildly across genres with nary a backward glance. As is inevitable with something so eclectic, you're areas of enjoyment will vary with the styles, so the more traditional classic rock tracks get my vote with 'Commando' and 'Army Of Reason' scoring highest. The folk rock meld of 'So Insane' is also wel conceived and performed, crossing over into an almost electronic folk blend, but 'Pirate Song' is the out and out winner, one track where all their influences converge into a new fluidity. There is a lull in the middle of the album as neither 'Desire' nor 'Drag Me' manage to lift themselves out of the ordinary, but this is an admirable project, and one to be commended.

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Encore, Outrider, The Beat, American Harmonica Newsmagazine, May 2003

Another father/son rock act, this one Russian. Papa Yuri and son Konstantin Batygin have been at this rock and roll thing for some time, and now their equipment and chops are up to a commercial release. Youth-oriented for the youth of the late '70s and early '80s, their stuff's sort of New Wave, angry with a hint of fake Brit accent, which is sort of amusing given the fact that we're talking about two Russians living in Los Angeles.

I like it. It's fantasy-and-testosterone based, with titles ranging from "Commando" to "So Insane" to "Pirate Song" to "Magician" to "Army of Reality." The Batygins obviously love writing and playing rock, and that is an asset to any record. As for their writing and singing, it's not bad and they're not trying to break new ground here, so if the basic patterns are passe, that doesn't hurt the release a bit. If a college dormitory hall had a big party, the room where this record was playing would be the inner sanctum for the most "with it" party attendees.

Recommended for people who've forgotten what they like about rock and for people who haven't.

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"They're living out the high-energy, rebellious fantasy." - Jennifer Layton, Indie-Music.com, 21 November 2003.
http://www.indie-music.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=2311

The roots of this band formed in Moscow in 1972. Now, The Seventh Season is Yuri Batygin and son Konstantin, performing guitar rock with electronic new wave elements and spastic, aggressive vocals that sound like the B-52s singing from the Rolling Stones songbook.

What really works is that these guys love rock music. They're living out the high-energy, rebellious fantasy. The British accent does sound a little strange from two Russian singers, but the passion and power are there.

For their next recording, I suggest they do something to fill out the sound. It needs more bass, and those voices need to be brought to the front a little more. They sound echoed in the background. But overall, this is an intriguing approach and makes for enjoyable listening.

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RadioMike, 07 March 2004
http://thefeveredbrainofradiomike.com/comments.php?id=287_0_1_0_C

THE SEVENTH SEASON plays Progressive Russian Art Rock all the way in California. Of course, This all Combines Every kind of Indie and Older Influences, but this Father-Son Duo are Impressing Everyone who comes to their Shows. Since they don’t live Far from the Relatives in Cali, we Wonder if we can get a Few of them to Go to a Show.

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Accent on Tampa Bay Magazine, May 2004

Here’s something different — a father and son playing together in a rock band — and from Moscow no less. Thankfully, their singing accent is not heavy at all, just slightly unusual. Their music is of the electronic new wave genre. The SEVENTH SEASON was first established in 1972 by dad, and restarted again in 1998 with his son. Consisting of just the two members, they added a drummer this year. FALL WITHIN is their new CD. (Independent Records - www.theseventhseason.net).



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EUFONIA.COM, 27 July 2004, by Ciro Velazquez
http://www.eufonia.net/html/the_seventh_season.html

Recibí este material con una tarjeta que indicaba que la banda The Seventh Season era una banda de progresivo/alternativo/root rock.

Revisando, me daba cuenta que eran dos familiares Yuri (padre haciendo música desde 1972 en Rusia) y Konstantin (hijo) Batygin quienes hacían todo en este disco. Todo seguía bien y pensé que por la longitud de las canciones y algunos títulos quizá estaba frente a la línea alternativa de la producción de Seventh Season, pero siempre hay que escuchar antes.

El disco arranca con un "Commando" que bien podría andar en el alternativo, aunque quizá la voz y coros no ayuden mucho, al igual que la mezcla, donde más bien se sentía un trabajo inicial, siguiendo con todo el material, la sensación se hacía cada vez más justificada... voces que a veces se escuchan procesadas, un buen sonido con una mezcla que por alguna razón no termina de enganchar, quizá muy agudo al final.

Pero la música, es decir, la composición es la que finalmente no concuerda necesariamente con lo que esperabas de la tarjeta recibida. Acordes y ejecución que llamaré prematuros, a pesar de la experiencia que pueda tener Yuri, pero que podría ser un intento en la búsqueda de sonidos propios, pero que no sale airoso esta vez.

"Pirate Song" no quita la sensación de lo prematuro, inicial y primer esfuerzo ni por un momento. Y se acerca, a pesar de los acordes y distorsiones, más a un pop o un teen-rock que a un alternativo o progresivo (con todo y el manejo de teclados), y esto más por la sensación que por lo que realmente se escucha.... difícil de explicar.

El disco sigue el esquema a lo largo de todos los tracks, aunque al inicio de "Like Years Ago" se empiezan a vislumbrar teclados iniciales que dan esperanzas para esperar una evolución o madurez que podrían colaborar al sonido que pudiesen estar buscando los Batygin. Igual sucede con la batería inicial y guitarras de "Fall Within" (hasta que aparecen las voces que saturan) y el inicio de "Desire" rescatable para concordar con el timbre de voz.

"New Day" y su sonido más básico, hasta retro (una de las dos canciones, junto con "Magician" que no es en inglés), da un aire de alivio en el disco, más auténtica, menos elaborada y sin más pretensiones. Curiosamente, las canciones que no son cantadas en inglés rescatan más autenticidad -medida entre otras cosas, por lo cargado, superpuesto, sintético y "arreglado" del sonido y el track mismo-.

Incluso "Save My Soul" basada en piano en un principio padece de la sensación que tiene todo el disco, aunque, de nuevo, hay pinceladas de un sonido que podría empezar a desarrollarse.

Sigue "Morning", pieza instrumental de sonido otra vez sintético que no aporta al disco como podría. Finalmente, el disco termina con "Army Of Reality" con el mismo tenor de todo el disco.

Estaremos a la espera de la evolución de The Seventh Season. Por lo pronto, hay mucho trabajo que hacer.

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spunoutcentral.com, 03 November 2004, by Adam Mico
http://www.spunoutcentral.com

Yes, I'm back from an extended siesta (following Election Day, no less). A month or so, I searched for my purpose in a Mojave Desert commune. Disease, drugs and dehydration delivered an altered personal sense. Finally, my testimonial supports anything that provides interest. Honestly, good or bad is irrelevant - the most dreadful can be even more entertaining than the sublime.

If you read their bio, 'why bother' may broach your mind. Yuri Batygin has been with The Seventh Season since 1972. In their original form, they persisted in Moscow (former U.S.S.R.) and then fazed in 1979. In 1998, Yuri opted to re-animate Seventh Season as the only existing original member with his son, Konstantin. In March of 2003 they completed Fall Within.

The Seventh Season consider themselves an experimentally friendly rock band. Fall Within rubs as a midlin late '80's / early '90's alterno-rock album. Outside of 'it's so ugly it's kinda kitschy cute' vocals and some intriguing guitar bridges, the CD sounds programmed and lacks personality. Cuts like "New Day" are so nasal and accented that it deflects as gibberish. When they hit a somber note ("Save My Soul"), they spew with power balladry even inferior to the uningestible Scorpions.

I certainly would not have wasted my time if it were fully intolerable. Plenty of quirky pop surfaces above the written bile. "Commando", "Save My Soul" and "Army of Reality" (ala They Might Be Giants) offer an adapted signature 'signature' that operates as an inaugural point.


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Laura T Lynch of Kweevak.com

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The Seventh Season is a trio, including founder Yuri Batygin who plays bass and sings. His son Konstantin handles guitar, vocals and wrote the majority of songs on the Fall Within CD. Virgil Gheorghiu plays drums. The Seventh Season sound is a unique blend of alternative, metal, new wave and rock. Their self-produced, twelve track album blends classic and modern rock styles in songs enhanced by the use of electronics and some modulated vocals. 'So Insane' features altered vocals, a crazed tempo along with searing guitars and electronic sounds. 'Army Of Reality' is a battle of bold beats, dueling vocals and edgy instrumentation. The Seventh Season shows lots of potential on their debut CD. The trio brings passion and originality to their own brand of rock!