The creation of a truly great concept album is something few bands can achieve. It requires a belief and passion to tell a story through the universal language of music and take the listener on a roller-coaster ride as they live the story along with the music.
So when Blue Gillespie set out to create their 2nd studio album as a concept album they were taking on a challenge that has beaten some of the best bands in the world.
VII R.O.M. Album Cover
The Welsh Progressive Metal four piece, known for their loud, unapologetic and downright real sound have been together since 2007 and have 2 EPs and 1 studio album. Their 2nd studio album, VII R.O.M. (Seven Rages Of Man) is due for release in just a few days.
With Seven Rages, Blue Gillespie have created a concept album in its more pure form. Inspired by Shakespeare’s “Seven Ages Of Man” speech, the album is a dark twisted journey through the many shades of human rage. Structured on a theatre style format, the album begins with a prologue, journeys through seven Acts and ends with a crowd raising epilogue.
~ Blue Gillespie
But words don’t do this album justice. You need to listen to it to truly understood it. You need to allow yourself to fall into the story and bathe in the river of rage to truly appreciate the creative genius behind the music.
Gareth David-Lloyd (Ianto Jones from Torchwood / Dr Who) leads the musical story through his wide vocal range full of emotion. From primal screams to gut wrenching sadness, Gareth’s voice transports you to the heart of the journey in much the same way that Roger Waters and David Gilmour did on Pink Floyd’s “The Wall”.
The instrumentals and music on Seven Rages are absolutely incredible and don’t just compliment the vocals, but help bring them to life. From the fast paced aggression on the Mewling to the slower rhythmic beats of Messianic the music becomes a character of its own. Anthony Clark (Guitar), Rhys Bryant (Bass) and Nick Harrison (Drums) create a formidable, awe inspiring and at times, downright scary sound that simply take this album to a whole new level.
Seven Rages Introduction by Gareth David-Lloyd
Some babies are born peacefully oblivious and silent. Some are born crying in discomfort at being suddenly dislodged from their fleshy chrysalis.
Our baby is born backwards.
Twisted and bruised, before even seeing the light of day he is wrenched from his mother’s cooling remains with sharp instruments and dirty hands.
His first feelings are those of confusion and frustration at the violation and relentless mauling that helps prise him into existence.
These feelings grow into something far worse as he is spat forth into the world.
He has done this before.
He already senses that this uncomfortable jolt to life is just the beginning and certainly not the worst of a life steeped in wrath.
~ Gareth David-Lloyd