Seven Kingdoms’ full-length, The Fire is Mine, shakes up the power metal template with refreshing female vocals; the Floridian outfit has secured empowering, glorious tunes on The Fire is Mine.
Following an ominous introduction of cawing crows, the record begins to bulge with triumph. “After the Fall” is a whirlwind of speed and intensity, offering its spirit to the upcoming tracks. “Symphony of Stars” shifts by slowing down, while “The Fire is Mine” declares a return to grandness.
In its latter half, the album changes a tad. An acoustic number, “Kardia,” features vocals from Theocracy‘s Matt Smith; the final number, “The King in the North” has multiple moods—the pomp of power metal being the foundation.
The Fire is Mine is a sphere of energy. What gives it an added edge is Sabrina Valentine’s outstanding vocal performance, meeting the impressive guitar-playing of Camden Cruz and Kevin Byrd. With a strong hook and graciously composed melodies, “After the Fall” is the clear standout tune on the album; after that, the songs lose their ability to hold attention. Nonetheless, Seven Kingdoms is one with which to keep up, and The Fire is Mine deserves a spot in the collection of power metal fanatics and metal-lovers, alike.