Using the word "gay" is not something I very frequently advocate due to its many degrees of slanderous nonsense, but Seven Tears' In Every Frozen Tear can only be described with that word and that word only. Seven Tears is a progressive metal faction from Sweden that enjoys whoring itself to whatever pop influences come in sight, but somehow, they do it pretty well, even when looking like a talent-less AOR squad. My eyes have not summoned a single tear since this effeminate offering became actively rotated during listening cycles, yet there have been instances when I can only raise an eyebrow and question the sexual orientation of Seven Tears' awkward approach towards progressive metal---I guess it is just one of those records.
Being a progressive metal band, Seven Tears enjoys acting unconventionally abstract by constantly focusing on atmospheric keyboards, snappy riffs, parching solos, and a singer that flies straight to Olympus. That stuff is cool, but here's a little kicker to analyze: it is poppy as f*ck. Choruses repeat on endless revolutions while Zoran Djorem whines like a child deprived of candy, but it only starts getting gayer from then on, as there can be no denying the utter easiness musically speaking or those mega-cheesy backing vocals. When hearing each song glorify these easy pegs infinitely, you just can't picture a real tangy effort. More or less, it's f*cking gay.
But Seven Tears' radio-friendly philosophy is not truly damaging or destructive after viewing it entirely; it is just something that grows on you after accepting their traditional memes. Because the modernization is overt, expecting loads of catchy choruses, hooky patterns, melodramatic keyboards, predictable alterations, poppy atmospheres, and simple instrumentation arranged around the lead vocals should certainly be considered, as that's basically how the album works. Saying so almost leaves an impression of negativity upon Seven Tears; however, I'm compelled to point out this certainly doesn't occur. Instead, these Swedes can manipulate around disaster, using powerful synthesizers, tasty solos, or poignant attempts at percussion filling to keep such simplicity interesting. Crisis averted, bitches!
Overall, In Every Frozen Tear is fundamentally fruity at its core, yet Seven Tears gives their brand of mainstream metal a decent name to live by. Of course, this debut has its occasional and semi-frequent flaws, but I cannot find a single moment that completely pisses on their effort wholly, mainly because they just keep an easy plan at bay without diverting too dramatically into the realms of retardation. Fruitiness, however, is panned out like STDs at a whorehouse, and how that's analyzed depends solely on your musical tastes: Seven Tears will be one of your favorites if you can accept it, but they will be on the annoying side otherwise. Give it some thought and previewing before purchasing.