Quicksilver Night Productions
I purchased and downloaded "The Seventh String" from amazon. com and reviewed it as best I could. I hope you appreciate the effort I put into it and the resultant candor ... it contained a lot of complimentary remarks but I'm afraid it was not entirely laudatory.
I tried to share my views in as honest a manner as possible. I truly love your musicianship and I sincerely hope you are satisfied with what I've written there.
Copied and pasted below, here it is:
I just finished listening to the entirety of Vio 7’s album “The Seventh String.”
First, a caveat: I purchased and downloaded the album from amazon. com and, for reasons unknown to me, their automatic downloader rearranged the track order. This destroys any sense of continuity the artist might have attempted through programming his tracks in a specific order.
Uniquely voiced, this music is diverse and catches the ear. It’s exotic enough to get your attention yet accessible.
“Vio Voice” begins with an intense cadenza from Armand. Sounding very guitar-like in attitude and tone yet phrased completely differently in indefinable ways, the piece is a showcase for Armand’s virtuosity.
“Day from Hell” is an aggressively driving piece. The entrance of the full band leaves no doubt this is a solid ensemble and not merely a backdrop for some narcissistic soloist. Instrumental pyrotechnics … and make no mistake, they abound … serve the song and not the other way around.
“Fantasy” is balladic with a great sense of melody. Dramatic and yet somehow restrained, I was especially impressed with the way the instruments stayed out of each other’s way, playing in support of each other rather than competing for the limelight. Lyrical and flowing, I thoroughly enjoyed this compositionally ambitious work.
The violin fairly screams throughout “Enter Vio.” Echoing the sentiments I stated for “Day from Hell,” I must also make some mention of some stellar bass guitar work in “Enter Vio,” both in terms of solo fills and overall rhythmic drive. Everything is solidly anchored in time and yet pushed steadily along by absolutely dead-on drumming. This might well be my favorite track on the album.
Similar in scope to “Fantasy,” a “New Beginning” further showcases the stunning lyricism Armand commands from his instrument.
“Allegro,” to be honest, was a bit of a distraction to me. More experimental than the rest of the album, I personally didn’t really enjoy it. As is the case with all art, the observation is subjective and I recommend you view it in that light.
“Red Clown” rocked pretty hard and contained moments of greatness spread liberally throughout. Containing some techno aspects that weren’t really to my taste, I must still applaud the band’s singular approach to a masterful blending of styles.
“Love Forever” features some very nice vocal work but I can find no mention of the young lady in question in any of the album information included as part of the download. Armand’s violin is conspicuously absent until the solo section.
I was a little mystified that the album includes “Little Drummer Boy” and “The Star Spangled Banner.” “Little Drummer Boy” seemed competent but entirely out of place. Featuring the same vocalist as “Love Forever” (at least I assume so) and the usual great solo work from Armand and I can’t fault the song itself. I would suggest releasing it inclusion as part of a Christmas Album, perhaps as part of a compilation. I saw inclusion of the “Start Spangled Banner” as wholly unremarkable, not bad but not really necessary.
So, in summation, I very definitely recommend Vio 7 as a band to be reckoned with and I do not in the slightest regret my purchase of their mp3 album “The Seventh String”. I would suggest however that you purchase the tracks separately using my comments above as a general guideline to tailor things to your taste. This is a great band composed of great musicians and there’s some wonderful music to be found here. Support these guys … purchase and download “Enter Vio,” “Day from Hell,” and “Fantasy” at least … because you will definitely want to hear more from them. Their next album offering is bound to be absolutely stunning. I look forward to it.
Hoping your okay with it,
- Chip QNP
First off, the review by INF...is very well done, and he put a lot of time and detail into it...for more info, see his. This album is very diverse, and contains some big Rockin monements. First off, there are no guitars, there is an electric violin. For the most part, this album is very melodic, and can remind you of such acts like Satriani...and in other monements, it reminds me of Enya. This album is not for those with "tunel vision" when it comes to music, but if you like Metal, Classical, and Celtic themes, you'll like this.
The Seventh String
I purchased this CD last week, and can't get enought of this Incredible Band "Vio7", Armand replaces lead guitar with a Killer Electric 7 string Violin, Hearing Armand play an Electric Violin in place of an electric guitar is just incredible, If you love Rock/Heavy Metal, this awesome twist will not disapoint, it will totally Blow Your Mind !!! It's one of my favorate CD's, and what an incredible Talent Armand has playing the Electric Violin, just amazing, .and they do stand out from the "so called norm" Rock Band's, because of the Electric Violin, and WOW, What an awesome Surprise !!!! Can't wait till "Vio7" come's out with another CD !!!! Those Guy's Totally ROCK !!