Title: The Stories We TellLabel: Lions Pride Music
Stories We Tell is the new album from 7HY (Seven Hard
Years), a band formed by former Shy drummer Alan Kelly
(guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, backing vocals), along with
Shawn Pelata (lead and backing vocals) and follows their
2014 opus ‘No Place In Heaven’.
warned 7HY is no SHY clone, this is Kelly finding his own
sound taking up where their 2014 album ‘No Place In
Heaven’ left off. With Pelata at his vocal best he and
Kelly, along with guest musicians have put together a quite
outstanding album. From the opener ‘I’ll Survive’, the
alchemy between Kelly’s musicianship and Pelata’s vocals
is there for all to hear. This great opening rocker really
takes the listener by the throat and shakes their very
foundations. A great opening barrage that sets the bar
the rest of the album.
album continues with ‘Break The Spell’, another great big
slab of groove filled Hard Rock. The tempo is brought down a
notch or two with the wonderful melody rich rocker
‘Don’t Believe A Word’ and that same rich melodic vibe
continues with the wonderful ‘One More Day’.
big guitar lick opens the epic feeling ‘Only Human’,
before those wonderful pipes of Pelata take things to a
whole new level. There is a underlying edginess to this one
that makes you want to come back to this one time and time
impressive second release continues with ‘Church’, the
heaviest track of the album so far, as it airs toward the
more Melodic Metal side of things, which isn’t a bad thing.
The switch in styles makes for a more complex album and
shows the diversity of the songwriting and musicianship the
pair bring to the album.
back to the big grooved Hard Rock with the excellent ‘Into
You’. This one has real attitude about it. A real ballsy
rocker with a modern edge, before returning back to the
melodic side of things with the more traditional sounding
‘Broken Man’, then it's all change once more with the
modern rocker ‘Driving Me Crazy’.
hard rocking comes back with a bang with the excellent
‘I’ve Been Waiting’, a massive bass line and powerful
drum beat drives this one. The big bass and hard hitting
drums are joined by a big riffing guitar for 80’s fuelled
Its back to the more Melodic Rock side of things with ‘Wasn’t Always Like This’, before the album closes with a bonus version of ‘Driving Me Crazy’. This time Pelata duets with Robyn Kelly on this one. This semi-acoustic version is just wonderful and wraps up what is a great and quite surprising release and one that is certainly worth checking out when it's released. Let's hope album number two launches 7HY, with Kelly and Pelata continuing in the same vein for album number three, so the story carries on.
Review by: Barry McMinn
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