"Liquid Water" (Independent Records; 2007)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Seventh Season would probably be labeled progressive rock. Their CD, "Liquid Water," features a dozen varied tracks, recorded over a long period of time.

Musically, Seventh Season sounds a little like bands such as Midnight Oil and Split Enz, only with a harder edge. The songs are all entertaining enough but are given an extra kick by vocalist Konstatin Batygin. Batygin's voice often has a rough edge that gives the music an attitude it might not have otherwise had. The musicianship is strong throughout and it probably should be: the band reportedly began in Russia in 1972, called it quits in 1979, and then re-formed in 1998, this time with bassist Yuri Batygin's son, Konstantin, on guitar and vocals.

Although there are a few songs that creep into hard rock / heavy metal territory, most of "Liquid Water" is closer to classic rock. Still, fans of progressive rock may want to give this band a listen.

Seventh Season: Guitar/Vocals: Konstantin Batygin; Bass/Vocals: Yuri Batygin; Drums: Sergei Smet.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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