Seventh Day Slumber has been around for nearly a decade playing a throwback version of
grunge rock with lyrics drenched in hope in the darkness. In late 2004, they signed with BEC
Recordings, and their fourth album, Once Upon a Shattered Life is ready for release.
Does it pick up where Picking Up the Pieces left off?
Once upon a Shattered is a much more pop/rock oriented venture than previous Seventh
Day Slumber. It is somewhat reminiscent of Jeremy Camp, yet very much like John Elephante from
years ago. For the most part, they keep to a more melodic pop/rock sound, but occasionally up the
ante and bring heavy guitar licks into the mix.
Lyrically is where Seventh Day Slumber has experienced the littlest change. But anyone
familiar with the band knows that this is no imperfection. Seventh Day has always been known for
their "in your face" lyrics about lifeís tougher subjects. Pain, suicide, and suffering have all
been covered in extreme detail many times over. But hope is not just presented, it is practically
preached. This overshadowing theme has not been forgotten on Once Upon a Shattered Life.
Definitely different than previous efforts, but still an excellent piece of work. Seventh Day
Slumber continues to stand out not exactly for their musical talents (though thatís a part of it),
but for the overall quality of the band. Passionate lyrics keep this one flowing and the music
is a perfect compliment. Itís hard not to like Once Upon a Shattered Life.
- Review date: 1/30/05, written by Josh Taylor