After being the timekeeper of Portugal’s most important metal band, Moonspell, for nearly thirty years, Mike Gaspar has finally settled on a new outlet with which to celebrate his love for heavy metal, his cultural heritage, and his passion for untamed, feral music with roots reaching deep into the fabric of our world. Now, barely a year after announcing their inception, Seventh Storm will unleash their debut album, Maledictus, on August 12, via Atomic Fire Records.
Right in time for Portugal’s National Day, Seventh Storm enter new shores and will drag you right into their raging sea of gothic metal, melancholic hard rock and thunderous riffs. Today the band unveils their first single and otherworldly beautiful song, “Saudade”. Music videos for the English and Portuguese versions of the song can be found below.
Recorded at Dynamix Studios in Lisbon in May and October 2021, with mixing duties handled by icon Tue Madsen, Seventh Storm completed their debut within a year after Gaspar’s departure from Moonspell – a demonstration of sheer willpower. He remembers, “On the 25th of April, 2021 I announced my new band – the day the Portuguese dictatorship ended back in 1974. We felt it would be a strong message to announce the band on that date.”
For Gaspar and his band of buccaneers alike, Maledictus is a new beginning. “It’s our grand stand,” he says. “This is us showing that not all is lost. That our past was not in vain. We are here to stay!”
Maledictus is now available for pre-order and available as digipak, clear and blue-white-marbled vinyl, stream/download and exclusive merch bundles.
“Saudade” (English Version)
“Gods Of Babylon”
“Saudade” (Acoustic English Version)
“Saudade” (Acoustic Portuguese Version)
“Saudade” (Portuguese Version)
“Saudade” (English Version) video:
“Saudade” (Portuguese Version) video:
Mike Gaspar – drums
Rez – vocals
Ben Stockwell – lead guitar
Josh Riot – guitar
Butch Cid – bass guitar
(Photo – Diego Branco)