Seventh Wonder was formed in 2000 by bass player Andreas Blomqvist, guitarist Johan Liefvendahl and drummer Johnny Sandin after their previous band fell apart. It deals with the tragedy of a spaceship which, originally bound for Mars with a cargo of surviving colonists from a ravaged and destroyed Earth, is ejected from the solar system and becomes entangled in an existential struggle. . He should not do that! Overall, this is a highly recommended album with full 4. In the spring of 2011, Stefan Norgren ex: Lion´s Share joined and the band was complete again. It's a combination that works very well, and the slightly jazzier playing is a nice break from the mechanical riffs that dominate most of the rest of the album.
It is the only album by the band to feature a track longer than 10 minutes. And at 4:32, Im not complaining. The amount of background vocals you guys did for the album and particurally the title track is unbelievable. It's not until about the 17 minute mark that the energy dies down again, and the third section of the track begins with an incredible acoustic guitar and piano part that meshes perfectly with the dramatic vocals it accompanies. There are definitely still touches of the power metal sound on The Great Escape, but make no mistake: this is a prog album through and through. They are not perfect but they are damn good. Seventh Wonder must stay alive , and so Kamelot! The vocal of Tommy Karevik is best i've heard.
Clearly, though, Seventh Wonder was not content to go halfway. Currently, the band are working on their fifth album, which is planned to be released in early 2017. In fact, I'd like the vocalist sings the way he sings in Seventh Wonder and not emulating like Roy Khan when he is the lead vox for Kamelot. The first track 'Wiseman' doubles loosely as a prequel to the events of 'The Great Escape'. Move on Through 5:04 7.
I'm astounded every time I listen through this album because every song sounds like it should be the highlight, and on any other album it probably would be. My hat goes to the bassman who doubles the solos with the guitar a la John Myung. These guys are a jewel in the crown of Progressive Metal and it is truly a shame that they are also one of Prog Rock's and Metal's best kept secrets. It's taking a lot of listens just to fully digest those with the lead vocals. Possibly it comes down to them matching the prog metal playbook a little too perfectly, to the point where it feels a little to much like they are pandering to the community's expectations rather than throwing any curveballs our way.
Extremely strong finish and very creative. The musicianship itself is top-notch at every level, especially with how the keyboards enhance the melodic flow of each and every song. Interestingly, the song shakes up the formula a bit by pairing these hooks with chugging riffs rather than cinematic sweeps, and this change-up works quite well and makes the symphonic synth sections all the more effective when they finally do appear. Anytime I see a rock or metal grand opus that's about over 18 minutes I begin to salivate at the mouth. When this is augmented with synths and crashing, distorted guitars the track begins to remind one of Symphony X, a similarity that remains as the vocals enter.
These guys are technically astounding while being stunningly beautiful at the same time. Not my favorite but could be a month from now - 4. And at 8 minutes there is so much variety it's hard not to love this song. His words help me formulate how I feel abouth the music of Seventh Wonder whom I knew because of Kamelot latest album. Either way, the music of Seventh Wonder has majestic quality that is missing from a lot the more progressive metal out there these days and in singer Tommy Karevik they front one of the greatest talents with the genre to date. However, it appears that this album represents another step in an even proggier direction than on their previous effort, Mercy Falls.
The composition of songs and the musicianship is outstanding. There is this one part towards the end of the song when he belts out the lyrics in a way that I had no idea he could. The songwriting has improved from the already excellent Mercy Falls, a fact which is most clearly demonstrated on the 30 yes, 30 minute closing track. Early 2010 the band started the recording of their latest album, 'The Great Escape'. Seventh Wonder, needless to say, have proven me wrong! Move on Through 5:04 7. In fact, I am afraid the lead vocal Tommy Karevik would quit from Seventh Wonder. The title track 'The Great Escape' is an epic song based on the poems '' by Swedish Nobel laureate Harry Martinson.
This is quite unique actually. After that, I decided to look into them, and buy their entire discography. The guitar work is extremely well done, from the perfect mood setting warm tones of the acoustic guitar - out of this world literally - to the crunchy rhythm sections and super soft and emotional solos and that were expertly planned out. Great news came in May of 2016, when the band was signed for a multi album deal by 'Frontiers Music Srl'! The bass is hard and full - It helps support the piece and there is even a few cool solo sections. At about the 20 minute point the female vocals return, serving again in a very understated role but providing a perfect, subtle foil to the more bombastic, heavier main part of the track.