|Seventh Wonder - Become
22 June 2005
01. Day By Day
02. Like Him
03. The Damned
04. Temple In The Storm
05. Blinding My Eyes
06. The Secret
07. What I've Become
08. In The Blink Of An Eye
Seventh Wonder might sound like just another addition to the Power Metal scene for you, but don't let yourself be fooled. Seventh Wonder doesn't have much in common with the already mentioned genre since their music is pure and great Progressive Metal without any Power Metal influences added.
Hailing from the capital (Stockholm) of my own country, Sweden, Seventh Wonder now releases their first full-length album, with the well-known Finnish progressive label Lion Music behind them.
But even so, Seventh Wonder has been around since the beginning of the millennium, and even before as the band Mankind.
And with two demos in 2001 and 2003, their first full-length is now seeing daylight. It's also the very first release for their new singer, Tommy Karevik, a man with a voice not of this world.
Normally I'm no huge fan of Progressive Metal that doesn't date Power Metal, but in rare cases even I can't resist this genre, and Seventh Wonder is such case.
This album, that's embraced by a beautiful cover of Metal Storm's own designer Monowasp, has really touched a slumbering Progressive dragon in the bottom of myself.
It's mainly the very clean and touching voice of Andi Kravljaca that's leaving the deepest scars after a listening, but together with the whole arrangement, production and talent of all the musicians, this is a total listening experience, that might be enjoyed by others than just die hard progressive fans.
The album starts with "Day by Day", a track that gives the album a high standard already from the first tone. It's a good starter, you'll hear already after the first time you hear this song it this album will be something for you or not.
But for me, it's the following "Like Him" that's the album's absolutely best part, the melodies, all the guitars, twists and turns and over all the lyrics here is stunning.
When Tommy ends the lyric piece screaming out "I won't be like him", I truly hears that this man can strike big in the Progressive society.
This whole song is truly a perfect example of a true masterpiece.
Without sounding to overwhelmed over the album I must say that this album really surprised me in many parts. Because as I knew about Seventh Wonder before receiving the album was that they came from Sweden and played Progressive Metal, and that's not saying much and my expectations wasn't really that high and I actually expected just another album among many others.
But what I got was a great Progressive album that's surely taken a place among my all time Progressive Metal favourites. I sincerely hope this band will reach out to as many as possible, they absolutely has the talent, their music is mature, the singer is something very special and even if the music isn't that original, they surely knows how to play it.
Give this album a chance; I'm very sure you won't be regretting it afterwards.
A new star has risen on the sky, its name; Seventh Wonder.
Check Out: "Like Him" over all, but also "Blinding My Eyes" and "What I've Become", but don't forget the rest.