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Seventh Wonder - 2006 Waiting In The Wings

Tommy Karevik - vocals
Johan Liefvendahl - guitars
Andreas Blomqvist - bass
Andreas 'Kyrt' Soderin - keyboards
Johnny Sandin - drums

Well the plaudits keep coming. Lion Music to my way of thinking, have been the form label of 2006. Even better than Frontiers. Great releases from Minds Eye, Venturia, Hauteville and Section A have kept up a high profile. But now comes the creme of the crop.. Swedish outfit Seventh Wonder. The band return in 2006 with what appears to be their fourth effort, following on after their latest release: 2005's 'Become'. That album did not set the world on fire, consequently the band made improvements, including the addition of new singer Tommy Karevik. What a find!! This guy has helped turn this band into a force to be reckoned with.

The Songs
'Star Of David' sets the soundscape amid the imagery of a sandy landscape. The song chops and changes quite a bit for an opening track, but it's all held together by a mass of melody. 'Taint The Sky' for me is one of the songs of the year. Spiky keyboard lines that only a sorry-arsed AOR fan could enjoy - leads us on a winding journey of super melodic prog metal, where all players get a chance to shine, including Karevik. 'Waiting In The Wings' is full of shifting passages. Take a healthy dose of Dream Theater's 'When Dream And Day Unite'; add fifteen years and this is what it sounds like. Despite the dodgy title, 'Banish The Wicked' is not a remnant of some long-lost metal band from the eighties. The song drives hard mostly; beautiful harmony vocals, Malmsteen like guitar solos from Johan Liefvendahl and a short keyboard cameo from Andreas Soderin. Taking a commercial leaf of the sadly misdirected Europe is the melodic glory of 'Not An Angel', wouldn't it be great to see former poodle-meisters back to their former glory days? Perhaps Joey needs to listen to this album to wise up! Seventh Wonder turn up the heat of the flame with 'Devils Inc', a seriously good rocker which has all the sense of drama and intensity within its 7 minute duration. Just when you think things couldn't get better, 'Walking Tall' contains rich vocal choruses and melodic guitars that would put most good AOR bands to shame. I kid you not! The bass playing is pretty amazing too! The finale 'The Edge Of My Blade' is a jekyll/hyde tune. Restrained on the verses but it's turbo-time on the choruses! Again, marvellously melodic, with vocals and keys providing the layering element.

In Summary
On the strength of this album, the band need to go away and spend some time putting together the perfect package, because believe me, they are quite capable of delivering a staggeringly good third album. The only concern I have is that they need to be cohesive as they phase between musical passages, as listeners might lose the plot. Apart from that minor issue, everything else is excellent. Along with Dragonland and Cloudscape, Seventh Wonder have pitched themselves right at the heart of the Swedish progressive metal movement, and it won't take long for these boys to generate a buzz out there in la-la land (a.k.a the Tommy Karevik must be a contender for rookie of the year!! Oh and one other thing, Seventh Wonder and Zeno's 'Runway To The Gods' are currently competing for album cover of the year - in my books. Great stuff.


Track Listing:
01 Star Of David
02 Taint The Sky
03 Waiting In The Wings
04 Banish The Wicked
05 Not An Angel
06 Devil's Inc
07 Walking Tall
08 The Edge Of My Blade


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#1 | Emda on February 18 2013 18:56:59
No comments...unbelievable.
This is the best discovery for me in recent years, unbelievable band, unbelievable songs, unbelievable genius!!
#2 | gdazegod on February 19 2013 04:18:37
That's what I thought when I wrote the article some 7 years ago. Isn't Tommy singing for Kamelot now?
#3 | Emda on February 19 2013 18:15:16
George, I don't have a Kamelot album but it seems Tommy is singing for them BUT he is still with Seventh Wonder too. There's talk of a new Seventh Wonder album I found out....
Waiting In The what a disc, maybe Part 2 of Dream Theater's Images and Words ???
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