|Review: Seventh Wonder - The Great Escape|
|The Great Escape|
Label: Lion Music
Year released: 2010
Genre: Progressive Metal
Review online: December 16, 2010
Reviewed by: Hermer Arroyo
for:The Great Escape
There has been so much talk, hype and discussion about this album that I had no choice but to review this damn thing. I've heard of Seventh Wonder but never thoroughly listen any of their works, in fact this is my first true exposure to this band, not really knowing what to expect. The Great Escape is in fact Progressive Metal; therefore, I have to listen to it a bunch of times before I had a clear-cut opinion about this.
First, the good: Tommy Kaverik has a good, clean voice and knows how to carry a tune. He has enough character to give the songs an identity and combined with his vocal lines (and high notes) it makes it a highlight of this album. The rest of the band shines as well, a requirement for this genre; each of them is obviously proficient at their perspective instruments so I will not waste too much time discussing their musicianship. The album also has high production values, I could distinguish every single note, the guitar tone is just right and the whole band is given proper room to shine.
Then there is the songwriting aspect of it. Sometimes I found it to be a flat out mess. Seventh Wonder can produce some amazing songs like the one-two punch "Wiseman" and "Alley Cat". On the other hand, the band can be as unfocused, shapeless and misguided as Dream Theater. If you don't believe me, just listen to the 30 minute monstrosity of a title track. I don't have a problem with bands that try to make these types of songs, but they better be amazing and this is not one of those. I felt like the band made three or four songs and meshed them together to find out what will happen.
Being over an hour long, it takes time to enjoy the album. The Great Escape is an album that prog fans will fall in love with but at the same time people that despise the genre will hate it. I happen to tolerate the genre and while I wonMt be the biggest supporter of Progressive Metal or like it at first, I can appreciate the quality here. Clearly, this is not album-of-the-year material but it is safe to assume that anyone who likes this band will certainly like this. If you can forego the songwriting limitations and drastic changes then this is a good purchase.
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