|Review: Seventh Wonder - Waiting In The Wings|
|Waiting In The Wings|
Label: Lion Music
Year released: 2006
Genre: Progressive Metal
Review online: January 21, 2009
Reviewed by: PowerMetal59
for:Waiting In The Wings
Anyone who read my review for Seventh Wonder's newest release Mercy Falls understands that I am a huge fan of this talented swedish Progressive Metal powerhouse. Now we harken back to 2006. Waiting In The Wings was the band's first release with talented new vocalist Tommy Karevik. I swear this guys voice is so awesome it gives you goose bumps. Excuse me for being so bold, but I would put him on par with the best that metal has to offer. For whatever reason the band has remained a virtually unknown figure in North America, which is a damn shame because Seventh Wonder is as good or maybe better than any of the more popular acts of the modern day metal landscape, beginning with the extraordinary talent of vocalist Tommy Karevik - have I already mentionned this guy is good!. Musically, they have created a sound all their own, sure there are comparisons to Circus Maximus, and of course Dream Theater, however, in my mind the most tangible comparison to Dream Theater would be in the songwriting category, which displays a level of maturity equal to their contemporaries.
Yes, this is most certainly Progressive Metal, but the heaviness remains consistent throughout the disc. Guitarist Johan Liefvendahl delivers bone-crunching riffs, accompanied by some memorable solos. The keyboards, compliments of Andreas Soderin are blended perfectly into the mix, never diverting your attention from the music, the bass lines of the bands founding father Andreas Blomqvist are jaw-dropping - check out the bass solo in "Taint The Sky". In fact Blomqvist's bass is a featured instrument, and in that regard invokes comparisons with legendary heavy metallers Iron Maiden. Drummer Johnny Sandin consistently pounds out powerful, complex beats. Besides being heavy, the songs are incredibly well written, chock-full of melody with sweeping, beautiful choruses. To select a favorite track is a complete waste of time, because every song is a highlight, in fact the quality of the songs is so great I am confident that if you sat a dozen listeners in a room while playing this album each one would differ in their opinion in terms of a personal favorite.
This is an album that delivers a very diverse musical soundscape, one moment heavy, the next progressive with flawlessly executed time changes, then shifting to being beautifully melodic. For anyone who is the least bit into Progressive Metal, Power Metal, or for that matter Traditional Heavy Metal, this is an essential purchase. Each member of this band is supremely talent-laden, and play with an extraordinary skill level that has earned them a rightful place alongside their more popular peers. I know I risk sounding over the top in extolling their virtues, but it is frustrating as hell when bands who deserve recognition don't get it, while sell outs and posers prosper.
As was the case with their latest creation Mercy Falls, Waiting In The Wings warrants not only a perfect score, it is a cut above!
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