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Seventh Wonder


Progressive Metal

4.06 | 213 ratings

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5 stars The almost criminally underrated Seventh Wonder combine an ear for sugar sweet melodies and technical brilliance of Dream Theater, although they rarely go into extensive soloing - few of the so-called Dream Theatar clones do, nor they should if can't top the masters. Anyway, every song here has something going for it, if you are not allergic to musical cheese, but particularly I would note Alley Cat and the 30-minute centerpiece, the namesake. Alley Cat has deliciously dirty bluesy licks, kind of like progressive Aerosmith. The poetic The Great Escape is more like a book-ended suite of shorter songs linked by instrumental passages, but what a flow. The first 15 minutes are arguably the most pleasurable sequence of melodic symphonic power metal I've heard. By the end of the song, it does slows down and appears to lose some of the steam, but no one writes 30 minutes of unsurpassed brilliance anyway. If you want something even more over-the-top than this, check out their Mercy Falls album, which had a bigger budget.
Progrussia | 5/5 |


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