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SEVENTH WONDER rose from the ashes of the band MANKIND when guitarist Johan Liefvendahl,drummer Johnny Sandin and bassist Andreas Blomqvist decided to leave the band.With no name and no original material of their own,they decided to form a band of their own.After jamming together,writing and rehearsing they realized their music had shifted towards a heavier and more progressive style.

A search for a keyboard player began and in 2000 they found keyboardist Andreas Söderin,who added a new dimension to their sound.Calling themselves SEVENTH WONDER,they made a serious effort to record and bring their music to a larger audience.

SEVENTH WONDER entered the studio in 2001 to record their first demo.Without a singer,the band opted to hire one in the form of Roman Karpovich.This demo was well received and they started to play some important live shows,but the lack of a permanent vocalist was hurting the band.

After an exhaustive search for a vocalist,SEVENTH WONDER finally found and recruited Andi Kravljaca (HEAVE).They then wrote some new material and recorded their last demo,"Temple in the Storm",which was again very well received and garnered glowing reviews.On the strength of this demo SEVENTH WONDER landed a record deal with Lion Music and set about recording their full-length debut.

SEVENTH WONDER'S debut album "Become" was released in 2005.The elation the band felt was short lived,because of personality conflicts,vocalist Andi Kravljaca was ejected from the band and SEVENTH WONDER again found themselves without a vocalist.

Andreas Söderin recommended Tommy Karevik (VINDICTIV),whom he had worked with on a previous project in the past.Karevik auditioned and stunned the band with his performance and SEVENTH WONDER had found their new vocalist.

SEVENTH WONDER released their sophomore album "Waiting in the Wings",which is heavier and more complex than their debut,and their first with Karevik,in 2006.

SEVENTH WONDER play intricate,heavy yet melodic progressive metal in the same vein as TWINSPIRITS and XYSTUS and are highly recommended to all progressive metal fans.



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Discography:
Become, studio album (2005)
Waiting in the Wings, studio album (2006)
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2.97 | 41 ratings
Become
2005
3.94 | 89 ratings
Waiting in the Wings
2006
4.17 | 157 ratings
Mercy Falls
2008
4.07 | 224 ratings
The Great Escape
2010

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 Mercy Falls by SEVENTH WONDER album cover Studio Album, 2008
4.17 | 157 ratings

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Mercy Falls
Seventh Wonder Progressive Metal

Review by Warthur
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4 stars What is it about progressive metal concept albums about people in comas? Queensryche kicked the trend off with Operation: Mindcrime, Ayreon did it with The Human Equation, and the same plot device shows up in Seventh Wonder's Mercy Falls. In fact, the overall premise is very similar to The Human Equation's, since both involve a protagonist who following a car crash has to undergo a range of intense reflections on their interior troubles and their relations with others, though I have to give Mercy Falls the edge with its plot; the personal revelations involved about the protagonist's family life mean there's something substantial to actually discover beyond psychological platitudes, whilst the motif of the town of Mercy Falls helps aesthetically tie things together. On top of that, Seventh Wonder set this all off against a great musical backing, reminiscent of a more tasteful Dream Theater, which really rounds out the package.
 The Great Escape by SEVENTH WONDER album cover Studio Album, 2010
4.07 | 224 ratings

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The Great Escape
Seventh Wonder Progressive Metal

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Seventh Wonder do the prog metal thing with plenty of Dream Theatre in the foundations and the cheese dial turned up to 11, and The Great Escape is no exception. They pretty much tick all the boxes on the checklist when it comes to pandering to prog fans, right down to including a half-hour track in the form of The Great Escape itself. It's all sunshine and smiles with these upbeat compositions, but it feels hollow and emotionally unengaging to me. Possibly it comes down to them matching the prog metal playbook a little too perfectly, to the point where it feels a little to much like they are pandering to the community's expectations rather than throwing any curveballs our way.
 Waiting in the Wings by SEVENTH WONDER album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.94 | 89 ratings

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Waiting in the Wings
Seventh Wonder Progressive Metal

Review by Progrussia

4 stars Sure, Seventh Wonder are full of musical cheese, but it is delivered with such conviction and technical prowess, its infectious to any rock fan who is not a gloomy person. Their second album overall and first with top-notch singer Tommy Karevik, starts a triade of excellent albums. Out of the three, this is probably the slowest and less bombastic, in relative terms. There's a 80s romantic feel to it. In fact, Seventh Wonder are influenced as much by Dream Theater as Swedish famous 80s rock exports, Europe, and, in more technical terms, Yngwie Malmsteem for the guitar heroics and Talisman (actually 80s revivalists from the 90s) for the bass heroics. Waiting in the Wings features complex counterpoints, melodic guitar solos, bass solos, some shredding, pianos, more mainstream rock relationships songs, bittersweet ballads and, of course, excellent singing.
 The Great Escape by SEVENTH WONDER album cover Studio Album, 2010
4.07 | 224 ratings

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The Great Escape
Seventh Wonder Progressive Metal

Review by Gatot
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4 stars "The almost criminally underrated Seventh Wonder ..."

The above quote by Progrussia at the main page of this site today really struck my head and makes me realize that I have not said anything at all about this band even though this The Great Escape album has been in my regular playlist. Yes, in a way I agree with his statement irrespective it's criminal or not .... The fact is that this band is really underrated. He then also wrote: " ...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.". Yup! His words help me formulate how I feel abouth the music of Seventh Wonder whom I knew because of Kamelot latest album. I have to admit that this band has a technical mastery: composition-wise as well as performance-wise with his counterparts like Kamelot, Dream Theater and Symphony X.

I would have never known the band until someone, my metalhead friend, told me that the new vocalist of my favourite band Kamelot has a band named as Seventh Wonder. I was so curious about it and expecting Seventh Wonder plays similar music like Kamelot. When I finally got this album .. oh no they are different than Kamelot musically but they are as excellent as Kamelot! In fact, I'd like the vocalist sings the way he sings in Seventh Wonder and not emulating like Roy Khan when he is the lead vox for Kamelot. In fact, I am afraid the lead vocal Tommy Karevik would quit from Seventh Wonder ...oh no ... He should not do that! Seventh Wonder must stay alive , and so Kamelot!

Looking at the music, the opening track Wiseman (5:42) sounds to me like a song that goes directly to chorus when the vocal line enters the music. This is quite unique actually. It moves like a straight forward power metal music with typically nice melody. Almost the same style happens at the next track Alley Cat (6:06). The Angelmaker (8:29) is more complex than the previous two tracks especially it has excellent guitar as well as keyboard solo. I must agree that actually Seventh Wonder tends not to demonstrate long solo so that the music sounds packed with combination of sounds from all instruments. There are some heavy riffs but not as frequent as Dream Theater. Right after the ballad Long Way home (4:26) the music moves up to much more energetic Move on Through (5:04) with its powerful combination of vocal harmony (plus nice melody - of course) and excellent riffs and drumming. The keyboard plays very well at the back. Ilove the bass playing at this track. This track is positioned right before the last epic which is I believe was carefully planned by the band as musical peak to conclude the album.

The Great Escape is of course an epic with its 30:14 duration. I can assure you that the duration that is considered long by some people is not that long actually because the band has successfully crafted the composition in such a way that makes us, the listeners, stunned all the way from start to end. When it starts with acoustic guitar, it reminds me to Genesis' Horison right before Supper's Ready. But this one has vocal line on top of acoustic guitar. I really enjoy the opening part with only acoustic guitar and vocal. Tommy's voice is excellent! When the keyboard enters with some classical music, it starts to make my adrenalin rolls faster. It;s really a very nice transition piece - I imagine myself watching a movie with giant screen. It flows with guitar work and the music flows in medium tempo while the riffs work its way. Well I have to admit that Andreas Blomqvist (bass), Johan Liefvendahl (guitar) and Andreas "Kyrt" Söderin (keyboard) work their best to create wonderful music here until the vocal enters. The rest is a demonstration of power metal music with excellent keyboards as well as guitar throughout all musical segments. I enjoy the staccato riffs they insert in some segments that make the epic sounds really excellent!

Overall, this is a highly recommended album with full 4.5 stars upgradeable to five stars. Keep on proggin' ...!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

 The Great Escape by SEVENTH WONDER album cover Studio Album, 2010
4.07 | 224 ratings

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The Great Escape
Seventh Wonder Progressive Metal

Review by Progrussia

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.
 Mercy Falls by SEVENTH WONDER album cover Studio Album, 2008
4.17 | 157 ratings

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Mercy Falls
Seventh Wonder Progressive Metal

Review by amiltonjr1986

5 stars It's hard to be impartial concerning music. As a psychologist, I know we attribute sentimental values in our opinions, waiting for others to agree with our points-of-view. So what I can say about this band, this album in special, is they touch me deeply in my soul/heart. I'd found here the perfect combination of guitar and keyboard melodies, with the smashing vocals of Tommy, one of the most powerful voices I ever heard in metal, and this I recomend for every metal fan, you must hear him in Seventh Wonder and Kamelot's new too. Mercy falls is one of my preferred albuns, side-by-side with Dream Theater's Scenes from a Memory, pretending to respect and repeat some melodies that returns and repeats in several tracks. This is one of the most captivating styles on progmetal, the conceitual albuns, and the stories it tells.
 Mercy Falls by SEVENTH WONDER album cover Studio Album, 2008
4.17 | 157 ratings

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Mercy Falls
Seventh Wonder Progressive Metal

Review by Progrussia

5 stars Dream Theater and Seventh Wonder were my favorite prog metal discoveries. SW maybe even more, because with DT I knew what to expect, but this Swedish band (is half the population of this country musicians?!) exceeded all my expectations.

The style is melodic power prog metal. All familiar ingredients to be sure, but this is by far the best band in this genre. Just overloaded with great melodies, this particular album is. Just disregard the interludes and voice samples. They serve to drive the story, of course, but the story is not that interesting and anyway difficult to follow.

Getting back to the pluses. Virtuoso instrumentalists, with guitar it is common, but bass here is truly outstanding. And even better vocals - powerful and bright, more pop than metal. The singer later replaced Roy Khan in Kamelot, but his talents are wasted there... But, with all the great music, horrible, horrible lyrics. They are better in the previous and following albums, but here... Argh.

If I were forced to look for drawbacks, I could mention that for such loud and bombastic music such album length is too much. It's difficult really to listen it from beginning to the end. But it's like saying there is too much of a good thing. So, a 4,5 rating would be in order. that means we have to round up. Well I like the band so much, and I want them to succeed - which unfortunately, they can't despite all the good praise they get - so 5.

 Become by SEVENTH WONDER album cover Studio Album, 2005
2.97 | 41 ratings

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Become
Seventh Wonder Progressive Metal

Review by SevDawg

3 stars This album is just average for me. It's definitely a more power emphasized progressive album than its successors, which I have no problem with because I'm a power metal fan, it's just not quite as good.

The vocals are okay, they are less than stellar for me. Unfortunately a lot of the time it seems the vocals are there for the sake of being there. Guitar/keyboard work is fine, there's definitely a large improvement in later albums. Bass is audible most of the time which is great in progressive/power metal, that's one thing I really like about this album and SEVENTH WONDER in general.

The overall sound quality of the album seems subpar, especially when you compare it to "Waiting in the Wings". It's okay given it's their first album, though it does take away from the experience.

A few tracks I enjoy from this album are "Temple in the Storm" and "What I've Become". Everything else is just average power metal.

 Waiting in the Wings by SEVENTH WONDER album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.94 | 89 ratings

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Waiting in the Wings
Seventh Wonder Progressive Metal

Review by SevDawg

4 stars SEVENTH WONDERS's "Waiting in the Wings" is their second studio album that really defined their sound. From their 2005 release "Become", which was definitely more power than progressive metal, they have developed a more modernized progressive metal sound.

"Waiting in the Wings" is SEVENTH WONDERS's first album to feature new singer Tommy Karevik and his very well crafted vocal melodies. On top of the powerful vocals, "Waiting in the Wings" features complex guitar solos and riffs by Johan Liefvendahl and smooth synth leads by Andreas Söderin. The bass is audible throughout, which is rare in progressive metal as the loud guitar-driven sound and pounding drums typically drown out the bass. Not to mention that Andreas Blomqvist absolutely shreds the bass. The drums are methodical and varied; they aren't overblown in any way and do a good job of accenting the riffs and solos. All in all, instrumentation is very high quality.

"Star of David", while not the best song on the album, is a good beginning track. It introduces what "Waiting in the Wings" is all about and showcases SEVENTH WONDER's talents. At 3:27 Blomqvist starts shredding the bass and from then on it's an awesome 1-minute solo.

"Taint the Sky" has a great synth intro that combines well with the guitar riff. The vocal melody is powerful and catchy. This song features an interesting instrumental part that uses strings that lead into the solos nicely. "Taint the Sky" is one of the stronger songs on this album.

"Waiting in the Wings", the title track, is probably the best track on the album. Clocking in at 9:18, it's the longest song on the album. This song has a sort of melancholic/eerie feel as it builds up to the choruses, which are contrastingly uplifting and relaxing; so the mood progression is neat.

"Banish the Wicked" has a heavy intro with decent riffs. This song features female backing vocals for a couple parts and it adds a nice touch. "Banish the Wicked" has a very nice melodic solo that proceeds into an impressive frenzy.

"Not an Angel" arguably has the best vocal melodies on the entire album. Not only that, but it has some of the most impressive instrumental parts woven into the mix. Overall it's a very close second to the title track.

"Devil's Inc" features an interesting vocal/harmonic counterpoint of sorts and the typical SEVENTH WONDER instrumental prowess. The solo at 4:24 is one of their best and altogether makes this one of the top tracks of the album.

"Walking Tall" is a bit mundane in the choruses and riffs, though there is a very nice bass solo at the end.

"The Edge of My Blade" I find just a little bit cheesy, though it's an average song.

"Pieces" is a pretty ballad that is a good ending to the album. The piano and strings on top of Karevik's soaring vocals creates an interesting mood that closes the album. Of course they could have done more with the ballad, but it's a nice end nonetheless.

All in all, "Waiting in the Wings" is a great album, but it falls short from being considered a masterpiece. I highly recommend this to fans of power/progressive metal, it's definitely worth a spin or two.

 The Great Escape by SEVENTH WONDER album cover Studio Album, 2010
4.07 | 224 ratings

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The Great Escape
Seventh Wonder Progressive Metal

Review by SevDawg

5 stars When I compare "The Great Escape" to "Mercy Falls", their previous album, I don't know which one is better or which one I like more. "The Great Escape" is definitely a song-oriented album with catchy choruses and impressive instrumental sections. It's SEVENTH WONDER's first album to feature a song that breaks the 10-minute mark.

The intro song, "Wiseman", is a song that grew on me as I listened to the album more and more. My impression is that nothing had really changed since "Mercy Falls", they were as good as ever and the typical SEVENTH WONDER. Of course there is a different feel in this album than in "Mercy Falls". As for the song, "Wiseman" has the SEVENTH WONDER catchy vocal melodies and complex solos.

"Alley Cat" is probably their most radio friendly song and my second favorite song on the album. Vocals are very clean and powerful (like pop meets metal in a good way). "Alley Cat" arguably has the most enjoyable riff and vocal melody on the album making it an addicting song.

"The Angelmaker" is the second longest song on the album. I think it's your average SEVENTH WONDER song; it's very good. Instrumental parts in "The Angelmaker" reminds me of parts in the albums' epic title track "The Great Escape". Intense solo midway through.

"King of Whitewater" has vocal melodies that are so good that it's addicting. The orchestral elements in the song (strings and such) are a nice touch. Also the violin near the end (or string instrument such as that) ties the song together and makes this one of the top songs of the album.

"Long Way Home" is the least best track on the album. It's a ballad of sorts with nice piano and acoustic parts. The acoustic solo is something rare in SEVENTH WONDER so it's really neat to hear on "Long Way Home". The reason why I say it's like a ballad is because heavy riffs enter around the 3 minute mark. The guest vocalist that sings in the background with Tommy Karevik is a nice touch. Overall a solid song.

"Move on Through", cool bass intro by Andreas Blomqvist in the beginning. The bass guitar needs more attention in progressive metal and Blomqvist gets the job done. If anything this would be the best track in terms of SEVENTH WONDER bass prowess, coupled with the heavy guitar and keyboard synth solo.

"The Great Escape", I find that if epics start with acoustic intros then the songs will automatically be great. As for epics, some bands do it right and others do it wrong. Some add so-called "fluff" to their epics to get it to that 20-minute mark, but SEVENTH WONDER did it right for their 30:14 epic. "The Great Escape" is never boring. The track is a concept song based on the poems 'Aniara'. The intro track "Wiseman" I believe is a prequel to "The Great Escape" and it tells the events leading up to the title track. For me "The Great Escape" is one of the most exciting and thrilling songs I know, and I definitely consider it my favorite of all time. This is the first song for SEVENTH WONDER to break the 10-minute mark (the closest one was "Break the Silence" which is 9:29) and they produce a half hour song. Musically "The Great Escape" is the best song they've ever produced in terms of quality. Everything is top notch: Karevik's singing is at its best, guitar riffs and solos are complex and melodic, keyboard/synth fills and solos are great, Andreas Blomqvist shreds the bass, and the drumming is calculated (not over the top and the fills are good). The song is very progressive and diverse and has many sections (13 parts I believe), which makes for a good listen. Every time I listen to this song I find something that I missed before, which is something I really value in progressive music. The acoustic at the end is just so awesome. This is an excellent close to the album and will definitely make you come back for more.

This album is definitely a masterpiece. From "Mercy Falls" you can definitely see a progression for SEVENTH WONDER while maintaining their sound. They finally produced a song over 10 minutes in length and they did so in excellent execution. Every song has something new to offer and is very enjoyable. This is definitely an album that grows on you as you listen to it more and more. Highly recommended to any progressive/power metal fan.

Thanks to TheProgtologist for the artist addition.

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