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SEVEN SIDE DIAMOND

Crossover Prog • Brazil


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This Brazilian band was formed in the late 90's, by the Fadel brothers, Joćo and André, with their childhood friend Casimiro Araśjo and later, Joćo decided to invite Diego Porres to join the band he had with his brother. As the band didn't have a lead singer at the time, they started working on some of Andre“s compositions. The next step was to complete the line up with a lead singer. An advertisement at their school called the attention of Diego Americo. At this point, in 2001, the band was complete and ready to start. During this first year, the band performed many concerts and prepared the first album.

In December of 2001 the first single was released: "Memory of a Dead". The recording is the exact one present in the "Seven Side Diamond" album (to be released at 2002). In the following year, the band recorded another few songs and released the first album. Many shows and two years later, the band released the second album - "Transition". In 2005, the first recorded live performance of the band was released - "Far Beyond Live". The album was released also as a live DVD.

After "Far Beyond Live" and many concerts the band started working on the next album called "Enigma". The concept was a lot more ambitious, and the album production was now performed by the band, represented by Diego Porres. In December of 2009, "Speranza" was released - as the Enigma's first single. The complete album was concluded in October 2010 and released in 2011.

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3.88 | 7 ratings
Seven Side Diamond
2002
3.67 | 6 ratings
Transition
2004
3.81 | 94 ratings
Enigma
2011

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5.00 | 1 ratings
Far Beyond Live
2004
4.00 | 1 ratings
Enigma
2013

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Far Beyond Live
2004

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 Seven Side Diamond by SEVEN SIDE DIAMOND album cover Studio Album, 2002
3.88 | 7 ratings

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Seven Side Diamond
Seven Side Diamond Crossover Prog

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE, JR/F/Canterbury & Eclectic Teams

4 stars Emerging from Curitiba which is Brazil's eighth most populous city with about 3.2 million inhabitants in the greater metro area comes the under the radar band SEVEN SIDE DIAMOND which was formed in the year 2000 by two brothers, Joćo and André Fadel along with their childhood buddy Casmiro Araujo. In the vein of progressive metal bands like Dream Theater and Angra the band sought a singer who could animate a style of progressive metal that was envisioned and in the eternal hunt for the perfect fit brought them into contact with Diego Americo and with the addition of bassist Diego Porres the band was ready to write, record and perform!

So far the band has released three albums and this self-titled debut came out in 2002. The album is on the short side with four tracks amounting to only 31 minutes plus however this promising band found the perfect middle ground between symphonic progressive rock and the 90s progressive metal that was still fresh in the minds of promising young talent around this time. SEVEN SIDE DIAMOND ticks off all the requirements for a stellar prog metal experience beginning with the opening "Shadow Of Fate" and ending with the near 12 minute closer "The River." This was obviously intended to be an international release as everything is in English however this band has remained somewhat obscure having been buried under a slew of similar minded bands seeking to be the next Dream Theater.

On the positive side, this band really honed its chops to become the next best thing in the world of prog rock infused metal at the turn of the millennium. Andre Fadel's keyboard playing skills are a huge part of the band's sound ranging from sensual piano rolls to hardcore synthesizer stabs syncopated to the time signature rich polyrhythms of the guitar, bass and drums. Likewise Joćo Fadel delivers some excellent guitar playing with excellent riffing sessions as well as beautiful angelic sweeps and sizzling solos. The rhythm section of bassist Diego Porres and drummer Casimiro Araujo is no less impressive with the ability to transmogrify to quiet passages to choppy tumultuous metal outbursts at the drop fo the hat. However when it comes to this kind of prog metal it really requires a strong vocalist to take it to the next level and Diego Américo channels his best James LaBrie to bring a true Dream Theater a la "Images And Words" to life which is the album's strength and weakness.

On the negative side, The Dream Theater antics are so strong that it really seems like this album was some long lost recording session that has fallen into the woodworks and although i wouldn't go as far as calling SEVEN SIDE DIAMOND a clone. There are sure enough nods to 90s DT that they are without a doubt the strongest contributor to musical ideas present here. The third track "Memory Of A Dead" contains some of the strongest DT nods with a steady flow of progressive metal fury augmented by innovative keyboard use as well as the closing "The River" which offers a satisfying climax to an excellent album performed impeccably from beginning to end with strong instrumental interplay and excellent uplifting vocal contributions. While DT fit compositions is clearly the name of the game here, SEVEN SIDE DIAMOND still inject enough individual stamps to make this a really dynamic set of four tracks.

This is the type of album i'd usually look down upon for its reliance of musical derivation that i'm usually not too fond of but on the other hand it is also the case that SEVEN SIDE DIAMOND crafted an album that is actually more enjoyable than many of the albums from the band that inspired them. While Dream Theater had a few gems in their lengthy career, they also have had some lifeless locust shells that lacked passion with paint-by-the-numbers performances. SEVEN SIDE DIAMOND's debut on the other hand is an excellent listening experience from beginning to end that clearly adopts the DT template but then adds some joie to vivre like only Brazilians can to its sonic scaffolding and brings an emotional connection that many DT albums clearly lack. Given the outstanding performances and crafty compositions that don't outstay their welcome, i personally would rather listen to this one than an inferior DT album any day. This debut definitely invites me to explore their following albums.

 Enigma by SEVEN SIDE DIAMOND album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.81 | 94 ratings

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Enigma
Seven Side Diamond Crossover Prog

Review by BrufordFreak
Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars A little heavier than I like, but this is definitely an album of stellar performances and creativity! "Shine" (9/10) is my favorite, though the "Enigma" suite (8/10) is great, too. Nice to see that Latin America is coming to prog life! The future of prog looks very good if bands like this one, Haken, Camembert, Aisles, Airbag, Sean Filkins, Sanhedrin, Ciccada, Frequency Drift, My Brother the Wind, Karfargen, Sunchild, Unexpect, Fen, Autumn Chorus, etc., etc., ETC. keep popping up (out of nowhere!) What a year was 2011! Can '012 (or any year) top it?! It's tough to imagine! 4 stars--excellent addition to anyone's prog collection.
 Enigma by SEVEN SIDE DIAMOND album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.81 | 94 ratings

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Enigma
Seven Side Diamond Crossover Prog

Review by Evolver
Special Collaborator Crossover & JR/F/Canterbury Teams

5 stars The one idea bandied about this site that bugs me the most is that prog rock that uses forms developed by the bands of the last half century (damn that makes me feel old) are not being "progressive". I disagree. And this beautiful album proves my point.

Seven Side Diamond masterfully takes influences from the classic seventies up through modern prog metal, and blends them into something quite familiar, while remaining fresh and original. This is not a clone band, although many of the references to the past are quite plain. The song Shine has more than a few lyrical nods to Yes (and at least one musical one), but the song is anything but a Yes imitation.

The focal point of the album is the thirteen part Enigma, that takes the listener on a long voyage through many progscapes. To my ears, this is the finest work of prog to come out this year.

The instrumentalists are all exceptional, and singer Diego Americo has a voice that fits perfectly in the gruff metal passages, and even sounds amazing when singing in Freddie Mercury-like ranges.

I must say that this band should be a force in prog's future.

 Enigma by SEVEN SIDE DIAMOND album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.81 | 94 ratings

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Enigma
Seven Side Diamond Crossover Prog

Review by Marty McFly
Special Collaborator Errors and Omissions Team

5 stars Fast paced, very wild album that sounds like a very special trip of a bit drunken Progster that is trying to incorporate as many melodies as possible. I'm aware that being drunk is usually associated with negative connotations, but in this case, our drunkard of an album have a very clear mind, with which he is positioning layers of this big structure that we, for a lack of better words, call Prog.

Lovely, thoroughly intricate, vigorously shining (maybe because they hail from Brazil, remember Bigorna) and I somehow can't help but get a feeling of a new Echolyn album from this Enigma. Which is not exactly an enigma, because it's album everyone can enjoy, there's nothing inaccessible, mysteriously hidden in difficult listening there.

One thing of importance, this music is heavily dominated by piano sounds, together with "lushness" of other instruments. Maybe that's not a proper term, but in this case, why not, its sound is really full, with heavy bass growling (this word fits perfectly into what the bass here is doing), occasional keyboards (they aren't as dominant as in most of other Prog acts and are because of that they appears muffled a bit) and of course, vocal work that is far from being flat and unemotional, with what sounds to me like a well sung English (not much accent, but then again, I'm not a native speaker). There are parts where acoustic guitar plays gentle intros/outros - rare, but nice. In this complex. Drums are sometimes lost in the lushness though, but they are there.

60 minutes, fine line between too short and too long of an album, because there is something like a theme, leitmotif that is used (with variations) on a few spots. Also, because of previously mentioned facts and opinions, Enigma is a very consistent album.

ProgArchives, in contrast to many other internet communities, is a very special place. With its age distribution, it has much higher average (35?) than for example gaming forums, where 20 or so would be my guess. I'm one of those younger generations, who have a disadvantage not to live in 70s (and see/hear/live it through myself). However, as I am thoroughly listening Prog for last 4 years, trying to make up for it and compensate somehow. The point of this paragraph, except the fact that it can serve as a quick study, is that I have heard quite a few hundreds of artists, with many thousands albums. The more I listen, the more sparsely I use 5 star rating. Yet here, without hesitation or a slightest doubt, I use it.

5(-), the right direction of a modern Prog ?

Thanks to chris s for the artist addition. and to E&O Team for the last updates

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