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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.

Bio supplied by Marty McFly

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3.71 | 7 ratings
Seven Side Diamond
3.67 | 6 ratings
3.95 | 94 ratings

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5.00 | 1 ratings
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4.00 | 1 ratings

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 Enigma by SEVEN SIDE DIAMOND album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.95 | 94 ratings

Seven Side Diamond Crossover Prog

Review by BrufordFreak
Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 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
3.95 | 94 ratings

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
3.95 | 94 ratings

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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