|Review: Seventh Wonder - The Testament|
Label: Frontiers Records
Year released: 2022
Genre: Progressive Power Metal
Review online: July 27, 2022
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Rated 4.2/5 (84%) (5 Votes)
The only Seventh Wonder album I have heard before this was Mercy Falls, and I didn’t like that album very much, so I was not sure what I would get here. This band’s profile has been raised significantly by singer Tommy Karevik’s position as Roy Khan’s replacement on Kamelot, but they are still very much an underground act. Some people worship this band, but I find them overrated.
This album is a lot better than Mercy Falls, without the disjointed songwriting or poppy melodies that plagued that one. Karevik sounds fantastic—his time in Kamelot has only improved his already impressive abilities—and the band seems to have streamlined their sound into a much more Power Metal vein, with only some trappings of prog still left. These songs are often rhythmically complex, and the vocal melodies are layered and have a lot of twists and turns, but the guitars exist almost entirely as a rhythmical element in the music, and even the leads are pretty conventional and not what I would call showy.
So, this is slick, well made, and has some good hooks. It goes down easy, but it doesn’t have a great deal of substance under the gloss.
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