Seventh Wonder



by Kenneth E. Rathburn USER (87 Reviews)
October 7th, 2014 | 10 replies

Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Unbecoming.

Before Tommy Karevik was selected as Roy Khan's heir, Seventh Wonder were little more than an obscure band. They still are, unfortunately; and if we head further back (to 2005), we'd see them entering the scene with little more than mild celebration. Heavy metal debut albums, however, aren't always the best indicators of a band's future. These initial LP's typically amount to a means of formal introduction, and all a band can do in the meantime is hope they grab a few fans along the way. In Seventh Wonder's case, their initial list of talents had Andi Kravljaca of Silent Call on vocals for the release of Become, an album which showcased a number of qualities we'd hear on subsequent releases, but with less efficiency.

One song is all it takes to gauge Become's direction--take your pick of eight. At their core, Seventh Wonder are a progressive metal band, which shows more in song structure than track length. That said, power metal influences creep into their music as well, primarily extending to the over-the-top instrumental nature and, in the case of future endeavors, potent vocal performances (more on that later). One of the more curious players is bassist Andreas Blomqvist. An endearing quality of Seventh Wonder's music has been how they emphasize the thick-stringed guitar, which Blomqvist justifies with every performance. His work on Become is no exception, even if the rest of the band aren't quite prime for the ensuing course. Doubling the number of Andreas, Soderin's keyboards are a more enigmatic example of Seventh Wonder's musicianship. We do hear a Mercy Falls-esque foreshadowing during "The Secret," but a number of listeners will hear the pompously tuned instrument and see it as a staked boundary, which is easier to understand when accounting the bouncy notes with Become's limited production. The mixing feels all over the place, with "The Damned"'s bass and off-key opening being one of the more immediate examples. It also feels like the bass and electric guitars switch places for prominence at times. As I mentioned, this is hardly a detriment, but it does make for a peculiar listening.

Speaking of which, I've left the issue of pre-Karevik vocals unaddressed. Andi Kravjaca took over for a few years after a brief run by Ola Halen of Shadow's Past. And while Kravljaca's voice isn't a constant nuisance, he does feel like a caught anchor stubbornly holding the entire ship back. Unfortunately, the forgettable-when-not-worrisome vocals come to characterize the entire album; Become clumsily dances and simply struggles to leave a lasting impression, be it per track or as a whole. The comparison may be as tired as an episode of The Osbournes, but Seventh Wonder's debut feels like their own When Dream and Day Unite. To be clear, Become is a more enjoyable affair, but as is the case with Dream Theater, non-diehards have very little to gain from seeking it out.

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October 7th 2014


Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Kept juggling between a 2.5 and 3 on this. It makes me want to listen to their other albums so bad.

October 7th 2014


Sweet band, but yeah, they got going on their next album.

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October 7th 2014


Album Rating: 3.5

To me, this is one of the most underrated albums on the site. Yeah, it's not up to the standard of the later stuff, but it's a solid debut. Definitely better than the debuts of genre big hitters such as DT, Fates, Symphony X etc.

October 7th 2014


Only one of theirs that I haven't checked and will probably remain that way.

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October 7th 2014


Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

@dante: Hey, if you get enjoyment out of it then that's great.

@ASnide: I'll drink to that.

@Evo: It's odd going from the other three albums to this, I'll say that much. See if you like "Day by Day" or "The Secret."

October 7th 2014


This really that bad wow? Really like SW's later stuff.

October 7th 2014


Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Not bad, just unfulfilling. Like I said, I thought of bumping it to a 3, but it doesn't have the staying power. A 2 would be legitimately bad in my books.

October 7th 2014


i really like the first 3 tracks, great review tho

October 9th 2014


I've never heard this but I find that I'm totally unable to enjoy Mercy Falls at all. It's just a bunch of wanking, utterly devoid of cohesion or engaging music. On the other hand, I love The Great Escape. It's a shame I can't enjoy all of their music consistently because Tommy has one of the best voices in the entire industry.

October 9th 2014


Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

I can actually see where you're coming from. Just about everyone applauds it as the band's definitive release, and while I'm definitely a fan of said album, there's still a part of me that finds the album a tad...juvenile. Honestly, all they'd have to do is improve their lyrics and make changes that make their music a bit less cheesy, but only gently so. And yeah, Tommy's voice is incredible. Just a shame he felt shoehorned in for Silverthorn.

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