Besides being the premier heavy metal festival in America, there are many things to love about ProgPower USA. One is you get to see many European and international bands on American soil. Bands that you might never see unless you went to Europe. A second great feature is that the promoters often coax a band to perform a full album, usually a fan favorite. Such is the case for Sweden's Seventh Wonder and their popular Mercy Falls album. Within Welcome To Atlanta Live, a 2DVD and 2CD set, the album is played in it's entirety, and we'll speak to the DVD recording in this review (which I'll try to keep brief).
Here's the thing about the ProgPower festival. It's about the music. When it comes to a light show or pyrotechnics, they're not high on the agenda especially when it comes to Seventh Wonder performing. Video recording, cinematography, and their direction is also rather minimalist. In this sense, the "video" part of the recording is almost like a documentary. But, wow, the sound recording is nearly immaculate. Excepting, at times, Tommy Karevik's vocals, every musician is heard with crisp clarity, notably Andreas Blomqvist on his six-string bass. But Seventh Wonder are some awesome musicians to begin with. As for the vocals, you'll probably have to lean on your familiarity of the album or at list have the CD booklet handy to follow along as Karevik's voice can be muted by the music. Nevertheless, the Mercy Falls performance is quite well down.
Some additional comments. Some mention should be made of both the visual effects, grayscale old film footage overlay, at the beginning and end and the presence of actress playing the protagonist's wife in those moments. Also the encore is an unreleased studio song, Inner Enemy. This song along with The Promise are included on the second CD. These come in advance of a new Seventh Wonder studio album due in 2017.
Bottom line then: If you dig Seventh Wonder, their classic Mercy Falls album, and their music as a whole, you will enjoy this 2DVD/2CD package, and I strongly encourage you to buy it.
If you dig Seventh Wonder, their classic Mercy Falls album, and their music as a whole, you will enjoy this 2DVD/2CD package, and I strongly encourage you to buy it.
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