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Seventh Wonder: The Testament
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Seventh Wonder: The Testament

Melodic Progressive Metal
4.5/5.0

Only a mere four years ago, and before the COVID pandemic, Sweden's Seventh Wonder surprised fans by returning with a new studio album. Tiara was the band's first long-player in eight years. The album was received much fanfare as it should have been. Now, with the same personnel complete, including the impressive vocalist Tommy Karevik (also Kamelot) at the mic, Seventh Wonder enters their 22nd year with their sixth studio album, The Testament.

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Mostly, Seventh Wonder needs no introduction. Since 2000 the band has been influencing the progressive metal genre and pleasing their fans. Some call 2008's Mercy Falls their peak moment, their masterpiece. But, honestly, and their rabid fans would agree, no album disappoints. The Testament is no exception. Musically, Seventh Wonder's core elements remain steadfast: brisk, often assertive riffs, a dynamic rhythm section (led by founding member Andreas Blomqvist strong bass presence), powerful vocals, and spry and mildly technical arrangements. Also, Johan Liefvendahl's bright guitar solos tag team with Andreas Soderin's synths. The song compositions also revisit that tried and true genre of progressive power metal as some songs can find their gallop and groove. This can be heard within The Light, Mindkiller, or more subtlety within Invincible which juxtaposes speed with heaviness. That song along with The Red River or Under A Clear Blue Sky tap into Seventh Wonder's prog diversity.<.p>

All said, when it comes to progressive power metal Seventh Wonder is still one of the best bands in the genre. There's no escaping their talent, creativity, and consistency. The Testament is dead bang darn good music. Easily recommended.




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The Take Away

All said, when it comes to progressive power metal Seventh Wonder is still one of the best bands in the genre. There's no escaping their talent, creativity, and consistency. The Testament is dead bang darn good music. Easily recommended.

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