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Seventh Wonder – ‘The Testament’

Publisher
Frontiers Records
FFO
Dream Theater, Fates Warning, Evergrey, Redemption, Circus Maximus, Darkwater
Release Date
June 10, 2022
Publisher
Frontiers Records
Genre
Progressive Metal

                In the last 20 years, Scandinavia has become a real hot bed for progressive metal. This is a place where it is now written into the DNA of the genre. One such band are Seventh Wonder who have spent the last 20 years delivering top-quality prog metal and now, the Swedes are back with ‘The Testament’, their first album since 2018.

                For those anticipating a new Seventh Wonder album, ‘The Testament’ is everything that fans have been waiting for. Seventh Wonder is the accessible face of progressive metal and ‘The Testament’ is a perfect example of this as complex time signatures and virtuoso musicianship combine with the soaring melodic vocals of Tommy Karevik who brings an almost hard rock, melodic hard rock delivery to the album through tracks such as ‘I Carry the Blame’, ‘Warriors’ and ‘Invincible’. This gives this album a real enjoyable feel and a massive amount of replayability having all the fun of Dream Theater, Redemption and Fates Warning as nine tracks get in and out in a prog metal cacophony clocking in at under 55 minutes.

                Those who like their prog metal to be djent, uber-complex polyrhythms and 8 string guitars, then ‘The Testament’ won’t be for you. But, if you like your prog metal done in the traditional style with some melodic vocals, then this album is superb and arguably the best album Dream Theater never released.

"arguably the best album Dream Theater never released"
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