Seventh Wonder
The Great Escape
Style: Progressive Power Metal
Release date: December 3rd 2010
Playing time: 68:12

Seventh Wonder's most recent album "Mercy Falls" hit me straight in solar plexus and I am still recovering from that blow. Seventh Wonder is returning to a more song orientated album without giving in on complexity and diversity. There are still lots of room for the finer details, brilliant melodic passages and many surprising twists and turns.

"The Great Escape" might not have the small bits and pieces tying the album together but it possesses the same depth and eye for details. This album has classic written all of it and this is first class all the way, from the production - perfectly balanced and crystal clear, thru the seven brilliantly written progressive metal songs that all have a lot of power, delivered by a technical accomplished and very tight band.

But once more I must say that Tommy Karevik steals the light! His vocal performances on this album and "Mercy Falls" are out-of-this world, and he gives me the chills more than once on this album; the control and stamina is quite simply amazing. His performance is once more top notch, and I am becoming more and more impressed with his qualities, he goes from strength to strength with Seventh Wonder, and the sky is the limit for him. But I won't take anything away from the rest of the band; this is a complete band effort where every piece is equally important and they do all deliver.

All seven songs hits the bulls-eye and they are all of the highest calibre, but off course the one standing out is the 30 minutes epic title track, where the band shows all their qualities and is firing on all cylinders, simply the best composition of 2010.

Seventh Wonder has done what I thought would be impossible, they've recorded an album that is equally as good as "Mercy Falls", and shows the competition that the road to the progressive power metal Olympus goes through Sweden. A very strong contender for album of the year, and Seventh Wonder has once more hit me where it hurts...


01. Wiseman (5:44)
02. Alley Cat (6:07)
03. . The Angelmaker (8:32)
04. King of Whitewater (7:40)
05. Long Way Home (4:26)
06. Move on Through (5:07)
07. The Great Escape (30:22)
Label: Lion Music
Distribution: Border Music Distribution AB
Reviewed by: Kenn Jensen
Date: November 20th 2010