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After two singles – 2014’s poppy “inner Enemy” and the somewhat more straight-laced “The Promise” in 2016 – Swedish progressive metal maestros Seventh Wonder have recently announced their new album “Tiara”. The release is being mixed by Oyvind Larsen, the man responsible for mixing on the already-mentioned singles. The album has undergone mastering by Jens Bogren at Fascination Studios. Bogren has previously worked with other progressive metal stalwarts such as James Labrie, Katatonia, Opeth and Symphony X. ( Frontiers Records will oversee the worldwide release of the 13-track concept album, including as a double LP. The band used the following lyrics in their promotion: “’We've watched you since the dawn of time, with every moment gone by. A million suns fade and die, this is the end?’ Beware, for they're coming..!” These are presumably an allusion to alien forces, given the cosmic imagery. The precedent for a concept album about exists in the band’s widely-lauded “Mercy Falls”, and more within melodic progressive metal more generally, perhaps most notably in Evergrey’s “In Search of Truth”, which also concerned aliens and isolation. Musically it’s very much in keeping with the band’s tradition. From the promo, the work sounds rather more like “Mercy Falls” than the preceding “The Great Escape”. It’s less melodic (of course this should be taken with a grain of salt given the general character of their oeuvre) but slightly darker than their previous work. From the musicianship I trust this will work; Anubis Gate attempted this in 2017 and failed, as did Adagio who despite employing the preeminent “dark prog” master Kelly Carpenter (Beyond Twilight, Darkology, Epysode, Outworld, Zierler) dropped their neoclassical edge and therefore their unique appeal. If anything it sounds like SW might be making the opposite ‘mistake’, but their style is developed enough that for them churning out the same stuff would be at least to my ears an entirely acceptable route. The tracklist is unknown, but Seventh Wonder’s promo video can be found here:
Hey guys, If you are in the market from some tasty prog/power metal, we would love you to check out our new album released last week on Lion Music (Seventh Wonder, Anthriel...): 11 tracks of pure power prog metal that combines technical breaks with killer hooks and melodies. We worked with DGM's Simo Mularoni to shape the sound of the album and it's been hailed by reviewers as of of the best album of the year in the genre....we'd love if you guys checked us out! Small excerpt from our review on the Sea of Tranquility website: "...all you prog-metal lovers out there who are looking for the next 'big thing', make sure you don't miss this beast of a band from the Lion Music stable. Virtuoso musicianship abounds (McGurk is a supreme shredder with taste), powerful vocals, complex arrangements, and memorable melodies...all add up to a total winner of an album from this exciting French combo..." Check us out on: https://www.facebook.com/opposingmotion/ Couple of links to videos: Track "Inertia" - first official lyric video: Track "Machines of War"