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Seventh Wonder: Mercy Falls

The striking concept album Mercy Falls was my first taste of Swedish five piece progressive metal band Seventh Wonder. Along with those like French progressive act Venturia, Lion Music knows how to pick the right bands. Impeccably mixed and mastered by Tommy Hansen and released in two versions, CD only or with a bonus DVD containing studio footage, interviews and photo gallery. Fans of bands like Dream Theater, Redemption and Circus Maximus would be wise to pick this one up you will not be disappointed. Seventh Wonder are not 'just another progressive band' ... Mercy Falls really is a fine testament to their ability.

Mercy Falls is a diverse release combining various tempos with the level of complexity we have come to expect from an album of this nature. Incorporating compelling instrumental sections, the members of Seventh Wonder give the listener an exhibition of their exceptional talents. One thing that really stands out is talented bass player Andreas Blomqvist whose contribution are immense. It's great to hear, guitarist Johan Liefvendahl, drummer Johnny Sandin and keyboardist Tommy Karevik all give a display of perfection on their instruments. The story of Mercy Falls is told throughout by the wonderful voice of Tommy Karevik and dialog from the male and female characters. Commencing with the sounds of a car screeching resulting in an accident with the male occupant in a serious condition causing him to slip into a coma, the listener is taken into the events that follow.

Seventh Wonder's Mercy Falls is an exceptional melodic progressive metal album, up there with my other two favorite progressive releases of 2008 from Scar Symmetry and Into Eternity.

Track Listing:
1. A New Beginning
2. There And Back
3. Welcome To Mercy Falls
4. Unbreakable
5. Tears For A Father
6. A Day Away
7. Tears For A Son
8. Paradise
9. Fall In Line
10.Break The Silence
11.Hide And Seek
12.Destiny Calls
13.One Last Goodbye
14.Back In Time
15.The Black Parade

Added: October 30th 2009
Reviewer: Scott Jessup
Related Link: The Band's Website
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Language: english

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Seventh Wonder: Mercy Falls
Posted by Jon Neudorf, SoT Staff Writer on 2009-10-31 00:32:26
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After reading some reviews of Mercy Falls, the latest release from Swedish progressive metal band Seventh Wonder, I felt compelled to purchase their latest and I have to say what a great album it is. If their two previous releases are anything like their latest, they will definitely be worth investigating. The music of Seventh Wonder can be compared to bands like Dream Theater, as they have the musical chops to keep up with anyone in the genre. I have listened to this CD a few times and other artists that come to mind are Mind's Eye and Amaran's Plight. Daniel Flores had a hand in recording the album so I suppose the Mind's Eye comparison might have something to do with that.

This is a concept album about life in the fictional town of Mercy Falls, and more specifically about a tragic accident a family endures and has to overcome. I will not go into details but I found the storyline compelling and well developed. Following the lyrics in the CD booklet helped let the story unfold.

All members of the band contribute as this is clearly a 'band' effort. The guitar playing of Johan Liefvendahl is very good as he provides ultra fast riffs and melodic solos that serve these songs well. The rhythm section also plays a strong role with intense drumming and fluid bass work which is often showcased demonstrating just how talented a bass player Andreas Blomquist is. Lots of tempo changes and shifting dynamics will add to your listening pleasure.

Highlights include the intense progressive metal of "Paradise" where the soaring voice of Tommy Karevik takes center stage and the wonderfully melodic "Welcome To Mercy Falls" where crunchy metal riffs and layered vocals make for an irresistible listen. The heartfelt ballad "Tears For A Son" is a sentimental tearjerker that hits all the right notes, particularly the crystal clear vocals and melancholy keyboards.

We can always count on Sweden to produce top notch music and Seventh Wonder continues the trend with Mercy Falls. This is a fantastic slice of melodic progressive metal and one that I highly recommend for fans of the genre. Buy it!

» Reader Comments:

Seventh Wonder: Mercy Falls
Posted by Carlos Canales Vega on 2008-12-16 19:21:42
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I cannot thank enough to this site for letting me discover this awesome band.
This Mercy Falls CD is just an amazing achievement.Powerful, technical, melodic, affecting and truly progressive in it's conception and execution.This album contains some of the best music I have ever heard.
More than strongly recommended! Give pleasure to your senses with this noteworthy material.

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