Seventh Crystal’s sophomore album “Wonderland” comes two years after their debut. The band has also added a new guitarist, Gustav Linde, to their lineup. Musically, the guys continue where they left off on their debut. Their music is modern melodic hard rock with AOR, melodic rock, and a few pop-rock elements. The production is full, modern and dynamic. This is the kind of music that can easily be heard on the (web) radio these days.
The album features some excellent melodic rockers such as “Wonderland”, “Higher Ground”, “Hollow”, “Million Times”, “My Own Way”, “Imperfection” and “Someday” that will surely please those who fancy melodic hard rock music in general. The ballad “In the Mirror” is really emotive and well-crafted. One of the album’s highlights.
The quality of the songwriting is something that really stands out in general. The powerful rhythmic base, the rockin’ guitars with the nice solos, the great keyboards and the amazing vocals. The majority of the songs have very catchy melodies, which is the band’s main strong point. When you have a voice like Kristian Fyhr (Ginevra, Perpetual Etude), your songs must have strong melodies to stand out.
The progress and creativity of the band are undeniably evident in their new album. “Wonderland” is a cohesive and engaging work that maintains the listener’s interest throughout. Seventh Crystal has invested significant effort to attain such a fine outcome, and their bright future is apparent.