|Section A - The Seventh Sign
01. The Seventh Sign
03. Pray For Rain
06. The Man In The Mirror
07. Killing Fields
08. Into The Fire
Line-up on the CD:
Vocals: Andy Engberg
Guitars, keyboards, bass: Torben Enevoldsen
Drums: Andreas Lill
Keyboard solos: Derek Sherinian (on "The Seventh Sign" and "Nightmare")
Keyboard solo: Günter Werno (on "Tomorrow")
All compositions and arrangements by Torben Enevoldsen.
All lyrics written by Andy Engberg and Conny Welén.
Basic tracks recorded at Lion's Cage in Finland during spring 2002.
Engineered by Lars Eric Mattsson and Torben Enevoldsen.
Edited, mixed and mastered at Tune Town in Denmark by Torben Lysholm during autumn 2002.
Produced by Torben Enevoldsen.
So we have here courtesy of Lion Music, another supergroup [ultimately is very common that Lion Music take under his arm supergroups and guitar heros], anyway, Section A is formed by Torben Enevoldsen, Andy Engberg [Lion's Share], Andreas Lill [Vanden Plas], Derek Sherinian [ex-Dream Theater] and Gunter Werno [Vanden Plas], so trust me, it is a supergroup.
The first thing that I noticed is the album title, "The Seventh Sign" … why, why WHY every prog/power metal band has to use the word "Seventh" in a song, album name, or band name? Is very used, and I see it everywhere! I know is a cabalistic number, but come on! Be original! I made a research on how many bands are with the word Seven or Seventh, and the search was endless… so many! I founded seventh/seven: Key, Gate, Avenue, One, Omen, Witches, Wishes and so on. We should ban that word from the Metal community.
Back to the music, the album starts with the title song 'The Seventh Sign', the first thing that came to my mind was Yngwie Malmsteen, and go figure, Malmsteen has also a song [and album] named "The Seventh Sign"... Coincidence or tribute? 'Riot', the second track, is a more accessible song, full of killer riffs and a catchy chorus, then we slow things a bit for 'Pray For Rain', a mid-tempo song.
'Tomorrow' clocking almost 10 minutes, show us why this band is call a supergroup, the ability and musicianship in this one is incredible, the soloing sections are very well done, kinda reminded me of Satriani. The album closes perfectly with 'Into The Fire', a really fast song, but with a wide variety of elements and atmospheres.
So, if you like Progressive Metal supergroups, I would strongly recommend this one, it might not be the most innovative album of the year and it won't change the face of genre, but it deserves to be listened.