Into Forever

Label: Ulterium Records
Three similar bands: Darkwater/Royal Hunt/Mind's Eye

Rating: HHHHHHH (3/7)
Reviewer: Daniel Källmalm
01. Through Dark and Light
02. Into Forever
03. The Innocence in Me
04. You Hold the Key
05. Enter a Dream
06. Crossing
07. We Cry No More
08. Under the Sun
09. Scattered Mind
10. Final Wisdom
11. What Matters
12. Frontier (Bonus Track)

Markus Sigfridsson – Guitars, keyboards and programming
Thomas Vikström – Vocals
Andreas Passmark – Bass
Daniel Flores – Drums

The Weight of the World (2006)
Into Forever (2010)

Christian Liljegren - Lead vocals
Caroline Sigfridsson - Lead vocals
Erik Tordsson - Lead and backing vocals
Kaspar Dahlqvist - Keyboard solos

Mixed by Markus Sigfridsson
Stem mixed by Simon Sigfridsson
Mastered by Dino Medanhodzic
Artwork by Markus Sigfridsson

Released 2021-05-28
Reviewed 2021-08-12

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Into Forever is the second of the two albums released by 7Days, it was originally released in 2010 and has been treated to a remastering and bonustrack. It is another one of those where you kind of wonder why it was reissued, it wasn’t very long since it was released and power metal is more or less the same now as it was in 2010, not much has really happened within this genre. So one question is why, and another one is if the second album was better than the debut that was a decent enough album, however it was mostly quite meaningless.

Probably more mature than the debut, but also more minutes, and less life as well as soul. The sound is fairly good, it is the same kind of synth rich power metal with some progressive touches that we heard the first time 7Days released an album, for those that would have known the debut and then found this one there would have been no surprises. There are some female vocals to spice it up in places, but not much variation and over seventy minutes of music. For a mainstream kind of album that is a long playing time, too long.

The first time I heard this album I found myself feeling that it lasted forever and that the songs were identical all twelve of them. After more consideration it is of course obvious that it doesn’t last forever but 73 minutes is more than close enough, and there is variation between the songs but not much. I find it hard to pay any real attention to this album, it is long and it is quite dull. There are no songs that are exciting, there isn’t any depth or dynamics, it is just an album. When I listen I wonder who thought that 7Days two albums were so good and overlooked that they needed a second chance, I can’t imagine that even one person would think like that. Not that the albums are bad, they aren’t, but they aren’t special either, and special is the only thing that matters – albums like theses comes around all the time, there is no point in reviving the old and forgotten.

I would not bother with this album; it offers nothing that you don’t already know and have heard to death already. One might wonder what the point is to waste resources in making physical copies of such lacklustre albums, but they still print newspapers despite them being quite pointless these days, and resources are endless so why not waste them? Still, I cannot really see that anyone would care about this album now, it will be just as overlooked and forgotten as the first time it was released, it just isn’t good enough to be interesting to anyone.