Seven Dimensions

Label: Pride & Joy Music
Three similar bands: Gamma Ray/Helloween/Iron Maiden

Rating: HHHHHHH (3/7)
Reviewer: Daniel Källmalm
1. Rising Rage
2. Aloneness
3. Out Of The Dark
4. Darkest Of My Days
5. Bringer Of Dreams
6. Crying In The Rain
7. Enlightened
8. Forevermore
9. Destiny
10. Para Siempre (Forever)
11. The Journey
12. Forces Of The Light
13. Crying In The Rain (CD bonus track – duet version)
14. Forces Of The Light (CD bonus track – radio edit)

Gabriel Palermo - Guitars
Nicolò Bernini - Drums
Dawid Wieczorek - Bass
Denis Scheither - Keyboards, Piano
Joan Pabón - Vocals

Dreamscape (2008)
Decimation (2013)
Unholy Divine (2017)

Wade Black - Vocals (track 5)
Zak Stevens - Vocals (track 12)
Dan Palmer - guitar solo (track 3) *
Jules Down - backing vocals
Samantha Sylvia - backing vocals

Produced by Gabriele Palermo
Post-produced & mixed by Eike Freeseat Chameleon Studios, Hamburg

Released 2021-01-29
Reviewed 2021-01-21

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It comes in seven dimensions when Hamburg band Tragedian comes up with their fourth album in a career that spans all the way back to 2002, the debut album came in 2008. I read that the band has collaborated with strong names like Kai Hansen and Bob Katsionis and that they have shared the stage with several known bands, the last can be said about any band that has taken to the same stage as another band has played. This new album gives us nine new tracks and the added bonus of some reworked tracks to end the album.

Doesn’t it sound interesting when they write “taking their favourite elements from each genre and making their own interpretation?” It sure does sound interesting, but their own interpretations are pretty similar to everyone else’s, and with those everyone I mean the ones that are making similar music to this band. It is heavy/power/speed metal of a pretty usual variety, perhaps with a slightly cheaper sounding production and a less exciting vocalist than several of the similar bands. They don’t really sound fresh or exciting, and I don’t really think that the bonus tracks add anything to the whole image of the album.

This isn’t the best or most exciting album I have heard in my life, pretty far from it actually. It isn’t a bad album, but I can’t say that it is an album with many upsides. The songs are pretty decent but there are not much hit-potential here and I grow tired with this album pretty quickly as I want album with strong songs and a fresh sound, this one has neither. It is difficult to get excited over one more of these albums, haven’t I already heard this one? And what is the point? Those are questions that comes to mind when I play through this album, and those aren’t questions I connect with good albums.

It is probably a decent choice for the fan of the genre or the similar artists, but at the same time I can’t imagine that it is one of those albums that will make a major impact. It is not a great or a memorable album, and I wonder if it is really an album worth exploring – I am not so sure, but I do know that their favourite elements are probably not the same as mine.