7days - The Weight Of The World
7days is the brainchild of guitarist and composer Markus Sigfridsson who earlier has operated in bands like Harmony and Darkwater. 7days started out as a project in 2004 when Markus felt that he wanted to try out a couple of ideas that didn't seem to fit the bands he was working with at that time. With this project he wanted to express his passion for more symphonic and epic hardrock/metal. The musicians he has gathered to fulfil this project is quite impressive. Apart from his former band mate in Harmony Andreas Olsson (Narnia, DivineFire) he also hired such well respected musicians as Thomas Vikström (Candlemass, Brazen Abbot, Talk Of The Town, Stormwind and more) and Daniel Flores (Mind's Eye, X-Saviour).
The Weight Of The World starts promising with the symphonic metal hymn called Redeemer, a song that clicks on first listen. Up next is another great track called Confession and this heavy and melodic piece is close to the boundaries of Nocturnal Rites. The rest is much darker, intricate and epic with a hint of doom and, sadly I must say, no way near as good as the beginning of the record. The music is extremely well executed and the arrangements are top notch but that means nothing when the songs lack interesting melodies. This is consistent until the end of the record when With You Forever arrives out of nowhere with a great chorus. The album is closed in the best of ways with the Veni Domine cover Wisdom Calls and I love the bells that chime on this one.
This could have been a splendid record because the sound and performance are magnificent to say the least but the song writing doesn't live up to those standards at all. The middle section is actually quite weak and boring but the best tracks clearly show the potential of this band. I have no idea if the project will have a continuation but it would be interesting to hear more from these guys, let's just hope that Markus will sharpen his pencil a bit if that should be the case.