SECTION A - The Seventh Sign

Section A - The Seventh Sign

8 songs
57:23 minutes
***** *
Lion Music

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When the label is Lion Music, then you can almost be sure that you have to deal with the guitar hero phenomenon. In this case, Section A may be a band, but they were founded by Danish six-stringer Torben Enevoldsen who prior to this release was mostly involved with instrumental guitar albums.

But don't worry, The Seventh Sign was planned to be an all-vocal album, although with much room for extended instrumental journeys (it is no coincidence that the songs average a running time of 7 minutes). Especially the nearly 10-minutes epic Tomorrow showcases the instrumental qualities of the band.

The vocals are delivered by ex-Lions Share singer Andy Engberg, whereas the complex drumming is by Andres Lill, of Vanden Plas Fame. Some keyboard solos are played by former Dream Theater member Derek Sherinian. This name dropping not only makes the album interesting for collectors, but also ensures high musical standards.

I like Section A best when they do the instrumental stuff as it is then when they sound most progressive. Engberg's vocals are not bad either and remind me a lot of ex-Black Sabbath singer Tony Martin. So you get here melodic hard rock / heavy metal with some excursions into the more moderate prog realms. Those who are into melodic rock with emphasis on virtuosic guitar solos with revel in the indulgence you get on this album, but those who look for something more inventive won't even have to stop here. Overall it's an overall entertaining CD, that deserves in my opinion 6 strong points, not more, but certainly also not less.

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