Year : 2017
Style : Melodic Rock , AOR
Country : Sweden
Audio : 320 kbps + front
Size : 136 mb
A beautiful little band from Swedens westcoast that sounds big.It starts with a song, ”Wonderland”. It comes to life when Pelle Andersson, main composer and guitarist, is just 17 years old in 1980. The lyrics discusses life and how to find the balance between all aspects of life, especially the one between heart and mind. Joakim Jansson on drums and Bo Karlsson on keyboards are already in the group.Quick jump to 1997! The three partners in crime has been busy touring the south of Sweden as a coverband. Aboard at this time is also Klas Ling on vocals and Joakim Lundberg on bass guitar. The music that comes to life in Pelles head has nothing to do with covers and it certainly has nothing to do with thinking in commercial terms, hit songs etc.Instead Pelle wants to write an album that he himself would like to hear. Another idea is to not bother about genres. Instead he lets the music develop freely and without other limitations than his own, as a composer, musician, lyricist and guitarist.The first five songs on what would become ”Seven Wonders And Four Little Miracles” are written and he makes a simple demo and plays it to the band.A time jump once again and now it´s 2 005. Six more songs has been written and the band takes a decision to record the first seven songs as a demo. They all have jobs, family and the recording continues for a few years.In 2 009 the demo is finished and they send it out to record companies, managements and journalists in Sweden and around Europe. They get a really good response. Three record labels want to release it although they think it´s a bit short, 37 minutes. In the end the band release ”Seven Wonders” themselves although they know it´s a demo, not a complete album. Four songs are missing on the demo. The band were meant to record them after getting a contract but a swedish artrock society (GARF) promised them the opening slot on their annual festival in Gothenburg on Swedens west coast if Wonderland had a record ready, so they went for it.Although the cd was fairly successful the boys in the band were not entirely happy. The sound was not up to par and, most importantly, four songs were missing - 37 more minutes of music.So, in 2010 they start the recording process again, from scratch. The seven first songs are re-recorded from start to finish and the four remaining songs are also properly recorded. Once again the band themselves record everything in their homes.In 2014 Patrik Adiels takes over bass duties in the band and adds a new lease of life to both the band, the music and the recordings.In december 2015 they leave all the material to Stefan Karlsson, engineer with lots of recordings and mixes to his name. He mixes the entire album at Myhrene Studios and really lifts the sound. When Wonderland think it can´t get any better, Dragan Tanaskovic, famous swedish mastering engineer and owner of Bohus Sound Recording, lifts the material even more!Now it´s 2017 and now ”Seven Wonders And Four Little Miracles” will finally be released. It will be available at this website and on Wonderland gigs only. It is released on CD only. Visit our shop, order your CD and soon you will find yourself in Wonderland!
It took more than a decade for Swedes WONDERLAND to finally record their full debut "Seven Wonders And Four Little Miracles", but well worth the wait. Listening to the album is like a reunion with an old good friend you've not seen for years. I'm talking about the time - the '80s - when Progressive Rock fused with AOR and this wonderful sub-genre born: proggy AOR.Yeah, you know the usual suspects: WONDERLAND is influenced by SAGA, ASIA, MARILLION, and I can hear bits of A.C.T and JONO as well, because some musical parts are almost hard rocking.Just check the opener 'Hold My Soul'... a pumpy, punchy rocker with a wonderful AOR main melody, strong guitars and verses that recall VEGA. However, at mid-point, a keyboard solo brings to the fore the proggy side of the band, and next a guitar solo is close to hard rock. Fantastic mix.WONDERLAND was founded the past decade and recorded a self-distributed album with 7 songs on it.But the guys wanted a more complete album, and fuller production. So they re-worked these old compositions and created 4 new. Hence the album title: "Seven Wonders And Four Little Miracles".But let's go back to the music: track 2 'Can't Get Too Much' puts the pedal to the metal, and rocks with a hard rocking energy, busy rhythm section and more biting lead vocals.Next, 'Playing Your Game' has an '80s SAGA touch yet with nerve guitars, then 'In Too Deep' adds some JONO-like exquisite arrangements into this sweet midtempo lite-proggy song.I would call 'Afraid' a melodic rock epic, as the genre is present on its core and chorus, but the overall vibe and elaborated instrumentation give to it an accessible, proggy feel.You have more quality with the killer 'Devil And The Deep Blue Sea', a rocker driven by awesome broken riffs, AORish atmospheres and crystal clear lead vocals. As happens on the entire record, the keys are ever present painting a colorful palette.Next there's a composition titled '667' divided in three parts: 'Youth' is a short instrumental with acoustics akin YES / Trevor Rabin, 'Failing' adds a bluesy Floyd-esque vibe, then 'Gammal Fäbodpsalm' explore WONDERLAND's love for classic Prog.This band isn't a one trick pony for sure, as the relaxed 'Abandoned Ship' mix CAMEL with something similar to MARK KNOPFLER... weird, but works wonderfully.'The Rush Of Possibilities' is a return to the upbeat rocking territory via a simple riff, rumbling bass lines and melodic keys / verses. The vocals are strong embellished with harmonies and then a superb hard rocking guitar / keyboard solo interplay explodes.'In Anticipation' wraps this always interesting album with a midtempo pace where the guitar works in sync with the lead vocals for a solid drive of the song."Seven Wonders And Four Little Miracles" was originally released last year, but only now it's being widely available at all retailers, and let me tell you this WONDERLAND debut worth every penny.Songwriting is varied and captivating - it will hook-in fans of all musical genres ranging from lite-prog to AOR to hard rock - musicianship is impeccable and production top notch.Seriously, "Seven Wonders And Four Little Miracles" is a terrific album.
Pelle Andersson: Guitar, Vocals
Jocke Janson: Drums
Bosse Karlsson: Keyboards, Vocals
Patrik Adiels: Bass
Klas Ling: Vocals
01. Hold My Soul
02. Can´t Get Too Much
03. Playing Your Game
04. Into The Deep
05. In Too Deep
07. Devil And The Deep Blue Sea
08. 667 Youth (Part I)
09. 667 Falling (Part II)
10. 667 Gammal Fäbodspsalm (Part III)
11. Abandoned Ship
12. The Rush Of Possibilities
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