The Great Escape (Seventh Wonder album)

The Great Escape is the fourth album by Swedish progressive metal band Seventh Wonder. It was recorded over the Spring and Summer of 2010, and was released on December 3, 2010. It is also the last album recorded with Johnny Sandin on drums, as he left the band due to personal reasons after the recording and subsequent shows. "Alley Cat" is the first Seventh Wonder song to have an accompanying music video from the band.

The Great Escape
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Studio album by
ReleasedDecember 3rd, 2010
RecordedStudio Wonderland, April - September 2010
GenreProgressive metal
power metal
Length67:21
LabelLion Music
ProducerJohan Larsson & Seventh Wonder
Seventh Wonder chronology
Mercy Falls
(2008)
The Great Escape
(2010)
Tiara
(2018)

The 30-minute title track 'The Great Escape' is the first (and so far only) song by the band to be longer than 10 minutes. It is an epic song based on the poems 'Aniara' by Swedish Nobel laureate Harry Martinson. It deals with the tragedy of a spaceship which, originally bound for Mars with a cargo of surviving colonists from a ravaged and destroyed Earth, is ejected from the solar system and becomes entangled in an existential struggle. The first track 'Wiseman' doubles loosely as a prequel to the events of 'The Great Escape'.

Track listingEdit

Lyrics by Blomqvist/Karevik. Music & arrangements by Seventh Wonder.

No.TitleLength
1."Wiseman"5:42
2."Alley Cat"6:06
3."The Angelmaker"8:29
4."King of Whitewater"7:20
5."Long Way Home"4:26
6."Move on Through"5:04
7."The Great Escape
  • "I. ...And the Earth Wept"
  • "II. Poisoned Land" (instrumental)
  • "III. Leaving Home"
  • "IV. Take-Off"
  • "V. A Turn for the Worse"
  • "VI. A New Balance"
  • "VII. Death of the Goddesses"
  • "VIII. The Age of Confusion: Despair"
  • "IX. The Age of Confusion: Lust"
  • "X. The Age of Confusion: Reason"
  • "XI. The Aftermath"
  • "XII. Dining on Ashes"
  • "XIII. The Curtain Falls""
30:14
8."In The Blink Of An Eye (Bonus Track, Re-recorded Version from Become (album))"6:28
Total length:73:49

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