Seven Wishes – Seven Wishes [1999]

SEVEN_WISHES_STSwedes SEVEN WISHES were formed in the mid-nineties from the ashes of Love Child, a very good and unknown Scandi hard rock act. Indeed, the core of the band consists of guitarist and producer Anthony Cedargren, bass player Tony Westgard and Jens Perrsson on drums, all previously in Love Child, plus the addition of singer Pelle Anderson.

Seven Wishes self-titled debut was released by a British label, but their sound is typically Scandinavian. The band was often compared with Dokken – just check “Life Goes On” – but to my ears their blend of sharp hard rock with melody and a touch of edgy metal waters from bands like TNT, 220 Volt, Treat, Talisman, the first Dalton, etc.

There are train-rolling fast hard rockers like “Confirm The Action” or “Caught By Surprise” mixed with more melodic hard numbers such as “Love Affection”, “One To Blame” and “Set You On Fire”. All is balanced by two good ballads: the slightly ’80s Queensryche sounding “Open Your Eyes (Don’t Turn Away)” and the much more typical Scandinavian “Bring Me To Heaven”.

“Seven Wishes” is a quite solid rocking album well produced, plenty of razor guitar riffs and killer solos (there’s contributions from Pontus Norgren of Talisman / The Poodles fame), and the band does a really good job on harmony vocals.

Line-Upcb4b574019d29da9f8578265b06d3872
Pelle Anderson – Vocals
Anthony Cedargren – Guitar, backing vocals
Tony Westgard – Bass, keyboards, backing vocals
Jens Perrsson – Drums

Additional Musicians
Pontus Norgren – Guitar
Kristoffer Gustofssen – Keyboards
Linda Gustofssen – Drums

Tracks
01. Seven Wishes (1:14)
02. We Want It All (4:08)
03. One To Blame (3:12)
04. Life Goes On (3:35)
05. Confirm The Action (3:57)
06. Bring Me To Heaven (3:38)
07. Caught By Surprise (3:39)
08. The Wasted (3:44)
09. Love Affection (3:54)
10. Set You On Fire (3:56)
11. Open Your Eyes (5:23)

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