7 for 4 is the brain child of Virtuoso guitarist Wolfgang Zenk (no medals for those who figure out the country of origin), who is better known as the former guitarist for German progressive metal band Sieges Even and with 7 for 4 he has decided to explore jazz fusion territory.
7 for 4's new album starts with Diffusion, which introduces us with a mellow jazzy guitar line. 7 For 4 didn't change their recipe: as with the previous albums, it soon changes for a rock-metal style which could remind me of the band Royal Hunt without lyrics. It's always cut by jazzy lines on bass and guitar, hard to hate, really. It's followed by Indigo Dunes, where the keyboards have a sound similar to the ones used by Liquid Tension Experiment, and a similar use too. In Overall, this track has a slower tempo than most of what 7 for 4 gave us by the past, but it's nonetheless really interesting, especially when considering the basslines taking their places in there. A really balanced piece, one of the best on the CD in my opinion.
Time is the second CD from 7 for 4, a German instrumental band. Similar to the first album, all the tracks except one are instrumentals. The guest vocalist is Conny Kreitmeier on "Where Are You Now". The liner notes describe this album to be a mixture of Latin, Country, Classic, and Metal. Although still very enjoyable, this isn't quite up the the high level they set with their debut.
It's been quite awhile since Wolfgang Zenk put out a new 7for4 album so this comes as a welcome surprise. As you may by now know, Zenk came to everyone's attention when he became a member of Sieges Even, redirecting their tech metal sound into fusion realms. 7for4 is his full on fusion vehicle and Splash is a total burner from beginning to end. For this album the band is down to a trio with Zenk also taking over on keyboards but it doesn't slow anything down. This is tasteful fusion with good positive energy.
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