We are again in some dark territory where the melody is built slowly in the fusion of the vocals and the instrumentation. The band is playing with many tempo changes. In "Serpenstone", the vocals are quite unique and the melody is again building his momentum slowly with some beautiful keyboards in the Beardfish style, an influence that is spread out all over this album with many others of course. The last song starts with samples of conversations with some strange atmosphere, spacey keyboards, ambient passages and a special guitar break.
The song was meant to slow things down after all the previous intensity. If this long song is not the most impressive trackit end up very well the album. If you enjoy adventurous music and are not afraid of dissonant music, oppressive atmosphere covering different styles, this is an album to look for. We are looking at a young formation hailing from Norway, which consists of six men with a background in jazz and classical music, obviously having a strong crush on progressive rock. Trying to blend all this in one might be risky, which is exactly the feeling you might get during the first listen of their new album.
By the time it ends, you will find it difficult to wipe the WTF face expression off your face, making you hit the repeat button to give it a second go. And if you are opened for something new, that is when you will realize that Christmas came early this year, as this album is nothing but one of the best from Tricky time signatures get jazzed up here literally by progrock beats crossed with wild saxophone runs, as the dreamy versus proggy parts eventually give way to beautifully controlled chaos.
Whilst the end result is difficult to be compared with anything, it does remind you of a jazzy King Crimson or Anekdoten at times, whilst exceeds those in a way also. And although the album only rambles on through five songs, each of those will have a surprise around the corner, such as "Oh my gravity" or "Eschaton horo" throwing some dirty and ruthless progriffs in your face emerging from the jazzy soundscapes, or the closing track "God left us for a black-dressed woman" focusing more on the melancholic bit, eventually ending the minute-long song and the whole album in such a mighty and epic way that you will be left to beg for more.
And although with these three songs to album sets the bar high enough for the other two not to fully live up to these, all in all it is a rewarding journey through these different and yet similar genres. It is not an easy listen, but is an ambitious project, LP, as well as a beautiful marriage between jazz and progrock, at the same time paving the way into a promising future for these six young prog-jazz freaks. This was one of those albums that came out of the blue.
A recommendation Extraction - Seven Impale - City Of The Sun (Vinyl a friend, he also provided the warning: "give them a chance" -- which can be regarded as either a challenge, or Album) red flag. And the first time I played the album, I knew exactly what he meant: I spent a lot of the time thinking, "What the hell is going on here?? Albums that start out that way, that leave me bemused and intrigued, that demand revisiting in order to make sense of them, often end up being long-term winners.
Who are they? A six-piece from Bergen, Norway. What are they? Well, it is hard to describe what they do.
Psychedelic jazz-rock-fusion, lots of saxophone winding all through prog-like songs, they sound deceptively loose and crazy, but don't be fooled. What we have here is masterfully-controlled chaos.
While they do not really sound like any of those bands, they are reminiscent of Soft Machine, Quiet Sun, a bit of jazz-era Crimson. Each song is a surprise, the way the elements are all intertwined, sliding smoothly from raucus disorganized noise to nice melodic themes, changing up the time signatures but not in that self-referential way that too many modern prog bands tend to do--when it happens, it's like it takes everyone by surprise, listener and performer both.
Every time I play this album, I am surprised how much I like what I hear, because otherwise every musical instinct tells me this is not the kind of thing that holds my attention. But these guys are the real deal. They don't sound quite like anyone else, and sometimes they sound less like a band than a loose collective of people wandering in and out of the songs at random. If you do choose to listen This is a six piece band with two guitarists, one being the vocalist along with bass, drums, keyboards and sax.
They are a young band with varied influences who have come up with a beauty here in "City Of The Sun" which is a great title, and I dig the album art as well. They really do the bombast versus mellow sections really well and I have to say the final track "God Left Us For A Black-Dressed Woman" has to be one of the best songs of It settles in after a minute then builds in intensity.
A calm 4 minutes in as the vocals and a mellow sound take over including organ. It kicks back in and man this is intense. The sax is blasting again then we get some ripping guitar after 6 minutes.
A killer instrumental section arrives 7 minutes in and vocals return a minute later. Some great sounding sax before 9 minutes. I really like this. Sax and a jazzy sound arrive as the vocals step aside. Vocals are back before 3 minutes then they stop as it kicks into gear heavily. Another calm arrives as contrasts continue. A calm a minute in as fragile vocals join in.
Some lazy sax excursions before 2 minutes as it stays mellow. By the 3 minute mark the intensity kicks in as we get outbursts of power.
It turns even heavier before 5 minutes and there's some cool sounding guitar here. It all stops as the band yells at 6 minutes then it kicks LP in.
Another calm from 7 minutes to the end. It settles back as the sax arrives then these passionate vocals almost shout the lyrics as the music becomes more powerful. It settles back again as the vocals continue but in a more laid back fashion.
Themes are repeated. Picked guitar to start as the sax and liquid keys take over. Drums and more follow. I love the deep sounds before 2 minutes then it starts to pick up. So good. Visiting places where no band has been before, with "Contrapasso" Seven Impale pay no heed to genre boundaries.
Melding melody, experimentation, dramatics, atmosphere and contrasting rythms, with "Contrapasso", Seven Impale has created an essential album for any fan of progressive rock!
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This album is just so tight on every level that if you'd have told me this was recorded inI'd have no basis for questioning it other than the lack of more prominent tape hiss. Great from start to finish! Reflections of a Floating World by Elder. This album can often be my 'Sanctuaryyyyyyyyyy'!!!
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Lever rationality with Seven Impales "Contrapasso"! Wez Barber. Wez Barber Absolutely mesmeric. Beautiful, perfect art, and impossible to pick a favourite track. Although the record could have been a bit shorter and some songs feel somewhat empty, it still is a phenomenal record and another proof that Seven Impale are one of best prog bands that exist today.
I'm excited to see what direction the band takes in the future, as they have a great potential for invention. Favorite track: Languor. Vyacheslav Potapov VP. I then said to myself that it was one of the best prog albums, Then at the one minute mark it settles into a jazz groove with first sax and then jazzy guitar and Hammond organ filling the lanes over the rhythm section. At the sound gets much heavier over the same arpeggiated weave, nearly drowning out the still-soloing sax and organ.
At things get quiet and sparse again, with the music vacillating from soft and delicate to heavy and abrasive. A very melodic kind of psychedelic big band section plays out for the final minute. Again, bizarre but so cool! Same awesome bridge at leads into a heavy section into jazzy chaos--all performed over the most simple, calm drum play.
At it gets even heavier as it plods along for a minute in support of a fuzz guitar solo. Finally the drums start to play--to match the frenzy of the rest of the band--then everything stops so the band can yell "Yay!
Well conceived and performed, just not my favorite. At a neat Hammond section leads back into the heavy full band section that opened the vocals, then, again, drops off for the beautiful support of a multi-voice- supported section. At a very smooth, stripped down electric guitar solos, until there is a full return to explosiveness at A bouncy "O Yo Como Va"-like Hammond section at gives way to a kind of Latin weave before falling back into the heavier rock weave from the first vocal section to end.
Some incredibly powerful sections in this song--especially the multi-voice vocals in the eleventh minute and the following heavy full-band part. The song evolves, shifts, twists and turns and surprises throughout. Without question this is one of the best prog "epics" of the year! A breath of fresh air and total shock. There is still life on planet earth. And there is still great music made by mere mortals but which can awaken emotions. This is the case with this young sextet from Norway that confirms that the Scandinavian scene is constantly on the up and dominating the progressive music of the new century.
What makes this album different from other very good ones is the combination of musical prowess and the apparent appetite to create something new, fresh, dynamic.
Seven Impale seem to have 'studied' Peter Hammill and retained the best from his corpus of eclecticism, transferring it and adapting it to their own style. Not much of major chords here, this stuff is dark, heavy and aggressive.
Distorted bass lines bring to mind King Crimson but the multiple melodic themes maintain a nice balance with the outright bursts of jazz improvisation and some LP torrential over-complex avant-garde passages.
Seven Impale can get carried away by their young enthusiasm and get off track with their experimentation that my mere-progger mind cannot necessarily capture Eschaton Horo but these are short and part of the deal that makes this package so imperfectly perfect. This is the best album of The unusual time signatures and sporadic fractured rhythms are jarring to the ear. Yet the dissonance is infectious as it grows on each listen.
This is one of the delights of It jumps out of the blocks with saxophone bliss over intense out of sync percussion. The vocals are an oddity in themselves, feeling estranged and out of tune yet maintaining a jaded harmony despite the dissonance. The opening track builds in tension until the sound becomes layered with organ, heavy guitar riffs, and then Crimsonish stop start chops.
A sheer delight on every level and a genuine surprise when discovering this album. The jazz feel is prominent with grand saxophone soloing. I was even reminded of Miles, prog jazz albums such as "Bitches Brew". Eventually the atmosphere is dense and augmented by heavy staccato blasts of guitar and sax. It has a feel of classic prog and of course as such is a proggers delight especially those of us who like the more complex off kilter side of music.
Diagonal produced an album like this and it became a treasure in my collection instantly. The vocals sound like Radiohead's Thom Yorker in all respects. Very laid back on a high register. I love how the sax keeps interjecting and those chimes are gorgeous. This is the more beautiful side of Seven Impale.
It still blasts into a crunching instrumental section. This is where the band take off and are at their best. The experimental nature of the music is intoxicating. It is always searching for new directions and explores these over tempo switches and audacious rhythmic figures. My dog didn't like it when they screamed out, and then it blazes away on a hypnotic motif till it settles into a haunting sax solo.
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