Seven Impale -
City Of The Sun

(CD 2014, 47:07, Karisma Records)

The tracks:
  1- Oh, My Gravity!(10:08)
  2- Windshears(6:44)
  3- Eschaton Horo(8:46)
  4- Extraction(6:48)
  5- God Left Us for a Black-Dressed Woman(14:41)

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Since the formation of Seven Impale, this young progressive Norwegian rock band has built up their name playing shows in their hometown, and forming their own unique sound. The debut digital EP Beginning/Relieve was released in 2013 to critical acclaim, and during the last year the band has played festivals as diverse as Oslo Jazz Festival and Inferno Festival, appealing to a very wide audience. The relatively young line-up consists of Stian Økland on vocals and guitars, Fredrik Mekki Widerøe on drums, Benjamin Mekki Widerøe on sax, Tormod Fosso on bass, Erlend Vottvik Olsen on guitar and Håkon Vinje on keyboards.

Now, Seven Impale's debut album called City Of The Sun, is finally ready. The album, recorded and produced by Iver Sandøy (Enslaved, Krakow etc.) in Solslottet and Duper Studios, consists of five highly varied and musically complex tracks. Although the music has a firm base in classic progressive rock, it's highly diversified. With all the members coming from a wide range of disciplines including classical orchestra, big band, metal, jazz, rock and electronic music, they combined all their experiences and influences and refined them into a unique, mesmerizing and exciting sound. In the middle of that sound Frank Zappa and King Crimson meet Meshuggah and Tool, while mister Mike Patton “bungles” it all together.

Seven Impale proves that Scandinavia has the utmost potential - and striving - talent when it comes to playing rock music and especially prog rock. An amazing album!

**** Gert Bruins (edited by Esther Ladiges)

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