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CITY OF THE SUN

Seven Impale

 

Eclectic Prog

4.09 | 290 ratings

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Porcupineapple
5 stars Did you ever wonder what an ambitious jazz player drowning himself in progrock might sound like? Seven impale has the answer for you with this album.

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 2015.

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 14-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, 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.

Porcupineapple | 5/5 |

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