Header
7 for 4 - Contact CD (album) cover

CONTACT

7 for 4

Jazz Rock/Fusion


From Progarchives.com, the ultimate progressive rock music website

Bookmark and Share
5 stars Do you like bands like Liquid Tension Experiment? do you fancy instrumental multi-collective albums? do you enjoy incomparable technique? of course you do! you are a prog fan, after all!

Wolfgang Zenk, a highly underestimated guitar virtuoso, took the place of Markus Steffen of Sieges Even who had left the band right after the release of the best 90's european prog album "A Sense Of Change". The albums that Sieges Even recorded with him - "Sophisticated" and "Uneven" are also highly underrated.

Five years later, after the temporary ending of Sieges Even, he formed 7 For 4. The musicians that play with him, in this debut, are unknown to me but are all excellent players setting the base upon which Wolfgang unfolds his talent.

It's not only his great guitar playing, but Wolfgang here, lays his letters of accreditation to composing, structuring and arranging real songs. Rock, metal, prog, latin, jazz/fusion. Everything performed in excellency, without boring you, with the most interesting ideas flowing with grace.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

WARNING: Forum software upgrade in progress, login function maybe affected for some users during that time.

Send comments to toolis (BETA) | Report this review (#141113)
Posted Sunday, September 30, 2007 | Review Permalink
5 stars I cannot believe that this album has only 8 ratings and one written review. Unbelievable.

This album is a masterpiece of progressive metal. Now before anyone stops reading because you don't like progressive metal, consider Liquid Tension Experiment who are classified as progressive metal. I understand that some progressive metal turns people off, particularly any screaming vocals or overly loud instruments. This is, in my opinion, true progressive metal. This music isn't quite as heavy as some of LTE's compositions but it is definitely more progressive. This is prog-metal that showcases the musicality of the 7 For 4 in a way that will leave you (well, it leaves me!) in awe. You have to hear it to believe it.

My Favourite Tracks:

E-Gyptian: This was the first track that really drew me into the album. The unique guitar theme never gets old in this song and the percussion maintains the rhythm of the song perfectly.

Highlands: The theme in this song is also addictive. It starts off with calming, jazzy piano and side-sticking percussion. The song evolves quite a bit over 7 minutes.

Rockalaxy: It stars with another catchy riff. This song doesn't change much but it's still a great tune.

Subspace Distortion: One of my favourite prog tracks of all time. This song is truly a masterpiece and shows the range of music these guys can incorporate into a single song. The synth in this song is extremely well done and, I must say, the solo by Zenk at about 4:30 amazes me everytime I hear it.

This album, in my opinion, is much better than Time, their second album.

Conclusion: This is one of my favourite progressive rock albums. Please check out this album if you LTE, you'll be doing yourself a big favour. If you're not as keen after reading this review, I still recommend it to you. It's a great introduction to how progressive prog-metal can be!

5 Stars without hesitation.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

WARNING: Forum software upgrade in progress, login function maybe affected for some users during that time.

Send comments to dante.dio (BETA) | Report this review (#152467)
Posted Saturday, November 24, 2007 | Review Permalink
apps79
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR
Neo Prog Team
3 stars Nice modern heavy/fusion band led by guitarist Wolfgang Zenk,former member of the prog metal band ''Sieges Even'',with whom he recorded the great albums ''Uneven'' and ''Sophisticated''.7 FOR 4 are a four-piece act,coming from Munich ,and released their debut in 2001,entitled ''Contact''.This is an all instrumental effort very close to the likes of DEREK SHERINIAN solo albums and LIQUID TENSION EXPERIMENT,that means highly-energetic and powerful jazzy/fusion prog with lots of different moods,breaks and time changes.The music is trully inspired with good melodies and a heavy dose of complexity,presenting the tremendous skillful playing by bassist Markus Grutzner and the chaotic drumming of Klaus Engl.Keyboardist Markus Froshmeier prefers a rather backing supporting role with groovy piano lines and distinctive keyboards around...and Zenk is an absolute virtuoso of guitar,delivering memorable themes,including funky rhythms,jazzy parts,an almost metal soloing style,even some Latin-inspired themes.For anyone who doesn't mind his jazz/fusion experience with a harder edge,''Contact'' is absolutely essential.A very tight band with an extremely rich sound!...3,5 stars for me...

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

WARNING: Forum software upgrade in progress, login function maybe affected for some users during that time.

Send comments to apps79 (BETA) | Report this review (#175814)
Posted Monday, June 30, 2008 | Review Permalink
crimson87
PROG REVIEWER
4 stars I can't believe any prog reviewer or collaborator has not written an appropiate review for this record. Here four German virtuosos show us what they are capable of. 7 for 4 play a mixture of instrumental metal combined with jazz and latin music. This in my opinion is the closest metal will ever get to prog , much more quiet and varied than Liquid Tension Experiment albums.

The band is leaded by former Sieges Even axeman Wolfgang Zenk and his guitar shines on the 51 minutes this album last. A fair example of this could be the brillant opener X- Dreams which also features a fretless bass intro by Markus Grutzner. Another song which shows truly progressive nature is the latin-influenced E- Gyptian , it has a Dyango Reinhardt like acustic intro!

Probably I won't consifer this album a masterpiece of progressive music because it wears thin on the only song with vocals: Catking , and let me tell you it's not a bad tune. The question is that the standard this album has set is so high , that an average tune could look awful on it.

Suming up , if you come from the bright side of prog ( the symph , jazz fusiony, canterburish one) and you can't stand metal in any form , this album.... it won't make you a metalhead but it will show you that there are some truly talented musicians out there who don't get much recognition. Contact deserves a listen from every progressve music fan.

4.5 stars for me

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

WARNING: Forum software upgrade in progress, login function maybe affected for some users during that time.

Send comments to crimson87 (BETA) | Report this review (#188560)
Posted Sunday, November 09, 2008 | Review Permalink
5 stars FABULOUS!This is the perfect beginning for a band made of unbelieveble talented musicians,music teachers ,and this proves that aggressive fusion has a beautiful future!Trully impressive and wonderful indeed!Performed at superlative,production crystal clear and some amazing demonstration from the man who bringed a new beginning to the German prog cult band SIEGES EVEN ,on 2 amazing albums-SOPHISTICATED and UNEVEN!WOLFGANG ZENK is a monster guitar player which can play no matter musical style and the variety of the album makes it even more catchy and interesting!WOLFGANG is surrounded by a top class team,and each of them has a serious contribution to the funal product,an album full of rich musical ideas and inspired compositions!One of the most amazing debut albums I've ever noticed!All 3 releases of 7 for 4 cd 's are essential,because all are so good!Simple and true!5 STARS and DANKE SCHON FUR DIE MUSIK!

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

WARNING: Forum software upgrade in progress, login function maybe affected for some users during that time.

Send comments to Ovidiu (BETA) | Report this review (#252365)
Posted Monday, November 23, 2009 | Review Permalink
Mellotron Storm
PROG REVIEWER
3 stars This is German band 7 FOR 4's debut released in 2001. The leader and guitarist is Wolfgang Zenk who played on two albums ("Sophistication" & "Uneven") for SIEGES EVEN in the nineties. I'm sure it's coincidence but I couldn't get into those two SIEGES EVEN albums either but love the one's before and after them. The guy is a virtuoso no doubt but i'm not digging his style for some reason. He's playing more of a Fusion style here but he does mix it up quite a bit. This is all instrumental except for one track. It is a technical album no doubt and I must admit those are hit and miss for me. I love the LIQUID TENSION EXPERIMENT band that many compare this group to, but I find this to be very different than what they've put out.

"X-Dreams" starts out with gentle guitar but it gets fuller and fuller until he's lighting it up.The tempo continue to change. "Tokamak" opens with someone laughing followed by a full sound with the guitar out in front as bass and drums support. "La Provence" is more laid back with outbreaks. Nice chunky bass after 5 minutes. "E-Gyptian" is uptempo with intricate guitar then it gets fuller.

"Highlands" sounds better. It's more relaxed and we get some piano. I like the bass. It picks up as contrasts continue. "Rushian" kicks in before a minute with guitar leading the way. It settles again. Marching style drums 3 1/2 minutes in as it builds. "Rockalaxy" is crunchy then it lightens up, but it's back and forth. "Catking" has vocals on it. It's heavier 2 1/2 minutes in then it settles back with vocals. Contrasts continue. It's an okay tune. "Subspace Destination" hits the ground running. This sounds so good but then it it settles the rest of the way.

I've had this one for a while but it's just never clicked with me. 3.5 stars for the playing alone.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

WARNING: Forum software upgrade in progress, login function maybe affected for some users during that time.

Send comments to Mellotron Storm (BETA) | Report this review (#282832)
Posted Thursday, May 20, 2010 | Review Permalink

7 FOR 4 Contact ratings only


chronological order | showing rating only

Post a review of 7 FOR 4 Contact


You must be a forum member to post a review, please register here if you are not.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

WARNING: Forum software upgrade in progress, login function maybe affected for some users during that time.

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: JazzMusicArchives.com — the ultimate jazz music virtual community | MetalMusicArchives.com — the ultimate metal music virtual community


Server processing time: 0.11 seconds