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3.86 | 36 ratings | 3 reviews | 17% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2013

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Antics (12:20)
2. The Fall of Troy (6:30)
3. Clandestine (4:07)
4. Tachyon (6:24)
5. Ritual (6:02)
6. Red Eye (11:02)

Total Time: 46:25

Line-up / Musicians

- Trond Frønes / bass
- Kenneth Kapstad / drums
- Even Helte Hermansen / guitar
- Erlend Slettevoll / keyboards
- Ola Kvernberg / violin, viola

Releases information

CD Rune Grammofon RCD 2139 (2013 Norway)
LP Rune Grammofon RLP 3139 (2013 Norway)

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GRAND GENERAL Grand General ratings distribution

(36 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(17%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(46%)
Good, but non-essential (31%)
Collectors/fans only (6%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

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Review by Mellotron Storm
4 stars Norway seems to be the latest hot-spot these days when it comes to Progressive music and certainly the "Rune Grammofon label is helping in that regard. GRAND GENERAL was originally called the KENNETH KAPSTAD GROUP as they formed to play at a Jazz festival in Norway. They decided to change their name to GRAND GENERAL and this is their self-titled debut from 2013. Kenneth Kapstad by the way is the drummer for MOTORPSYCHO which is also on the "Rune Grammofon" label along with such bands as SHINING, ELEPHANT9, KROKOFANT, PANZERPAPPA and many more. GRAND GENERAL features members that have either "Metal" backgrounds or contemporary Jazz backgrounds. The music at times reminds me of MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA especially with the violin being so prominant, and ELEPHANT9 came to mind at times. The guitarist is from BUSHMAN'S REVENGE also on the Rune Grammofon label.

"Antics" is the longest tune at 12 1/2 minutes and it opens with this raw sounding guitar as the violin joins in with cymbals then bass as it builds. Things pick up after 1 1/2 minutes as they continue to jam. A heavier vibe arrives just before 3 minutes then the organ joins in bringing to mind ELEPHANT9. Some excellent drum work here. The violin starts to lead then it's the guitars turn then the organ as they continue to jam heavily. What an intense and heavy opening number. "The Fall Of Troy" has a heavy and melodic intro then it settles into a really good groove with the violin playing over top. Again the drumming is outstanding. The guitar comes to the fore 2 1/2 minutes in then the violin is back leading a minute later. The guitar is lighting it up 5 1/2 minutes in. "Clandestine" has this sparse beginning that slowly builds. Love the restraint here that really recalls MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA as it seems like it's going to break-out but it never really does. A stunning piece.

"Tachyon" has a punchy rhythm to it then the violin joins in after 1 1/2 minutes playing over top. Keyboards replace the violin a minute later. Here comes the violin again after 3 1/2 minutes ripping it up. It calms down some around 5 minutes but still sounds amazing. "Ritual" is my favourite and it has this eerie atmosphere to start as random sounds come and go in an experimental manner. It starts to become melodic 2 1/2 minutes in as the drums and violin create a groove. The guitar joins in as well as we get a solid Jazz/Fusion flavour. "Red Eye" has a good groove to it with fuzzed out bass. It does settle back some before 3 minutes as the violin solos over top. Again the drumming is outstanding. The violinist is really putting on a show here then the guitar replaces the violin after 5 1/2 minutes. The violin is back after 9 minutes then a big finish.

Fans of MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA and ELEPHANT9 really should check this band out as they are incredible. A very solid 4 stars, maybe closer to 4.5 stars.

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4 stars I have listened to "Grand General"'s record Grand General which was released this year. It is a Norwegian jazz rock band made up by Trond Frönes on bass, Kenneth Kapstad on drums, Even Helte Hermansen on guitar, Erlend Slettevoll on keyboards and Ola Kvernberg on violin and viola and this is t ... (read more)

Report this review (#1045175) | Posted by DrömmarenAdrian | Friday, September 27, 2013 | Review Permanlink

4 stars I clicked on this under the new release section on the homepage and the sub-genre for this album said Jazz Rock/Fusion which is not really a genre I listen to that much. Looked around for a version to listen to and there was nothing on Bandcamp, but it was on the Amazon MP3 store so I checked ou ... (read more)

Report this review (#1011593) | Posted by Wolfhound | Monday, August 5, 2013 | Review Permanlink

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