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3.39 | 15 ratings | 3 reviews | 27% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2002

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Spacefunkopera (8:41)
2. Kamel uten filter (6:04)
3. Jiddisk juksepolka (4:07)
4. Verktøyet er den 23.veien (8:13)
5. Hulemysteriet (5:16)
6. Syk samba (6:27)
7. De 99 trappetrinn (10:06)

Total Time: 48:54

Line-up / Musicians

- Endre Begby / guitars
- Steinar Børve / saxophones, keyboards
- Jørgen Skjulstad / bass, piano (3), melodica (7)
- Trond Gjellum / drums, acoustic & e-percussion, mixing & mastering

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CDr self-released (2002, Norway)

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PANZERPAPPA Hulemysteriet ratings distribution

(15 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(27%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(47%)
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Review by Sean Trane
3 stars This is their second demo that had received an issue, and although theoretically out-of-print, the band still deals the demo through homemade CD-r. Mine arrived in a sampling bag with a large Norwegian orange info-sheet and a much smaller white English translation. Up to you to fit this into a jewel case or not: it doesn't fit without some adjustments. Musically speaking, if you know the group's two official releases, you'll get no surprises here either as the group develops their usual brand of avant-prog, somewhere between Miriodor, chamber music, & more symphonic Scandinavian prog (ala Angladotenberk) if you can believe: I know it might be difficult to "picture" their musical landscape, but that's about as good as I can make it.

On the one hand there is the soft avant-prog that a sedated Alamaailman Vasarat or Von Samla might dish out (Yiddish Fake Polka), at times, you'd swear you're listening to a Swedish Crimsonic version of Univers Zero (the title track), while some modern Norwegian symphonic bands like Wobbler or Gargamel are interfering in both the left and the right channel of your stereo hi-fi system. Among the better tracks is the lengthy Tool Is The 23rd Solution with its wild interplay and constant breaks. And the closing 99 Steps with its loadful of mellotrons and trons of changes is not too shabby either, but my fave must be Sick Samba.

While not really all that essential Hulemysteriet to progheads, it is quite a nice "mise-en-bouche" and personally, I consider this "demo" as a perfect complement those two full-blown prog "legit" albums.

Review by apps79
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars In early 2001 Panzerpappa started writing down material for a second album, but soon Knut Tore Abrahamsen had to leave the band, as he got married and was going to move to Denmark.His replacement was a friend of Gjellum, Endre Begby.Rehearsals proove to be a difficult thing, as Jorgen Skjulstad was busy with other commitments, but when Panzerpappa entered the Sogn Studios in late 2001 they sounded as solid as ever.The recordings were finished in February 2002 and the new album ''Hulemysteriet'' was released later in the year.

The partly chaotic debut of the band had now given its place to a cohesive, complex and rich Progressive Rock with dominant R.I.O. and Jazz influences, while for the first time Panzerpappa start to resemble strongly to their heroes SAMLA MAMMAS MANNA.The KING CRIMSON influence is still apparent in the guitar parts and the cold rhythm section, however the smoother playing of Begby seems more suitable to Panzerpappa's style.The all instrumental tracks are full of calm and more powerful sax interventions, very complicated ideas with breaks and dissonant textures as well as some nice interplays with a cool Scandinavian taste.Still the album is not emotionless, as there are plenty of great, pleasant and optimistic tunes with light folky vibes around.The keyboards remain a second choice for Steinar Borve, but when used they make the sound even richer and definitely more charming.Relaxed Mellotron passages with an ANEKDOTEN touch, careful use of synths and some dramatic, nostalgic organ washes reveal Panzerpappa's potential in full mode.The Norwegians eventualy use their technical accomplishment to compose pieces that work well between emphatic, complicated themes and more lightweight overtones for their own good.

Very good follow-up to the rather problematic debut of the group.Conveincing, well-executed instrumental Progressive Rock for all lovers of irritating and challenging listening adventures.Strongly recommended...3.5 stars.

Latest members reviews

4 stars This is the first album by PANZERPAPPA that I heard, and I'd like to open to this review by saying that it's very good! When you first read the name of the band and face some slight reading comprehension problem you can think that it's something like PANZER ZAPPA, maybe a FRANK ZAPPA tribute b ... (read more)

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