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KORNMO

Symphonic Prog • Norway


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Founded in Trondheim, Norway in 2015

KORNMO is an instrumental trio formed in 2015 by bass guitarist Nils LARSEN (MORILD) and keyboardist Odd-ROAR BAKKEN (ADVENTURE). Anton J.R. LARSEN, son of Nils completes the line-up on drums. Their fits album "Svartizen" was released in 2017, and the second "Vandrig" is a big improvement in the songwriting department. The music is atmospheric symphonic prog with a Norvegian flavor. The band is working on a new album for 2020.

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3.38 | 4 ratings
Svartisen
2017
4.00 | 7 ratings
Vandring
2019

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 Svartisen by KORNMO album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.38 | 4 ratings

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Svartisen
Kornmo Symphonic Prog

Review by TenYearsAfter

3 stars FIRST REVIEW OF THIS ALBUM

Norwegian trio Kornmo arose early 2015 from the ashes of the band Morild which disbanded around 2014. Chief composer and bass player Nils Larsen wished to continue making music, but sought a slightly different challenge this time, namely focussing entirely on instrumental music. Along with his friend of 50 years and previous band mate from Morild, Odd-Roar Bakken, he started a new musical project to fulfil this wish. To complete the band, Nils asked his son Anton Larsen to join on drums, now Kornmo was formed. Kornmo is a project that solely records original progressive instrumental music, and the band does not perform any live gigs.

After my review about the second album entitled Vandring (2019) here are my words about Kornmo its debut album (2017, re-released in 2019). The title is inspired by the glacier found in Glomfjorden in the north of Norway by the same name, which loosely means 'the black ice'. The 11 instrumental tracks sound firmly in the symphonic rock tradition, the structure is very simple, with the focus is on embellishing the melodic and harmonic music with an intense guitar sound and wonderful vintage keyboards.

The one moment the climate is dreamy with acoustic guitar and soaring Mellotron violins, or tender piano and fragile electric guitar. The next moment you can enjoy slow and compelling atmospheres with moving guitar and lush Hammond, or sumptuous outbursts with flashy Minimoog flights (like in Fallvind) and fiery guitar runs. To me Camel sounds as a main source of inspiration, especially in the tracks Sn', Nordlys, Smeltevann (swirling Hammond and flashy pitchbend driven Minimoog), Uv'r (dynamic and bombastic with fiery guitar), Sn'tind (great work on the Hammond) and the beautiful closer F'n, a Symphonic Rock Heaven, the wonderful violin sound comes from the Nord Stage as a MIDI-keyboard.

Alongside Camel I also trace obvious elements from other Seventies symphonic rock bands and artists. But Kornmo certainly doesn't sound derivative, lots of own musical ideas, highly recommended to the symphomaniacs who are into simply structured but very tastefully arranged melodic and harmonic instrumental 24-carat symphonic rock.

My rating: 3,5 star.

 Vandring by KORNMO album cover Studio Album, 2019
4.00 | 7 ratings

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Vandring
Kornmo Symphonic Prog

Review by TenYearsAfter

4 stars FIRST REVIEW OF THIS ALBUM

'Norwegian three piece formation Kornmo arose early 2015 from the ashes of the band Morild which disbanded around 2014. Chief composer and bass player Nils Larsen wished to continue making music, but sought a slightly different challenge this time, namely focussing entirely on instrumental music. Along with his friend of 50 years and previous band mate from Morild, Odd-Roar Bakken, he started a new musical project to fulfil this wish. To complete the band, Nils asked his son Anton Larsen to join on drums, now Kornmo was formed. Kornmo is a project that solely records original progressive instrumental music, and the band does not perform any live gigs. Thus far this collaborative effort has yielded two albums: Svartisen (2017, remixed and remastered in 2019) and Vandring (2019). Kornmo is inspired by bands such as Camel and Jethro Tull, as well as artists like Mike Oldfield, Bj'rn J:son Lindh, and Pekka Pohjola, blended with a distinctive touch of Nordic folk tones'. Information provided by Anton Larsen, early July 2020.

This second effort from Norwegian trio Kornmo entitled Vandring is in the vein of the warmly welcomed debut album Svartisen: instrumental 24-carat symphonic rock that sounds melodic and harmonic, with flowing shifting moods and dynamic outbursts. It's pretty simply structured but very tastefully arranged with the focus on moving Hackett/Latimer-inspired guitar work and lush vintage keyboards, including lots of Hammond organ, along Mellotron and Minimoog. The rhythm-section does a solid job.

My highlights.

Many flowing changing amtospheres featuring with flashy Minimoog, a swirling Hammond soli, fiery and finally a heavy bombastic outburst with powerful guitar and lush Hammond in Oppbrudd.

A strong build-up from mellow to more lush, embellished with Mellotron, twanging guitar, Hammond and finally a howling twin guitar sound in Nord.

Another strong build-up from dreamy to bombastic featuring a vintage keyboard drenched final part and varied guitar work (Symphonic Rock Heaven) in Taiga.

First dreamy with piano and soaring keyboards, then a slow rhythm with lush Hammond waves, halfway beautiful cello play, culminating in a compelling dark atmosphere and moving guitar (Latimer/Hackett), and finally tender cello and and twanging guitar in Kveld.

The final track F'niks delivers a lush instrumentation and cascades of shifting moods: from a folky acoustic guitar and melancholical cello sound to a heavy explosion with raw rock guitar work and propulsive rhythm-section, then from moving guitar runs and Mellotron violins to bombastic with powerful and howling runs guitar with Hammond (again Symphonic Rock Heaven), concluded with a soaring tremolo Hammond sound, wow!

The band its first genuine epic composition, entitled Nunatak (close to 13 minutes) is the magnum opus on this second Kornmo album. The first part contains a blend of swinging piano, and bombastic outbursts with a church organ sound, and Mellotron flute. Halfway a slow rhythm with Minimoog and Hammond, and powerful electric guitar work with fiery runs. It sounds very dynamic. In the second part a swinging rhytmm with sensational pitchbend driven Minimoog solo, then melancholical violin classical sound, raw guitar and Mellotron violins. A nice musical idea is that this interlude is blended with the classical piece Bourree. Next fragile electric guitar and soaring Hammond, and a slow Minimoog solo. Finally a strongly build-up guitar solo, from sensitive to fiery, topped with lush Hammond, what a splendid, very compelling grand finale, this is Kornmo in its full splendor!

If you are up to simply structured and intense instrumental 24-carat symphonic rock Kornmo is a band to discover!

This review was previously published (in a different version) on the website of Background Magazine, the oldest Dutch progrock source.

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