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Jazz Rock/Fusion • Germany


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7FOR4 are four very talented guys from Munich/Germany. Maybe talented is not the right term here because all four dispose of experience and know-how. Wolfgang Zenk who impresses with his virtuos guitar playing was a member of the German prog metal band SIEGES EVEN (which can also be found in the Prog Archives) as well as leader and lecturer of MGI München (Munich), Germany's best known institute for professional guitar education. Markus Grützner played bass for several Jazz/Fusion bands and did so on several European tours of the well known Broadway musical "Hair". Klaus Engl also is a lecturer, he works for the drum-institute "Drummer's Focus" and played together with Markus Grützner in a Heavy-Rock band. The keyboard player Markus Froschmeier has his roots in the classical genre and adds some of his influences to the general sound of the band.

Speaking about general sound I have to mention that it is quite difficult to find a term describing the style applicatively. Besides the fact that the music is all instrumental, you can say that it is a mixture of Prog Metal and Jazz Rock/Fusion, sounding as if LTE and the MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA get together. But nearly every song seems to have different influences so you can find tunes with a country, "gypsy music" or Brazilian samba flavour, most of it played incredibly fast.

The band released two albums so far. The first one called "Contact" was released in 2001. Their current album is called "Time" and was released in 2004. Both albums are incredible and feature the quite unique sound I described above as well as awesome cover artwork. You can't say which of them is the better one. My suggestion is that you purchase both.

With that said I can end with mentioning that I really recommend checking out this terrific band. If you have the chance to get one of their albums, don't wait and grape it. If you even have the chance to see them live, don't falter, I can tell you that it's really worth the effort, I've seen them and they really blew me away.

: : : Martin Dietrich, GERMANY : : :

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4.04 | 43 ratings
Contact
2001
3.50 | 35 ratings
Time
2004
3.44 | 35 ratings
Diffusion
2008
3.96 | 16 ratings
Splash
2014

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 Contact by 7 FOR 4 album cover Studio Album, 2001
4.04 | 43 ratings

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Contact
7 for 4 Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Mario R.

5 stars At a glimpse 7 FOR 4 is a German mature, lofty and sophisticated band gathering some other extremely interesting distinctive features at the same time being very unknown at least outside its country borders. The huge gap between the inherent quality deriving from these attributes and their very poor media exposure makes from this band one of the biggest surprises in the field of good prog with the mention that their music melts many influences beyond the metal prog as first impression assigned thereof.

While saluting and respecting the existing biography (a good ground for the German natives audiophiles) that points out the solid background of the band members, this complementary intro intends to make one step focused towards the features that defines the personality of this amazing band.

7 FOR 4 is one of those rare bands that make no compromise for commercial reasons and no abuse of eclecticism just to impress while touching in an enchanting way the highest music-filters of a listener mind. The band members are not simply guided by the idea of channeling the group energy for widening the audience but for expressing their own concepts at an upper class standard.

It is a band with a remarkable capacity to look at a song motive from different angles and then to lift it up - usually in contemplative (or even 'meditative' as a very competent friend suggested me) steps - to higher levels. A main band hallmark is that it frequently succeeds to assort in an original and truly recognizable manner these peak points with brilliant fluid and even magmatic passages.

A special mention for their presumed hard preparation work: carefully selected transitions between passages and delightful assorted atmospheric backgrounds are in detail arranged for emphasizing these 'climax' moments.

One may argue that sometimes 7 FOR 4 may sound like Rush or Malmsteen, like moments of Derek Sherinian and Planet X, like Focus (in their elevated sequences) or even like the much colder Liquid Tension Experiment etc. I would not contradict them at all but in this case these similarities have no negative connotation (as the lack of ideas) but rather prove this band positive chameleonic capacity to explore, in a fine and exquisite manner, divers corners of good prog music making use of its members' impressive virtuosity. Among them Wolfgang Zenk glares as his astonishing versatility that covers an incredible wide range of guitar techniques is breaking all barriers between artist and instrument leaving free way to express his ideas.

In conclusion, although they have not quite opened a new door, their very high quality music and genuine approach combined with a distinctive expression stile are strongly recommending them for listeners and for a reconsideration of their recognition at a higher level.

Their first album, CONTACT (2001), is simply a gem to which, if the site had allowed, I would have offered 4.5 stars because it clearly reflects the before mentioned conclusion.

If I would go higher with the appreciations you would be probably inclined to look cautious. Therefore, with apologies for the limits coming from the fact that I am not a English mother tongue speaker, I am inviting you, despite possible preconceived ideas, to allow your precious time for listening this sensational band starting with this album that fully deserves your attention.

X Dreams = setting from the beginning the band's overall approach: introspective and atmospheric track with thematic transpositions are capturing the listener in a flight over the expected borders. The well positioned in between tempo cuts reminds us the main motive and are linked through elegant and inspired transition passages. One of this band highlights.

Tokamak = a half step aside the main line, a sample proving their capacity to compose songs with the mark 'speed & cold" that might have encouraged comparisons between them and Liquid Tension Experiment.

La Provence = starting with a nice classic motive (reminding of Focus) is then attaching some heavy rhythms - apparently changing the direction - for coming back before mid-track with the initial motive at higher speed and upper elevation. After a short dreaming moment a second tour is lifted up with the support of the foreground guitar that leads the fluid music being afterwards followed by some nice jazzy rhythms. A fine and creative idea and a proof of band's capacity to approach complex thematic explorations and one of the album peaks.

E-Ggyptian = flavour and energy spread over a complex technical texture. The Mediterranean motive from the beginning (as in Di Meola first albums) is mixed with high energy and fluid episodes (the fine mark of this band). Though one of the most appreciated songs by critics, the harsh jumps between those two facets does not allow the band to fully 'exploit' the whole potential of this valuable theme.

Highlands = again in the stream of this album with good passages and high level of emotion injected from its beginning. Very successful thematic variations doubled by nice contemplative approach. A title consonant with the message transferred and a beautiful lyric end.

Rushian = a sort of instigative beginning (a combination resulted from the oriental motive plus the obsessive background) used for further developments that reminds of Derek Sherinian's construction style. The passage in the middle sounds a little bit like Straits' Telegraph Road and is followed by bright ascending spiral final part (a 7 FOR 4 hallmark).

Rockalaxy = the electric start on an anonymous speedy theme does not reveal the fine moody introspection searches it evolves afterwards. Theatrical orchestral passages combined with fluid guitar transitions are framing these different style sequences. The jump between sensible sequences and the powerful ones are of wonderful quality. Without being a memorable track it proves the high standard and self confidence level the band has achieved.

Catking = surprisingly, a song with voices. Much darker, with many faster and technical passages is combining diverse stiles (with 7 FOR 4 fusion is as usually at ease ).

Subspace Distortion = a high speed start with lot of organ in the back followed by atmospheric interludes and then a bass preparation for Zenk's clear chords which turn soon into an energetic fluid magma that reveals us eventually the initial motive. A courageous and good ending song, not so comestible, that lets the door on the jar for future prospection.

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 Time by 7 FOR 4 album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.50 | 35 ratings

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Time
7 for 4 Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by apps79
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3 stars Drummer Klaus Engl shared his time between 7 For 4 and his earlier band Serum, but as Serum demised in 2003 he focused on his work with the emerging Heavy Fusion German act, which was now moving on to the recordings of a second album, titled ''Time'' and eventually released on MGI in 2004.Female singer Conny Kreitmeier, who later collaborated with several German acts like Panzerpappa, RPWL or Schizofrantik, participates in one track.

Do not expect any signs of stylistical changes between ''Time'' and ''Contact'', this was another Heavy Prog album by the Germans, fusing primarly the jazzy looseness with other styles such as Heavy Metal, Neo-Classical Music and a bit of Funk.Wolfgang Zenk tries really hard to keep a balance between egoistic guitar manipulations or virtuosic soloing and more melodic offerings, either way or another his repertoire includes complex hooks and twists along with furious soloing, characterizing more or less the material played by the whole band.While acts such as PLANET X or LIQUID TENSION EXPERIMENT are the obvious comparisons, I can even here echoes of vintage groups such as FOCUS or RUSH in 7 For 4's material, from the old-styled jazzy fests of JAN AKKERMAN to the powerful leads of ALEX LIFESON.Like many contemporary Heavy Rock and Prog Metal acts, 7 For 4 have an evident tendency to add some Classical terms in their music.Keyboard parts are great, ranging from frenetic flashes to dominant runs with the piano providing even some Avant-Garde lines in the process.The result is an album of almost all instrumental music for fans of Tech Prog Rock and Metal with endless thematic turns.Only exception comes from ''Where are you now'', the track that features the performance of Conny Kreitmeier, and sounds like a mix of KING CRIMSON-ian Fusion with Alternative Rock, pretty decent but a bit out of the album's mood.

I can't say that ''Time'' is close to the masterful tracks composed by LIQUID TENSION EXPERIMENT, but there is some great instrumental stuff contained in here and if you like technical but balanced Prog Fusion with a heavier edge this is a very good effort.Recommended.

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 Splash by 7 FOR 4 album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.96 | 16 ratings

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Splash
7 for 4 Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Ovidiu

4 stars Fourth album for this very talented band from Munich-Germany!For those who don't know what is it about- 7 for 4 is the band of the former SIEGES EVEN guitar player Wolfgang Zenk!The guy made 2 great albums with SIEGES EVEN-SOPHISTICATED and UNEVEN!With his own band 7 for 4,he is at the 4-th try,and he released another excellent instrumental jazz metal-fusion album,which is absolutelly stunning-like all the 3 previous ones!Great musicianship,great diversity and fabulous production aswell!No weak track,all the musicians in the band are top class-all tracks are very well composed and we don't have a single moment of boredom at the audition of this inspired album!Of course,guitar is the leading instrument,but all the other guys in the band have their role and importance,the album is the fruit of a team work and it has all the ingredients to be called a great album!Enjoy a great musical experience!4.5 stars for me!

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 Diffusion by 7 FOR 4 album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.44 | 35 ratings

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7 for 4 Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by b_olariu
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3 stars Third album from this little known jazz fusion/metal band from Germany, the release is named Diffusion from 2008 is ais another goody one . As previous albums the musicianship is awesome, maybe in laces the lack of strong ideas makes from this album just ok, with sporadicaly great moments. The combination of jazz fusion elements with prog metal arrangements makes from Diffusion a pleasent listning, the perfect example is the piece Indigo dunes, the rest is also good. I can say that their previous album Time is their best from the three. If I want to listen to solid catchy jazz fusion prog, intresting with fabulous musicianship I've always prefere Niacin and others , but also 7 for 4 is a quite good aquisition. 3 stars maybe 3.5 in places

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 Time by 7 FOR 4 album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.50 | 35 ratings

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7 for 4 Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by b_olariu
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3 stars 7 for 4 is a german jazz fusion band who has three albums since now. This one Time is their second one from 2004. Hmm intristing combinations of jazz - fusion prog metal . The album is mainly instrumental with some exceptions, that means they have enough space to demonstarate their skills in prog music. The musicians are very talented , that is clear when you pieces like: Zeitgeist,TempERAmento or Where Are You Now (with a beautiful female voice of Conny Kreitmeier), the rest of the pieces are ok, but sometimes is to much noodleings that makes me go to sleep, nothing special, but as whole the album is a good one. We have here as main composer the guitarist from the famous german prog metal band Sieges Even - Wolfgang Zenk. He knew how to create something pleasent combining some very intristing riffs with some pleasent and very intriguing solos - from jazz smoothness to some latin parts here and there, some prog metal chops melted with jazz give to the listner a special atmosphere. So a good album, that desearves for sure 3.5 stars, I can't give more because of that parts that are a little boring. Worth couple of spins, nothing groundbreaking but ok and inventive in places, similar with Anomaly (the dutch one), LTE or Gordian Knot.

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 Contact by 7 FOR 4 album cover Studio Album, 2001
4.04 | 43 ratings

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7 for 4 Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Mellotron Storm
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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.

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 Contact by 7 FOR 4 album cover Studio Album, 2001
4.04 | 43 ratings

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7 for 4 Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Ovidiu

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!

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 Time by 7 FOR 4 album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.50 | 35 ratings

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7 for 4 Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by entangled

3 stars 7 for 4 is a german jazz fusion band who has three albums since now. This one Time is their second one from 2004. Hmm intristing combinations of jazz - fusion prog metal in places some folkish elements ar added here and there, the resoult is 7 for 4. The album is mainly instrumental with some exceptions, that means they have enough spave to demonstarate their skills in prog music. The musicians are very talented , that is clear when you pieces like: Zeitgeist,TempERAmento or Where Are You Now (with a beautiful female voice of Conny Kreitmeier), the rest of the pieces are ok, but sometimes is to much noodleings that makes me go to sleep, nothing special, but as whole the album is a good one. We have here as main composer the guitarist from the famous german prog metal band Sieges Even - Wolfgang Zenk. He new how to manage to create something pleasent combining some very intristing riffs with some pleasent and very intriguing solos - from jazz smoothness to some latin parts here and there, some prog metal chops melted with jazz give to the listner a special atmosphere. So a good album, that desearves for sure 3 stars, I can't give more because of that parts that are a little boring. Worth couple of spins, nothing groundbreaking but ok and inventive in places, similar with Anomaly (the dutch one), LTE or Gordian Knot.

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 Contact by 7 FOR 4 album cover Studio Album, 2001
4.04 | 43 ratings

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7 for 4 Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by crimson87
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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

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 Time by 7 FOR 4 album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.50 | 35 ratings

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Time
7 for 4 Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by toroddfuglesteg

3 stars What a nice surprise. This German band does a mix of Dream Theater like prog metal and fusion/jazz. Add some Canterbury scene and instrumental guitar music (Steve Vai etc etc) into the mix and you get 7 For 4. Most of all; this band sounds like Dream Theater goes fusion. Or like them if they decide to do this. Most of the music is instrumental only, but there are some female vocals on a couple of the tunes here.

The result is pretty good. I guess this is music for the musicians out there. The standard of the musicians is on the highest level. The standard of the tunes are not that good. The tunes tends to be pretty anonyme. None of the tunes are remarkable. But the overall quality of the album is good. I guess Dream Theater fans with interest in jazz and fusion will declare their interest in 7 For 4. I am missing the really good tunes.

3 stars and I am off to buy the other two 7 For 4 albums.

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