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Symphonic Prog • Norway


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WOBBLER is a Norwegian symphonic prog band that was formed in 1999 in Honefoss, Norway. The line-up consists of Lars Fredrik Froislie (of WHITE WILLOW)on keyboards, Kristian Karl Hultgren on bass guitar, Martin Nordrum Kneppen on drums, Morten Andreas Eriksen on electric and acoustic guitars and mandolin and Tony Johannessen on vocals. This group is strongly evocative of KING CRIMSON, GENESIS, GENTLE GIANT along with newer symphonic prog bands like ANGLAGARD and ANEKDOTEN with a dash of Scandinavian folk and classical influences thrown into the mix.

Their debut CD WOBBLER "Hinterland" contains long and complex tracks featuring lush, vintage keyboard sounds, making extensive use of Mellotron, Mini-Moog, Hammond C-3 and harpsichord, along with beautiful electric and acoustic guitar playing, a complex rhythm section along with flutes, recorder, saxophones, mandolins and various other instruments providing a very full, symphonic sound.

Highly recommended for fans of the early progressive greats and symphonic prog music.

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3.80 | 295 ratings
Hinterland
2005
3.81 | 238 ratings
Afterglow
2009
3.90 | 412 ratings
Rites At Dawn
2011
4.59 | 117 ratings
From Silence to Somewhere
2017

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4.00 | 4 ratings
Imperial Winter White Dwarf / Leprechaun Behind the Door
2003
4.50 | 2 ratings
Lß Bealtaine
2011
4.67 | 3 ratings
This Past Presence
2011

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 From Silence to Somewhere by WOBBLER album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.59 | 117 ratings

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From Silence to Somewhere
Wobbler Symphonic Prog

Review by javajeff

5 stars Wobbler continues to produce the highest quality modern progressive rock available. Hinterland, Afterglow, and Rites At Dawn are stellar albums that are the closest thing to that classic Yes sound from the 70s. Just sink into that comfortable chair or couch, and do nothing but listen. From Silence to Somewhere continues where the three predecessors left off, but advances their sound even more. First play, I felt right at home with the long passages, fantastic keyboard work, and all around amazing musicianship. The vocal tone and style of Andreas are so similar to Jon, that it is hard not to have the Yes comparisons ready. Wobbler is it's own group that will fuse some folk elements into the music. It is time to place them up there with all the great modern progressive rock groups. I have already queued up all four albums into a playlist at work, and I will play them for quite a while.
 From Silence to Somewhere by WOBBLER album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.59 | 117 ratings

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Wobbler Symphonic Prog

Review by Tasos2112

5 stars This is my very first review on prog archives and Wobbler's latest release has been haunting my player in such a degree that I had no other choice but to write about it.

Wobbler show exceptional musicianship in this album, both in compositions/song-writing and in executions. The arrangements are great, the production is ideal and every player is shining in here. Yes, Genesis, King Crimson, Gentle Giant and PFM play an important role in here but I think Wobbler integrated all these influences and have finally found their own voice.

Speaking of voices, Andreas Wettergreen Str'mman Prestmo has a unique taste and is very characteristic, adding a lot to the band's personality. I would not like to chose a particular player in here because every instrument is important in their sound and has its place there, but if I had to, Kristian Karl Hultgren could have been the main protagonist with the sweet a la Chris Squire bass tone and very interesting bass lines.

This is a release not to be overlooked. It possesses a unique quality, and Wobbler have definitely put a lot of effort to make the outcome so high-quality and interesting. In a few years it will be considered a classic, so all prog archives members should listen to this record now that it is fresh!

 From Silence to Somewhere by WOBBLER album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.59 | 117 ratings

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Wobbler Symphonic Prog

Review by rdtprog
Special Collaborator Prog Metal / Heavy Prog Team

5 stars This new adventure in the world of Wobbler represents the resurrection of a band who were in a bad mood after the departure of their guitar player Morten Andreas Eriksen. He has been replaced by Geir Marius Bergom Halleland which seems to have brought back some fresh air. The band's music is still old 70's symphonic prog rock using old vintage instruments, such as analog keys, mellotron, and flute. The first 20 minutes epic "From Silence to Somewhere" delivers some beautiful old symphonic prog rock with that inevitable link to some structures and sound of many bands of that genre such as Genesis, Anekdoten, and Focus. The song goes into some fascinating moods, powerful crescendos, and twirling content. The band navigates between atmosheres with refined delicacy. There are some marvelous melody lines by Lars Fredrik Fr°islie in a long instrumental section. Many delicate parts of the music in others section are reminiscent of some acoustic music of Hackett and there is a lot of similarity with the analog sound of the synths of Tony Banks. The sound of the flute is adding some energy and light to the melancholic and dark parts. The interlude "Rendered in Shades of Green" is quiet dispendable, but the 2 others tracks continue to the majestic grandeur of the first track which is half of the album duration. To me, this is the most mature album of the band that has reached the balance between emotions and musical creativity (or the heart and the brain) with some great melodies.
 From Silence to Somewhere by WOBBLER album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.59 | 117 ratings

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Wobbler Symphonic Prog

Review by poslednijat_colobar
Prog Reviewer

5 stars Polyphonic saturation mastery

This exceptional piece of art has been composed for 5 long years and it works on several different levels. From Silence to Somewhere by Wobbler is one of those albums that stuns me more with every new listening and feed itself from itself. An inexhaustible source of musical power, energy and gradation of every part to another. It passes smoothly without being smooth. The polished compositions allow the listener to build a knowledge of the album with every new listening. Being a flawlessly composed and performed, the album offers a lot of variable moments from the best prog structured pieces with harsh, gentle, polyphonic, nordic-sounding and complex musical ideas out of its main genre of symphonic prog, without emulates anything that has been done before and even overcoming a row of classics with huge innovative charge. Collecting the prog's heritage in an inimitably intensive way in terms of musicianship and songwriting From Silence to Somewhere is an inmost echo of the talent and hard work of Wobbler for the last 5 years, converting them to a prog giant. The album is highly recommended and a must for every profound music listener. Do not miss it!

A candidate for best album of 21st century so far and one of the most spectacular albums of all time!

 From Silence to Somewhere by WOBBLER album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.59 | 117 ratings

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From Silence to Somewhere
Wobbler Symphonic Prog

Review by shaunch

5 stars A pleasant Sunday morning in New Zealand and I am transported to the impending winter of Norway. For me, this is the best album of 2017 by a country mile. At first, the atmosphere did remind me of Gazpacho's "Demon" and yes there are hints of the 70's with nods to Yes but to be honest Wobbler have crafted their own sound. There isn't a note wasted during the four tracks on offer as they blend an array of instrumental atmospheres ranging from winter campfires, medieval courts, and Woodstock, as yet another unexpected groove appears from near silence to somewhere. This includes the vocals which are quirky, pleasant and melodic acting as part of the atmosphere rather than a separate entity. The title track and near 20 minute epic, just about carries all of the above and proves that the time taken to put this album together was well worth it. It even shows an improvement on their past offerings in terms of composition, as it weaves ideas together eventually coming back to ideas with variation, techniques unused on their debut "Hinterland" which had been my favorite to date. From then on the album doesn't let up in it's quality and at times actually gets better. The final track "Foxlight" manages to tick many boxes of prog for me. It has the melodic melancholy I enjoy in modern Marillion whilst breaking out into something, whilst nowhere near as heavy, that the more groove style of Black Sabbath might recognise. The only problems I have with this album is that I am finding it difficult to listen to anything else and I am going to have to wait another number of years for their next album.

Highly recommended,

 From Silence to Somewhere by WOBBLER album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.59 | 117 ratings

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From Silence to Somewhere
Wobbler Symphonic Prog

Review by BrufordFreak
Collaborator Jazz-Rock / Fusion / Canterbury Team

5 stars Though many sounds and riffs from old classic prog songs continue to pop up in their music, their self-proclaimed more collaborative, whole-band approach to song composition has really paid off in terms of rendering a distinctively fresh collection of songs. The musicianship is, as usual, extraordinary, but what strikes me more on this album is the remarkable diversity in musical and vocal instrumentation choices and styles. Like a Mike Oldfield album, I found myself sitting on the edge, waiting for whatever new and amazingly unexpected shift the music would take: from Yes-like to mediŠval to psychedelic to folk. Plus, in several places they were able to pull off one of the better incorporations of the GENTLE GIANT style that I've ever heard from a 21st Century artist.

1. "From Silence to Somewhere" (20:59) an interesting and unpredictable run through some older sounds and styles, shifting, as noted above, quite surprisingly and refreshingly from quite different dynamic ranges. These guys can really play! (9.25/10)

2. "Rendered in Shades of Green" (2:05) a pretty little treated piano solo with mellotron, synth strings, and tuned percussives mixed in for the second half. (9.25/10)

3. "Fermented Hours" (10:10) opens with the sounds and freneticism of Yes's "Sound Chaser" (which it seems to be inspired by--though it sounds a lot like "L6 Bealtine" from their last album, Rites at Dawn). The awesome organ work in the second quarter behind the more folksie vocals make for a nice section. The second half continues with the awesome organ work beneath some very Yes-like vocal and instrumental passages. I like the theatric shouts in the final minute just before the song crescendos and fades. (9/10)

4. "Foxlight" (13:19) opens acoustically (with 'tron): flutes, guitars, bass clarinet, glockenspiel, before vocal section begins its play over the top. Very delicate and beautiful! Then at 3:42 the delicacy ends and a loud, bombastic sequence of chords opens--though harpsichord support helps to balance it out. The vocal section starts out nice but then gets a little washed out by too many instruments soloing at the same time as the singing. A Spanish acoustic guitar chord sequence beneath the busy rock weave at 5:45 is nice but ends up fizzling out and letting the heavy cacophony resume its dominance. At 7:11 we get a reprieve and return to more acoustic, almost DOORS and GENTLE GIANT-like, instrumental section. I love this! I must say, the presence of the harpsichord is quite refreshing and welcomed. A kind of "Cinema Show" dream-sequence takes over at 8:40 over which some beautiful harmonized group vocals and flute play make their show. At 10:07 we get a true mediŠval/GENTLE GIANT section. The singer's voice even sounds a bit like an older Kerry Minnear. Great section! Horns (or, really, kazoos)! Probably my favorite on the album. Definitely my favorite song, overall. (9.5/10)

Five stars; a masterpiece of progressive rock music.

 From Silence to Somewhere by WOBBLER album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.59 | 117 ratings

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Wobbler Symphonic Prog

Review by Progfan97402

5 stars The wait was so long for Wobbler I simply assumed they broke up. Instead it simply took six years for them to follow up the great Rites at Dawn. Original guitarist Morten Andreas Eriksen had been replaced by Marius Halleland, which was truly the right move for the band. Nothing wrong with Morten, but if they needed a new guitarist, then they needed one compatible with the band, and of course Marius certainly fits the bill! He's at home with electric as the more calm Anthony Phillips or Steve Hackett acoustic end of things. Lars Fredrik Fr°islie is up to his usual bag of tricks with the analog keyboards, with plenty of Moog, Hammond organ and Mellotron, as always. Lars seems to be a busy man, also involving himself with White Willow, Tusm°rke, Opium Cartel, and others. This is a wonderful followup, with some incredible and intense playing from all around. The title track stretches to 20 minutes, and it doesn't bore you. This band figured out how to do a wonderful 20 minute piece. They had a little trouble on Hinterland with the 27 minute title track as it was a bit overlong for some. Not here. This is some incredible stuff, with some medieval stuff going on with the recorder, as well as some ─nglagňrd moves and lots of great jamming. "Rendered Shades of Green" is a really doomy sounding piano and Mellotron-dominated piece that's very short. "Fermented Hours" is nothing short of incredible, the intensity is incredible. They are certainly no slouches here. "Foxlight" demonstrated the new guitarist knack for those gentle acoustic parts as well as more rocking electric guitar parts, and with some medieval stuff on krumhorn towards the end with that Gryphon or Gentle Giant feel to it. They really topped it here. This is bound to be a classic as far as I'm concerned. The only drawback is we'll probably have to wait another several years for another release. The huge wait for something new from Wobbler got me thinking the still-obscure Jordsj° had appeared on the scene creating similar type of prog to fill the void (hopefully they won't stay totally obscure for long, I hope they get as much recognition as Wobbler, they already now have a deal with Karisma Records, which From Silence to Somewhere was released). With so few releases from Wobbler, it's probably good as well. They could have been The Flower Kings clogging the discography with overlong CDs (frequently double CDs clocking at over two hours) and that meant serious hit and miss, and it's clear Wobbler didn't want to go that way (quality over quantity). There is no doubt about it, From Silence to Somewhere is Wobber's crowing achievement and a must have!
 From Silence to Somewhere by WOBBLER album cover Studio Album, 2017
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Wobbler Symphonic Prog

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Norwegian band WOBBLER are veterans of the Norwegian progressive rock scene as well as a renowned and established name in progressive rock circles, with a career going 18 years back and with concerts in most parts of their world on their resume. So far they have four full length studio albums to their name. "From Silence to Somewhere" is the most recent of these, and is set for release in late October 2017 through Norwegian label Karisma Records.

While this is hardly news to anyone with more than a passing interest in progressive rock, Wobbler have made a name for themselves as purveyors of high quality, vintage era symphonic progressive rock, and they do not disappoint on this most recent album either. Those who know they enjoy music of this specific kind can safely add this album to their list of music that needs to be bought, whether they are familiar with this band already or not.

 Afterglow by WOBBLER album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.81 | 238 ratings

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Afterglow
Wobbler Symphonic Prog

Review by skog_prog

5 stars Now don't think I am biased based on my Wobbler profile pic! It is because of this album that Wobbler rose to become my favorite band. "The Haywain"- A stellar opening to the album. A refreshing medieval style piece with recorder. More to come later in the album! Short piece but doesn't lack beauty.

"Imperial Winter White"- An epic! This song covers a lot of ground in 15 minutes. This is the only track on the album with vocals and there aren't a whole lot. Now I have seen reviews saying the singer (Tony Johannessen) is a weak point but I disagree completely! His theatrical vocals tie together this epic track!

"Interlude" - An absolutely beautiful classical guitar piece! You feel as if Morten Eriksen (Wobbler's guitarist) is playing in the room with you! You can hear his fingers slide across the strings. You can really feel the emotion in this song as well as the rest of the album.

"In Taberna" - Another epic! Another track that covers a range of sounds both soft and melodic and harsh and unsettling. It starts off aggressive and loud. The medieval lull in the middle of the song is powerful and really creates an amazing mood for the rest of the song.

"Armoury" - Ending in similar fashion to the way it started. A brief medieval piece with recorder, crumhorn, and organ. Another memorable song that really closes out the album well.

Overall: I believe this to be Wobbler's best album so far (there others are great too :)). The fact that it was written when they were only teenagers makes it all the more impressive! If you like Anglagard or Gryphon you will like this album.

Cons of this album: Too short!!!! :D

 Rites At Dawn by WOBBLER album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.90 | 412 ratings

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Rites At Dawn
Wobbler Symphonic Prog

Review by Wicket
Prog Reviewer

1 stars I give up.

I thought these guys could actually put together a great instrumental album based off of "In Taberna". Instead, they turn into a Yes cover band.

Now, this isn't an insult to Yes at all, rather a compliment to just how good Yes is and was. Indeed, if I was half asleep or hungover, I'd probably mistake this album for a Yes album. The problem is, when you analyze bands that sound like Yes, you can't ever put them in the same category because the Yes sound is one uniquely their own, and so therefore every band afterwards that sounds like Yes isn't going to sound like Yes because they're not Yes. Clear?

So backing themselves up to this benchmark of greatness doesn't help, but then song after song sounds exactly like Yes, except less interesting and exciting. It's baffling. i have no idea why these guys decided to forgo their greatest asset (their instrumental skills) and decide to hide them behind a facade of cover band material.

Then again, maybe they have good drugs up there in Norway.

I gave them a shot but honestly, I just don't understand the praise. I do understand the band's main goal to recreate some of the 70's sounds, which is in essence going backwards, for a reason, but even then I still don't get 70's prog off this album. Just a cheap, imitation knockoff.

It's a shame, really. They could've done so much more, but if this is what they've been reduced to, then they're not for me.

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