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Symphonic Prog • Norway


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Founded in Hønefoss, Norway in 1999

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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3.81 | 408 ratings
Hinterland
2005
3.84 | 347 ratings
Afterglow
2009
4.00 | 562 ratings
Rites at Dawn
2011
4.36 | 742 ratings
From Silence to Somewhere
2017
4.30 | 321 ratings
Dwellers of the Deep
2020

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4.78 | 9 ratings
Wobbler (demo)
2003
4.33 | 9 ratings
Lá Bealtaine
2011
4.20 | 10 ratings
This Past Presence
2011
4.74 | 27 ratings
Five Rooms
2020
4.42 | 19 ratings
Naiad Dreams
2020

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 From Silence to Somewhere by WOBBLER album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.36 | 742 ratings

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From Silence to Somewhere
Wobbler Symphonic Prog

Review by Dream_Nebula

5 stars This is one of my top 3 albums that came out in the last 2 decades. I first heard this album back in 2019 and ever since then I have listened to it often. I love all Wobbler albums but this one has to be my favorite. This album is Wobbler's Close To The Edge. The album starts off with a bang with From Silence to Somewhere (the epic of the album) It is really hard to explain how incredible this track is. The song has some great keyboards, drumming and I also enjoy the flute here. But every musician here is outstanding. From Silence to Somewhere is one of the best songs I have from a "modern" progressive rock band. Next we have Rendered in Shades of Green, which is a nice and short keyboard orientated song that I consider to be an opener to the next track Fermented Hours. This song is spectacular from start to finish. At around 4:30 into the song a melody starts that I just love so much. But to be honest, every second of this track is exceptional. Foxlight is the last track on the album and is another great song. I really enjoyed the guitar during the beginning of this track and the melody during 10:21. This is another extraordinary song and extraordinary album. Overall this album is definitely a masterpiece and one of my favorite albums of all time. I would recommend this album to everyone.

From Silence to Somewhere - 5/5

Rendered in Shades of Green - 4/5

Fermented Hours - 5/5

Foxlight - 5/5

Overall - 5/5

 Dwellers of the Deep by WOBBLER album cover Studio Album, 2020
4.30 | 321 ratings

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Dwellers of the Deep
Wobbler Symphonic Prog

Review by Alhambraf3

3 stars It is difficult to be objective when evaluating the album of a band whose previous album was recognized as a masterpiece, and in a fairly short time after its release. The new album was supposed to give an answer to the band's claims to be the leaders of the modern progressive rock scene.

The originality compared to the previous albums has become even less, and the similarity with YES is even more. And in some moments, the musicians literally copy the techniques and style of YES ("Five Rooms"). However, in the last composition, you can also hear the Van der Graaf Generator from the times of " H To He...".

But the main problem, in my opinion, is still not in this. The album simply lacks variety, bright and beautiful melodies, it is boring and dull. There are some beautiful melodic finds on the album, but this is definitely not enough for the No. 1 band of the modern prog scene. In addition, the same problem can be traced from album to album, which has long been a trend - weak compositional work. Some parts of the compositions are literally roughly glued together. A striking example is "By the Banks", namely, a return to the initial theme after a very beautiful (the most beautiful on the album) harpsichord piece in the finale - the harmonic sounds just crooked and not justified, the return to the key is not prepared, and there is a strong feeling that the musicians simply do not know how to do it correctly. In addition, compositionally, the music is very static. Musicians are so busy with the facade that they forget about what is behind it.

Two points for the music, one plus one for past achievements and my love for YES, for a total of three.

Finally, I would like to ask a question - what would be your assessment of this album out of context " From silence..."

 Dwellers of the Deep by WOBBLER album cover Studio Album, 2020
4.30 | 321 ratings

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Dwellers of the Deep
Wobbler Symphonic Prog

Review by Isaac Peretz

2 stars First Impression:

How do you follow up an album like "From Silence To Somewhere"? With something like Dwellers Of The Deep, of course!

SilverLight59 mentioned the probability of this band being in a "Supernova" state, a state in which the band starts pulling out masterpieces one after the other, but their creative fuel starts running out very quickly. And that's the most probable case, since even beasts like Pink Floyd or Genesis suffered that status. The least probable case is that this has become the standard album quality for Wobbler, and if that's the case then Wobbler might actually be the best symphonic Prog-Rock band in the world.

Dwellers Of The Deep doesn't fall short compared to the band's previous effort, infact, it tops their previous album in some certain areas! Just like From Silence To Somewhere, the albums includes four tracks, one of them being a long epic, From Silence To Somewhere with its title track and Dwellers Of The Deep with Merry Macabre, which are the absolute best from their respective albums (And modern prog rock in general (^o^)). Not only is the music quality of DOTD even more consistent than FSTS's, but the production of the album is even more polished and enjoyable (That's not to say the production of the albums before was mediocre, it was still pretty good).

Just like the album before, this is an absolute must for anyone who enjoys Symphonic Prog Rock. Let's just pray that Wobbler continues this album streak furthermore!

Current thoughts on the album:

My updated opinion on this album is more or less the same as the one in From Silence To Somewhere: It's not original! It sounds like Yes even more than its predecessor which makes it even less creative. While I do think this is slightly worse than FSTS, it still has it's great moments. It's just that they really haven't developed their own sound, their own trademark, something you can instantly recognize them with. It sounds like a bizarre Yes album. Again if you like Symphonic Prog you will really enjoy this album, it's just that this album really didn't grow on me at all

I know this current thought almost entirely contradicts my first one...

But hey! Opinions change and I've gotten a wider spectrum when it comes to prog. And I have come to the conclusion that this album isn't special. If you enjoy this album and think it's a 5-Star effort, it's perfectly fine! We hear different things compared to others and that's perfectly fine! With that said, I think it's a two star album.

 From Silence to Somewhere by WOBBLER album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.36 | 742 ratings

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From Silence to Somewhere
Wobbler Symphonic Prog

Review by Isaac Peretz

2 stars First Impression:

It's very hard to explain why this album came out as strikingly astonishing as the album shows, despite having a considerably average line of albums preceding it.

Wobbler, a Symphonic Progressive Rock band from Norway, proved themselves capable of making outstanding works in their fourth album, "From Silence To Somewhere". The first very notable influence in this album (and band) is Yes, and King Crimson also plays a serious aspect in this specific album, with the raw Hammond keyboards presented in Larks' Tongues In Aspic (Pretty funny how even the artwork of FSTS is similar to LTIA's). After five arduous years for their fans, the band released their magnum opus (at that time), which sounded like it was taken right out of a 70s prog album catalog. This is a must-have for anyone who enjoys Yes, King Crimson and/or Genesis, or for anyone who enjoys symphonic Progressive Rock in general.

My current thoughts about the album:

Ok I'm changing the rating to two stars. This album really hasn't grown on me at all. I guess the first impression really caught me in but I've been recently listening and discovering Yes and this really brought this album's (and Dwellers') quality down. It's perfectly fine to copy an artist, but as long as you use that to create your own sound, and Wobbler isn't succeeding at that second part. This is not original. It sounds like a strange amalgamation between Yes and King Crimson: Like if Yes had done Larks Tongues In Aspic.

Of course this album is good, but only for the fans. And considering Dweller's Of The Deep sounds even more like Yes is starting to worry me that Wobbler will just become a Yes Wannabe.

I know this current thought almost entirely contradicts my first one...

But hey! Opinions change and I've gotten a wider spectrum when it comes to prog. And I have come to the conclusion that this album isn't special. If you enjoy this album and think it's a 5-Star effort, it's perfectly fine! We hear different things compared to others and there's nothing wrong with that! With that said, I think it's a two star album.

 Rites at Dawn by WOBBLER album cover Studio Album, 2011
4.00 | 562 ratings

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Rites at Dawn
Wobbler Symphonic Prog

Review by Progfan97402
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5 stars To me this is the first truly great Wobbler album. These guys had really done their homework here. I honestly didn't miss their previous vocalist Tony Johannessen as his vocals were a bit difficult for me to take. In comes Andreas Prestmo, once a vocalist for Les Fleurs du Mal (an early incarnation of Tusmørke) and his vocals are more easy on my ears. The band was no longer trying to be the next Änglagård but they went for a more melodic symphonic prog approach with obvious Yes and Gentle Giant influences. The songs are shorter but a couple pieces do go over 10 minutes. Lars Fredrik Frøislie had purchased himself a Chamberlin M1 from an American seller and puts it to good use alongside his Mellotron. Here the music has an even more retro vibe to the point you could be easily fooled for a '70s recording. The music has a more pastoral feel despite largely using electric instruments. The band also kept the album around 45 minutes just right for a single LP. Nothing like the Flower Kings where a two CD set totaling 2 hours is modest. For me Rites at Dawn is the first in a winning streak that continues with From Silence to Somewhere and Dwellers of the Deep. This is their first essential album that's a must have!
 Rites at Dawn by WOBBLER album cover Studio Album, 2011
4.00 | 562 ratings

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Rites at Dawn
Wobbler Symphonic Prog

Review by Muskrat

4 stars New start.

After ten years of slump where few progs seem to appreciate the music offered by Wobbler, Lars Fredrik Froislie's team decides to change direction. In this decision, the choice of Andreas Prestmo as the new singer is decisive. The clear timbre of his voice which immediately recalls that of Yes (a strange mix between John Anderson and Cris Squire), and the almost constant presence of the song within the pieces, naturally directs the band's music in a new direction. Despite this, the release of Rites at Dawn did not bring the expected success. Many now blame the group for being too influenced by Yes. However, we are light years away from a tasteless Starcastle clone!

I think those nostalgic for Yes (and to a lesser extent for Gentle Giant, the voice of Andreas at 1:46 from "In Orbit") will be delighted to discover this record. It offers warm and brilliant music, with many alternations between calm and very fast moments. The dark and tortured influence of Anglagard is left aside but Wobbler keeps a rich instrumentation (bassoon, saxophone, flute, glockenspiel), which has been its specificity for more than ten years. In the same way the Scandinavian folk influence is neglected, only the central passage of "The River" is an exception. Lars Fredrik's Wakemanesque piano parts evoke Fragile and Kristian Karl's rumbling bass bring us back to our memories. Also new for the group, we hear here and there many nods to Genesis (for example the intro of "A Fairie's Play", or "In Orbit" at 5:53).

Over the years, recognition of Wobbler's phenomenal work as a symphonic prog band grew, and Rites at Dawn saw their notoriety rise. It is deserved !

 Afterglow by WOBBLER album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.84 | 347 ratings

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Afterglow
Wobbler Symphonic Prog

Review by Muskrat

5 stars Why didn't Wobbler impose himself at the time as Anglagard did? It will always remain a mystery for me? We are nevertheless in the same register: acoustic / electric alternations, many changes of tempo, an exacerbated contrast between violence and calm, harshness and softness, complexity and simplicity, traditional and modern music. We therefore find the same mixture of influences: Scandinavian folk and progressive rock from the 70ths like Yes, King Crimson or Gentle Giant (the only difference being that Anglagard included in Hybris contributions from Genesis). The quality of the quasi-instrumental compositions is there, the recording is irreproachable, the instrumentation rich (flute, cello, medieval instruments).

So what, what have you to sulk about your pleasure? Maybe it's because what Woobler was offering was less aggressive and less tortured? Or that you blame him for imitating Anglagard? For my part, I could only praise them for making me relive the emotions I experienced when I discovered Hybris. Afterglow is a perfect success where three short acoustic pieces frame two epic long suites. The keyboard and leader of the group, Lars Fredrik Froisli, uses a very wide range of instruments (Mellontrons, Hammond, Moog, Rhodes, clavinet, piano) and mainly complements his playing with that of Rick Wakeman (for example the grandiose finale of Armory!). We also find to a lesser extent the influences of Keith Emerson and Kerry Minnear. The atmosphere of this record is rather dark, with multiple sublime passages loaded with emotion. This is really what I expect from a Scandinavian band, typical of their culture and mythology.

I also like Wobbler.2 which is more in line with current progs' expectations, but my preference will always go to the first two Wobbler.1 albums. Afterglow is a record that I will probably never get tired of.

 Wobbler (demo) by WOBBLER album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2003
4.78 | 9 ratings

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Wobbler (demo)
Wobbler Symphonic Prog

Review by prog_traveller!!

5 stars Wobblers 2003 EP demo finally sees the light on the day. These versions of two epics were not available for 15 years I think. If epics like Imperial Winter White Dwarf and Leprechaun Behind the Door are the first thing you release then there is not a question that you will be one of the best prog bands ever. Songs originally recorded in 1999 are filled with amazing musical work, really heavy peaces with various styles of music. Strong Hammond followed by rest of the band really exploring the depths of compositions and their ability, makes this 30 minute ride monumental and delivers strong quality and symphonic prog at it's best.
 Afterglow by WOBBLER album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.84 | 347 ratings

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Afterglow
Wobbler Symphonic Prog

Review by prog_traveller!!

5 stars Wobbler made a big statment with their first album. With Afterglow the band only got bigger. Brilliant seventies symphonic rock oriented sound, especially the vintage keyboard sounds of the Hammond, the mellotron and the MiniMoog are mind-blowing. It is barely 35 minutes long with two epic compositions .

The first song "The Haywain" is a short intro and it gives a medieval feel to it. "Imperial Winter White" is a 13 minute epic and the best piece of music from the band at the time. It is a grand piece of music filled with fantastic ideas. It begins with a heavy-prog feel and then it drifts to a calming place of mellotron, a more pastoral section, with little bit of jazz elements. The whole epic is just majestic, symphonic, eclectic, heavy with elements od jazz and folk. Same thing goes for "In Taberna", a masterfully written piece, lots of dynamics, fiery electric guitar and powerful Rickenbacker-bass.

The album ends in the same way it started, "The armoury" is a three minute medieval ride and it concludes the whole album in a fantastic way.

This album if you compare it to the first record represents Wobbler's heavier side with two majestic epics, it gives indication of the direction in which Wobbler would head and it will speak to the fans od various prog sub genres.

 Dwellers of the Deep by WOBBLER album cover Studio Album, 2020
4.30 | 321 ratings

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Dwellers of the Deep
Wobbler Symphonic Prog

Review by poslednijat_colobar
Prog Reviewer

5 stars Continued polyphonic saturation mastery with modern implementation

Dwellers of the Deep is the next part of this exceptional journey that Norwegians Wobbler have had for these 20 years or something. This further exploration of the deepest recesses of symphonic progressive rock flourishes with the completion of another accomplished masterpiece after From Silence to Somewhere , which in itself is amazing. This work builds on several aspects of its predecessor, especially the hints to the modernization of the sound, slightly higher concentration to the musicianship and improvisation rather than the songwriting process and third but not last - even lusher saturation with atypical but brilliant moments. The self-confidence of the band members lead to great solo performances, with special note to keyboards and bass. Another symphonic prog brilliance from Wobbler, with different angle of sharper challenger to the predecessor. Do not miss!

Another top notch threat to the tops of different lists!

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