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ONSÉGEN ENSEMBLE

Heavy Prog • Finland


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ONSEGEN ENSEMBLE are a Finnish trio with an extended line-up of players. They do driving guitar-based hard rock with tight dynamics, unexpected tempos and shifts, surprising purity and occasional Finnish chanting. The partnership of bassist Esa JUUJARVI and drummer Veijo PULKKINEN goes back to 1993 in goth-metal band PARADE OF SOULS. That year JUUJARVI joins BLACK CRUCIFIXION which becomes more progressive PROMETHEAN, and releases 'Gazing the Invisible' (1997) and 'Somber Regards' (1998). By '98, PULKKINEN has recruited JUUJARVI for RAUTAKANKI, eventually beginning their own project in 2004 when guitarist Kimmo NISSINEN is drafted.

15-minute EP 'Hiukkavaara Sessions' was relesed in 2005 to encouraging reviews and 2007 saw their follow-up, 'HottoïzzoH', garnering even better responses.

A good representative of the current movement in prog rock toward straight-forward garage band sounds, unassuming and genuine but with high musicianship all around.


-- Atavachron (David) --




Why this artist must be listed in www.progarchives.com :
Small but solid band doing inventive things on the heavier side of Prog.



Discography:
Hiukkavaara Sessions, studio album (EP, 2005)
HottoïzzoH, studio album (EP, 2007)

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3.95 | 2 ratings
Hiukkavaara Session
2005
3.80 | 3 ratings
HottoïzzoH
2007

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 HottoïzzoH by ONSÉGEN ENSEMBLE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2007
3.80 | 3 ratings

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HottoïzzoH
Onségen Ensemble Heavy Prog

Review by progressive

3 stars I was positively surprised finding this from Finland, and though there's some typical Finnish things here (maybe somehow reminding me of new age), it's very energetic and eclectic, and songs are well done and harmonic. But it's not a full-length album (and three fairly short tracks; it's not easing the hungry much), so I give three stars and continue waiting for something to come. I also had some exceptions and I don't really like this kind of music so much (post&psychedelic rock jamming), although the really raging avant-garde is my cup of tea. HottoïzzoH is tight jazz/psychedelic rock, in the name of Kingston Wall, but it's still quite different. The very beginning reminds Bondage Fruit's Kinzoku No Taiji (well, there's very little zeuhl in this mini album). The music in this record is post-rock-like constructive from repetititition (not too much, however), many times guitar oriented. Ouía Mi Mosa has more light latin jazz atmosphere but to me the vocals sound a bit japanese. VTG's beginning is almost straight from Magma's De Futura's climax part. But the song is very nice, dark, sometimes with slower heavy parts (like death metal, or let's say Nirvana's heavy metal) but this clearly moves towards avant-garde, from chamber rock to a bit metallic atmosphere (Nebelnest comes to my mind). Heavy.

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 Hiukkavaara Session by ONSÉGEN ENSEMBLE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2005
3.95 | 2 ratings

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Hiukkavaara Session
Onségen Ensemble Heavy Prog

Review by Cesar Inca
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4 stars Having first gotten acquainted with Onségen Ensemble's second EP "HottoïzzoH", I was already an admirer of this Finnish band's style, a zheul-meets-stoner rock-meets-KC-meets heavy space-rock proposal. I find Hiukkavaara Session nos as brilliant as its successor, but definitely, this 2005 release (also downloadable from their website as the other one) bears an amazing result whn it comes to revigorating the avantgarde side of prog rock. 'Vaïno' gest started with a pronounced exercise on muscular rocking vibrations as if it were a hybrid of Happy Family and early Anekdoten (although OE doesn't get to match the former's level of emotional disturbance). Here you can even find some moments in which the band flirts with rock-pop ambiences, which are the passages in which the guest female singer makes her intervetnion. The interlude between the penultimate and last sung sections turns into a very interesting jam full of accumulated tension, and the most surprising thing about it is that it's not as much contrast as complementation what the aforesid jam brings to the composition's delivery. A very good track this is, but the best of the two has to be 'Kuuhanka'. Starting and ending with a psychedelic rock motif built on an almost-funky structure, the central motif is your typical modern zheul: pulsational, loud, wild yet controlled. A special mention has to go to the bass player, who manages to make his instrument assume a leading role in many places. The guitarist keeps himseld quite busy, creating a middle field between Adrian Belew and Nicklas Berg; meanwhile, the rhythm section sustains the varying moods perfectly. At some point, some sarcastic tenor chanting emerges, something similar to Ruins (regarding the humor, not the madness). This item only contains 2 tracks, but it's really worth downloading and keeping in a special place in your prog collection as the excellent piece of avant-prog that it is. Onségen Ensemble rules, as simple as that!

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 HottoïzzoH by ONSÉGEN ENSEMBLE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2007
3.80 | 3 ratings

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HottoïzzoH
Onségen Ensemble Heavy Prog

Review by Windhawk
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4 stars Finnish based band Onségen Ensemble really takes you on a trip on their second EP HottoïzzoH.

From the avant-garde repetitive theme overlayed with solo guitar that develops into a quirky psychedelic number on the opening track, followed by a mellow jazz-tinged second number evolving gradually towards metal territories before finishing off with a track starting off as a frenzied psychedelic affair evolving towards a more free form chaotic musical landscape; this is a challenging release indeed.

Well performed, and either well planned or well jammed, the end result is a release worth checking out by people into experimental avant-garde music; and might be of interest to fans of psychedelic rock too.

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 HottoïzzoH by ONSÉGEN ENSEMBLE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2007
3.80 | 3 ratings

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HottoïzzoH
Onségen Ensemble Heavy Prog

Review by Cesar Inca
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4 stars HottoïzzoH" is Onségen Ensamble's EP for 2007. So far, this is the only format that they use for their studio efforts, since their previous relase is also an EP. Both items are donwloadable from the band's website. This one lasts less than 15 minutes!! Anyway, it is a repertoire of three very interesting tracks, mostly construed on the foundations of a crossover between modernized zheul (Happy Family, for instance), heavy prog and stoner-oriented jamming. The EP kicks off with the namesake track. As you can see somewhere on Youtube, this track really benefits from proper expansions on stage, but for this studio version, it is only less than 5 minutes long. This time restriction sure leads to a restriction regarding the development of the main theme's atmospheres, but make no mistake, this studio version is not bad at all. Indeed, it is a very good demostration of the clever way that the three musicians combine the muscular and the spacey in their jams: the guitar riffs and the rhythm duo's dynamics are matched in an awesome sonic marriage. The robust bass lines are conveniently emphasized in places, which makes it for the band's mst obvious link to the heritage of old-school Magma. The follower 'OUSÍA MI MOSA' strays from this psychedelic overall mood and goes for a folk-prog deviation of avant-prog, something like Hoyrey-Kone-meets-Pochakaite Malko. The clever use of exotic Eastern Europe cadences in the guitar leads and female vocal harmonies feels solidly placed within the pounding, complex rhythmic structure. the EP's highlight is the closure 'VTG', which is pure heavy prog luxury. This track retakes the full frontal energy of the opening number and takes it to a more agile stage, as well as a more elaborated dexterity. The magnificent interlude is a clear homage to 73-75 King Crimson, with the addition of delightful mellotron (or mellotron-like) washes and exciting sax flourishes. I wonder what this track would have sounded like had the band explored it further into a more epic structure, but again, this is something than can be virtually said about any OE track so far. All in all, this EP is an excellent demostration of the band's energy and inventiveness, and so, I finish this review with the following word of advice aimed at all prog-lovers around the globe: download the EP!!

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