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SEVEN IMPALE

Eclectic Prog • Norway


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Six young men from Norway with a background in jazz and classical music were signed to Karisma Records. Influences they mention include Everything from Jan Garbarek and Side Brok Enslaved, Tool and Meshuggah.

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3.97 | 49 ratings
City Of The Sun
2014

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3.38 | 7 ratings
Beginning / Relieve
2013

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 City Of The Sun by SEVEN IMPALE album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.97 | 49 ratings

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City Of The Sun
Seven Impale Eclectic Prog

Review by BrufordFreak

5 stars An impressive album of refreshingly unique music that crosses many sub genres, including space-psychedelia, symphonic, heavy prog, avant-jazz and experimental/post metal. Wonderful vocals, very tight interplay among all band members with no one member or instrument really standing above any other--though the presence and performance of the saxophone is highly notable. This is complex music played so tightly. And the astonishing 14- minute epic, "God Left Us for A Black Dressed Woman," must be heard to be believed.

1. "Oh My Gravity" (9:49) starts as a jazzy stop-and-start piece that picks up in intensity in the second minute before shifting to a melodic ballad in the vein of the heavier side of FROGG CAF╔. The male vocalist sounds to me like something between RADIOHEAD's THOM YORKE and TODD RUNDGREN. Around the six minute mark the spiraling, swooning music sounds a lot like some of the louder stuff from MOTORPSYCHO's The Death Defying Unicorn. This feel continues into the seventh minute when organ and horns take turns embellishing the staccato music. The bare-bones, bluesy final 45 seconds is bizarre but so cool! A powerful and surprising opener to this unusual album. Very high marks for compositional prowess and instrumental performance. (9/10)

2. "Wind Shears" (6:32) opens in a very psychedelia/spacey 1960s way. Then at the one minute mark it settles into a jazz groove with first sax and then jazzy guitar and Hammond organ filling the lanes over the rhythm section. Clavinet is added for a GentleGiant-like bridge before a polyrhythmic KING CRIMSON "Discipline"-like weave appears to support a brief ghost-like vocal. At 3:20 the sound gets much heavier over the same arpeggiated weave, nearly drowning out the still-soloing sax and organ. This is just like TOBY DRIVER (Kayo Dot/Maudlin of the Well)! At 4:05 things get quiet and sparse again, with the music vacillating from soft and delicate to heavy and abrasive. A very melodic kind of psychedelic big band section plays out for the final minute. Again, bizarre but so cool! (9/10)

3. "Eschaton Hero" (8:29) opens with some guitar, keys & sax riffs repeated over latin percussion. At 1:00 everything settles down into another quiet section with a delicate vocal in Stian ěkland's upper register. Beautiful chorus/bridge at 1:47 gives way to an unpretentious bass solo before settling back into the delicate vocal music. Same awesome bridge at 2:49 leads into a heavy section into jazzy chaos--all performed over the most simple, calm drum play. At 4:52 it gets even heavier as it plods along for a minute in support of a fuzz guitar solo. Finally the drums start to play--to match the frenzy of the rest of the band--then everything stops so the band can yell "Yay!" Then a variation on the previous frenzy picks back up until 7:05 when everything settles back down into the soft groove of the initial vocal section for a dirty sax solo before letting Stian finish the song out in his high voice. Well conceived and performed, just not my favorite. (7/10)

4. "Extraction" (6:34) begins with another odd intro of two or three parts before settling into the vocal support section--which begins heavily before falling into another RADIOHEAD-like bluesy section. At 2:20 a neat Hammond section leads back into the heavy full band section that opened the vocals, then, again, drops off for the beautiful support of a multi-voice- supported section. At 3:45 a very smooth, stripped down electric guitar solos, until there is a full return to explosiveness at 4:20. A bouncy "O Yo Como Va"-like Hammond section at 4:40 gives way to a kind of Latin weave before falling back into the heavier rock weave from the first vocal section to end. (8/10)

5. "God Left Us for A Black Dressed Woman" (14:12) opens with another KC "Discipline"-like weave that morphs and flows, polymorphs and grooves for two and a half minutes before decaying into a simplified form for a bluesy ROBERT PLANT-like vocal section. This song's amazing vocal performance could also be compared to some of the finest MATTHEW PARMENTER/DISCIPLINE works. Some incredibly powerful sections in this song--especially the multi-voice vocals in the eleventh minute and the following heavy full-band part. A very DISCIPLINE-like soft section then ensues with a slow build to an awesome crescendo and frizzed finish. The song evolves, shifts, twists and turns and surprises throughout. Again there are several parts that remind me of MOTORPSYCHO's Unicorn. Without question this is one of the best prog "epics" of the year! (10/10)

Aside from the above references to Motorpsycho, King Crimson, Radiohead, Toby Driver, Matthew Parmenter/Discipline, the overall impression this album leaves me with is similar to that of DIAGONAL's eponymously titled debut album from 2008. SEVEN IMPALE's City of the Sun is a wonderful collection of masterfully composed, executed and recorded songs.

A 4.5 star album that I can't see giving anything less than five in that it is a treasure for the ages!

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 Beginning / Relieve by SEVEN IMPALE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2013
3.38 | 7 ratings

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Beginning / Relieve
Seven Impale Eclectic Prog

Review by Second Life Syndrome
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3 stars If Seven Impale are anything, they are eclectic. That much is for sure. This Norwegian band starts their debut album "Beginning/Relieve" with some very odd grooves, and they don't stop until the end of the album. It's a welcome change of pace, as we are treated to some solid music here that borders on ridiculous somehow. All the while, however, the band makes it work. Sometimes, I'm not even sure how.

I particularly enjoyed two things. First, the singer has a unique, higher-pitched voice that makes the most of the strange chord progressions. It takes some effort; but, once you get it, the music just feels right. I also enjoyed the incredible saxophone. Sax has never been my favorite instrument, but I've been loving it lately. The last half of this album has much saxophone, and it even drives the songs sometimes---highly impressive.

With that said, this isn't an album I will listen to for years to come or anything like that. The music is solid, but misses the mark often. This band, however, has potential and some great ideas, and I know we'll see more of them. Give this album a shot by all means.

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 Beginning / Relieve by SEVEN IMPALE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2013
3.38 | 7 ratings

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Beginning / Relieve
Seven Impale Eclectic Prog

Review by Windhawk
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4 stars Norwegian band SEVEN IMPALE was formed in 2010, and is a six man strong ensemble. "Beginning / Relieve" is their first ever EP, released by Karisma Records while the band is recording material for their first full length album.

The most noticeable fact about this band is that they have jazz and jazzrock at the very core of their excursions. The bass and drums in particular adds a distinct jazz flavor on most movements, with the saxophone an additional instrument used to either add that stylistic touch or to emphasize it. This is done in a number of different manners though, albeit perhaps somewhat similar in approach.

Mind Riot is a brief construction that opens with staccato riffs and distorted saxophone as the key instrument motifs, shifting to something more of a brass rock oriented, dark and eerie piece. Blind to All is a more intense but smooth affair blending jazzy vocals, organ and intense sax soloing on top of a darker guitar driven foundation, gradually easing up on intensity for a frail lead-out. Beginning/Relieve alternates between gentler themes and intense metal-tinged sequences sporting myriads of instrument layers and a massive soundscape.

Measure 15 is a gentler effort that sports acoustic guitars, violin and cello as the supplemental features to the lead vocals, while final cut What Am I Sane For opens in a more delicate manner with bass and sax as the central instruments prior to a shift into a darker toned, majestic landscape with some intense brass rock or metal details as a nice little detail prior to ebbing out on a gentle organ and keyboards construction.

Almost 25 minutes of constantly changing and developing themes and movement, with a firm foundation in jazzrock but stretching from gentle chamber rock to almost industrial inspired, dark and brooding and energetic displays. That's the nature of Seven Impale's highly eclectic and spirited debut EP "Beginning / Relieve", and one to seek out by those who really enjoy jazzrock being taken in fairly innovative and most certainly intense directions as well as those generally fond of challenging musical escapades that aims to disrupt or stretch stylistic conventions and expectations both.

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 Beginning / Relieve by SEVEN IMPALE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2013
3.38 | 7 ratings

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Beginning / Relieve
Seven Impale Eclectic Prog

Review by Conor Fynes
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3 stars 'Beginning / Relieve' - Seven Impale (6/10)

I've said it many times before: Scandinavia is one of the best places for progressive rock in the world. For whatever reason, the pastoral, dreamy and proficient sounds of the classic prog legends have found a home in Northern Europe, and bands like Anglagard, Wobbler and Tusm°rke have been keeping the flame of vintage progressive music alive. Add to that list the Norwegian rockers Seven Impale. Only recently coming to my attention through this first EP, this proficient collective of musicians are fit to scratch the musical itch of anyone looking for the familiar fusion of the old and new. "Beginning / Relieve" may not add anything particularly fresh to this tried-and-true formula, but excellent musicianship and production values have me thinking we'll be hearing some great things from these guys in the future.

At just under half an hour in length, "Beginning / Relieve" is not quite enough to get a full idea of the band's potential, but their musical objective is clear from the start. Seven Impale introduce themselves through the squealing of saxophones, playing atop a metal riff that could be likened to a more restrained Meshuggah. Although it sounds like a strange or uncomfortable combination, Seven Impale's eclectic mix of sounds never feels overtly contrived. Compromises are made when necessary; the band's occasional 'metal' elements are never allowed to overpower the lighter parts, and the jazzy elements are maintained as mere accompaniment to their rock foundation. As seems to be the trend in progressive rock today, there's also a psychedelic element, which manifests itself mostly through the sparse vocals, offered here by guitarist Stian ěkland. Above all, Seven Impale are reminiscent of some of the harder-rocking bands in the classic prog scene. Though not nearly as dissonant or oppressive as King Crimson, there is that sense of calculated aggression here that you do not often hear in some of Seven Impale's lighter-hearted contemporaries.

Seven Impale succeed most notably in their musicianship. Particularly with regards to the fusion-infused drumming and saxophones, the band's shared musical education is quite evident. Unfortunately, the band's style doesn't feel particularly fresh; although there are some 'modern' sounds present like metal, the majority of Seven Impale's sound is derived from classic bands, namely King Crimson, Van der Graaf Generator and Jethro Tull. The apparent tribute could have worked wonders, but it does not feel like Seven Impale integrate the old and the new in such a way where the two schools begin to really compliment each other. Although their musicianship and high standard of production make for some pretty engaging moments, "Beginning / Relieve" ends on a note of feeling like the songwriting process was slightly undercooked. Although there's the impression that the entire album is meant to be heard as a single piece of music, the flow of musical ideas is inconsistent. Everything from violin-laden tenderness to hard rocking psychedelia are handled with impressive skill, but Seven Impale haven't quite found the adhesive necessary to make their ambitious collection of styles work.

I'm not entirely convinced with Seven Impale's first effort, but it's clear to me that this band have a ton of potential. I would not be surprised within a few years to be hearing this band mentioned with the same sort of regard and admiration as Wobbler, Anglagard, or any other one of Scandinavia's greatest progressive icons. I shall be keeping an eye on this band with anticipation.

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