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3 stars In early 2001 Panzerpappa started writing down material for a second album, but soon Knut Tore Abrahamsen had to leave the band, as he got married and was going to move to Denmark.His replacement was a friend of Gjellum, Endre Begby.Rehearsals proove to be a difficult thing, as Jorgen Skjulstad was busy with other commitments, but when Panzerpappa entered the Sogn Studios in late 2001 they sounded as solid as ever.The recordings were finished in February 2002 and the new album ''Hulemysteriet'' was released later in the year.

The partly chaotic debut of the band had now given its place to a cohesive, complex and rich Progressive Rock with dominant R.I.O. and Jazz influences, while for the first time Panzerpappa start to resemble strongly to their heroes SAMLA MAMMAS MANNA.The KING CRIMSON influence is still apparent in the guitar parts and the cold rhythm section, however the smoother playing of Begby seems more suitable to Panzerpappa's style.The all instrumental tracks are full of calm and more powerful sax interventions, very complicated ideas with breaks and dissonant textures as well as some nice interplays with a cool Scandinavian taste.Still the album is not emotionless, as there are plenty of great, pleasant and optimistic tunes with light folky vibes around.The keyboards remain a second choice for Steinar Borve, but when used they make the sound even richer and definitely more charming.Relaxed Mellotron passages with an ANEKDOTEN touch, careful use of synths and some dramatic, nostalgic organ washes reveal Panzerpappa's potential in full mode.The Norwegians eventualy use their technical accomplishment to compose pieces that work well between emphatic, complicated themes and more lightweight overtones for their own good.

Very good follow-up to the rather problematic debut of the group.Conveincing, well-executed instrumental Progressive Rock for all lovers of irritating and challenging listening adventures.Strongly recommended...3.5 stars.

apps79 | 3/5 |


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