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Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.85 | 26 ratings

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4 stars Finland is known for giving birth to some fantastic progressive rock acts including WIGWAM, PEKKA POHJOLA and TASAVALLAN PRESIDENTI and oh yes. FINNFOREST. Although mostly forgotten this little known band may represent the very best to have ever come out of Norway IMHO. The Laser's Edge has carefully re-stored and has put their 2 earliest albums on 1 cd for all of us now to enjoy - "Finnforest" (1975) and their masterpiece "Lahto Matkalle" (1976). The self-titled debut features a slightly harder prog rock flare featuring some tremendously lively guitar/keyboard/drums interplay of Pekka Tegelman, Jukka Rissanen, and Jussi Tegelman. Hard to really peg down but I guess you could draw parallels to the music of FINCH, CAMEL and perhaps even CARAVAN. In contrast "Lahto Matkalle" delivers a different character harnessing more of a jazz-prog composition with the band more in a classic quartet formation. A wonderful string section is used on the side long title composition creating a sublime fusion of classical, progressive, and jazz. Toss in some of the heaviest fuzz-bass this side of MAGMA and you have a mature, unique recording that is amongst my favs. A Wonderfully complex recording which you need to own.

loserboy | 4/5 |


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