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3.32 | 15 ratings | 4 reviews | 13% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1981

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Ouverture - Del 1 - Havet
2. Del 2 - Krigen
3. Del 3 - Flukten
4. Del 4 - Prisonen
5. Del 5 - Hevnen
6. Del 6 - Froloesningen
7. Del 7 - Erkjienelsen
8. Del 8 - Epilog

Line-up / Musicians

- Tore Aarnes / grand & electric pianos, synthesizers, pipe organ, clavinet, vocoder, vocals
- Henry 'Nunne' Holden / electric & acoustic guitars, lead vocals
- Roar Soderlind / drums, percussion, fretless bass, vocals

Guest musicians:
- Olav Dale / bass
- Morten Andersen / bass
- Ole Gloesen / acoustic guitar
- Yngve Slettholm / flute

Releases information

Independently released

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OCTOPUS (NOR) Thaerie Wiighen ratings distribution

(15 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(13%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(27%)
Good, but non-essential (53%)
Collectors/fans only (7%)
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OCTOPUS (NOR) Thaerie Wiighen reviews

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Review by Cesar Inca
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4 stars Under the vision and guidance of keyboardist-main composer Tore Aarnes, the Norwegian symphonic prog outfit Octopus released one only album, a concept-album based on Henrik Ibsen's major opus "Thaerie Wiighen" (or ""). Odd as it may seem, it was released in 1981 just when the guidelines of new-wave, post-punk and techno-pop were defining the rock mainstream and progressive rock was continuously remembered as a sordid aspect in the history of rock music. In fact, you could barely believe the credits when you can easily notice the early 70s sort of sound that goes all the way throughout the album. The Octopus offering basically bears a symphonic core, somehow related to "Attic Thoughts"-era Bo Hansson, as well as classic Novalis, 74-76 Eloy and "Rockpommel's Land"-era Grobschnitt; to a lighter degree, you can also trace shades of Bardens-era Camel, "Remember"-era Nektar and Wakeman. This band is also sensitive to the inclusion of poppish ornaments of the funky kind (some specific passages in 'Del 3', 'Del 7' and 'Del 8'). 'Ouverture / Del 1' kicks off the album with ceremonious wind noises, and then the main body settles in across a harmonious set of well-crafted motifs that deliver a calculated elegance as well as an appealing dynamics. You can tell that a distinct dynamics has been stated in this opener, and both 'Del 2' and 'Del 3' emerge to reinforce it. Since it is longer, the latter takes advantage to expand on a more elaborated colorfulness. 'Del 4' is based on acoustic guitar and flute, in this way providing a moment of bucolic serenity. This band is not really that heavy when compared to Grobschnitt or Nektar, for instance, but one can appreciate the inclusion of rockier moods in 'Del 5' (mostly based on the guitar phrases), but again, the ceremonious expression of symphonic prog remains the dominant resource.On the other hand, 'Del 6' is connected to the band's poppier side (especially 'Del 6') while 'Del 7' delivers an equilibrium between the poppy and the symphonic. The listener may consider the pairing of these two tracks as a passage of musical constraint before the closer 'Del 8' brings back the symphonic thing in full splendor. Its refurbishment of the opener's dominant moods makes it a convenient epilogue to a delightful progressive lost gem. The music of Octopus from Norway, while not as brilliant as Atlas or as challenging Islands, can be appreciated as a Scandinavian prog-rock treasure.
Review by Mellotron Storm
3 stars So we have four bands on this site called OCTOPUS. I went to review this album here a few years ago when I realized they hadn't been added as yet. This is an obscure band from Norway who released this concept album in 1981. Vocals are in their own native language. This album is a little light for my tastes but it certainly has it's moments.

"Overture-Del 1" opens with the sound of water splashing against the boat before this light sound comes in with BEACH BOYS-like harmonies. It's bright. Guitar to the fore after 2 1/2 minutes before a calm arrives as we can hear sea-gulls and voices. Synths are prominant too. "Del 2" opens with laid back piano as reserved vocals join in. It picks up 2 minutes in then settles back as contrasts continue. "Del-3" is better even though it's still mellow with the focus on the vocals. That changes when the mournful guitar arrives before 3 minutes then it calms right down. Nice. It picks back up and becomes catchy.

"Del-4" opens with acoustic guitar and flute before the vocals join in. "Del-5" is eventually vocal led but then the sound becomes more urgent before 1 1/2 minutes. Guitar follows and the sound becomes dramatic after 4 minutes. "Del-6" features light keys and drums with harmonies early but guitar, synths and vocals take over before 1 1/2 minutes. "Del-7" is my favourite section. It's light with vocals outfront but then it picks up. "Del-8" has somewhat theatrical vocals and they reprise a melody from the opening track. Sea-gulls are back to end it.

I'm sure that this was an important album for Prog fans in Norway in the early eighties.

Review by b_olariu
3 stars Octopus from Norway (don't be confused to countless bands with same name) was and is an obscure prog band gone unnoticed in prog circles. They released only one album in 1981 named Thaerie Wiighen (taken the name from a hero from literature of famous norwegian writer Henrik Ibsen). There is not much to find about this band or when they were disbanded. The music offered is pretty good all the way, symphonic prog with a nordic feel very similar in places with Bo Hansson releases , with some spacey moments here and there with an Eloy atmosphere, lots of instrumental sections aswell. Excellent are the keyboards passages very reminescent of Rick Wakeman or Genesis, some parts remind me of Kerrs Pink. All in all a very solid album gone under the radar, definetly worth checking, the album was released on CD as minilp few years back. 3.5 stars for sure. A nice one.

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3 stars Well, it had to happen. Someone made an album out of one of the masterpieces in Norwegian litterature. Henrik Ibsen's poem Terje Vigen, that is. Octopus is here following a trend in Norway where masterpieces were upgraded to folk rock or even rock'n'roll. ProgArchives also have some other entries ... (read more)

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