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Founded in Hønefoss, Norway in 1999

The line-up consists of Lars Fredrik Froislie (of WHITE WILLOW) on keyboards, Kristian Karl Hultgren on bass guitar, Martin Nordrum Kneppen on drums, Morten Andreas Eriksen on electric and acoustic guitars and mandolin and Tony Johannessen on vocals. This group is strongly evocative of KING CRIMSON, GENESIS, GENTLE GIANT along with newer symphonic prog bands like ANGLAGARD and ANEKDOTEN with a dash of Scandinavian folk and classical influences thrown into the mix.

Their debut CD WOBBLER "Hinterland" contains long and complex tracks featuring lush, vintage keyboard sounds, making extensive use of Mellotron, Mini-Moog, Hammond C-3 and harpsichord, along with beautiful electric and acoustic guitar playing, a complex rhythm section along with flutes, recorder, saxophones, mandolins and various other instruments providing a very full, symphonic sound.

Highly recommended for fans of the early progressive greats and symphonic prog music.

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3.81 | 338 ratings
Hinterland
2005
3.81 | 278 ratings
Afterglow
2009
3.93 | 472 ratings
Rites At Dawn
2011
4.43 | 538 ratings
From Silence To Somewhere
2017

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4.00 | 4 ratings
Imperial Winter White Dwarf / Leprechaun Behind the Door
2003
4.75 | 4 ratings
Lá Bealtaine
2011
4.43 | 7 ratings
This Past Presence
2011

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4.43 | 538 ratings

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From Silence To Somewhere
Wobbler Symphonic Prog

Review by dougmcauliffe

5 stars I don't generally write reviews, but this album is truly special. This album can stand among past symphonic masterpieces easily.

I'd like to first comment on the vocals, they're beautiful, its like a Norwegian mix of Yes and Gentle Giant vocals. On top of this, the production and instrumentals are all extremely tight sounding.

The album opens with the epic title track "From Silence to Somewhere". Its really a treat and can easily make 20 minutes melt away. Tons of energy here. (9.5/10)

Then we have the transitional instrumental "Rendered in Shades of Green". I see it as a nice cool down from the explosive title track.

After that is perhaps my favorite track "Fermented Hours" The intro is awesome but the middle jam section is what really gets me (10/10)

Closing the album is the lovely "Foxlight" tons of buildup with beautiful acoustic guitars and flute makes you feel like you're walking through a snowy woods. Then towards the middle-end we have the full band come in easily making this another highlight (9.5/10)

Honestly, the whole album is a highlight. This is an essential masterpiece of progressive rock and is in my top 5 of all time.

 Rites At Dawn by WOBBLER album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.93 | 472 ratings

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Wobbler Symphonic Prog

Review by steelyhead

5 stars

I am not a fan of the first two albums of Wobbler. It is OK music for people who try too hard to be like the old days. Even the use of the Mellotron seems somewaht forced to me so I was not at all convinced to give a spin to their new offering.

Big mistake...this is pure bliss in form of music. The long lost album of Yes that they have recorded. You can hear Squire, Howe and even the drums have the right time signature. This is not a hommage this is a magnificent way to remember times gone by.

I am in love with this album, please don't stop making music

 From Silence To Somewhere by WOBBLER album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.43 | 538 ratings

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Wobbler Symphonic Prog

Review by Chaser

4 stars IT'S NOT THE MESSIAH, IT'S A VERY NICE ALBUM

Many progressive rock fans desperately crave a modern prog classic in order to show that progressive rock did not become obsolete in 1977, and that the 21st century is capable of producing prog rock albums that are on a par with the 1970's heyday of prog.

So, when Norwegian prog band Wobbler released this album in 2017, there were many in the prog community who instantly hailed it as the incarnation of a prog rock classic to rival the great classic albums of the golden age of prog.

Such lofty claims mean that this album deserves special attention and consideration.

Let's begin by saying that this is a wonderfully crafted album, with excellent musicianship and great production quality.

The opening of the album is one of the best openings you are likely to hear in prog, as a gentle prelude gives way to a stunning intro piece that smacks you full in the face with towering guitars and organ in an infectious high energy riff that grabs your full attention from the get go.

The title track is very strong throughout and, were the whole album of the same quality and intensity, then the album would certainly be a contender for the top table of prog rock albums.

Unfortunately, whilst the musicianship remains excellent throughout the album, the composition loses intensity as the album progresses, and, by the time we get to the final track of the album "Foxlight", my attention begins to drift somewhat in parts of the track.

The band do pull it back and the album ends strongly, but, for me, the album lacks the total consistency of excellence throughout to be considered amongst the greatest classics of the genre.

Furthermore, an all time prog rock classic album should possess moments of true originality that delight and surprise the listener. I listen to an album like "Relayer" from Yes and, after more than thirty years of listening I remain stunned at the sheer creativity exhibited in that album. For me "From Silence to Somewhere" does not contain the originality and musical ingenuity required in a true masterpiece of the genre.

Ultimately, whilst Wobbler are to be commended on creating a wonderful album full of great music, they are, for me, followers of the giants of the 1970's and not true originators in their own right.

Despite that assessment, this is still a great record, and the opening track in particular is a spectacular display of symphonic prog at its very best. I'm just not sure that, overall, the album takes progressive rock in new and surprising directions, rather it reprises the golden age of prog rock, albeit in a truly wonderful way.

Is this album the holy grail of modern progressive rock? Does it deserve a seat at the top table along side such classics as Close to the Edge, Selling England by the Pound, and Thick as a Brick? Well, not for me, but it is an excellent album all the same and many progressive rock fans will enjoy this album very much and will be very pleased to have it as part of their collection.

Definitely recommended.

 From Silence To Somewhere by WOBBLER album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.43 | 538 ratings

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Wobbler Symphonic Prog

Review by Luqueasaur

3 stars TOO comfortably prog: 7/10

Often modern bands play odes to progressive rock, but almost as a mystic and distressing law of nature they sound like cheap imitations or uninspired covers of the prog's giants. Yet in 2017 a massive Scandinavian storm called Wobbler blasted the skies of the prog world and poured delicious symphonic nectar called From Silence to Somewhere over all continents, quenching the thirsty fans of the genres with an album that successfully encapsulates and homages the genre's heyday. It has it all: symphonic melodies and arrangements, dynamic and Mellotron-tainted instrumental breaks, folksy pastoral interludes, long compositions. The rejuvenating rain the inhabitants of Progland were all craving for. So, if too you are a fan of symphonic prog on withdrawal, Wobbler's holy water is the medicine you're desperately requiring.

But the issue is... I'm not a fan of symphonic prog on withdrawal. And I felt From Silence to Somewhere to be severely underwhelming.

There's nothing I haven't heard before in here: symphonic melodies and arrangements, dynamic and Mellotron-tainted musical interludes, folksy pastoral interludes, long compositions; all factors of a consecrated musical formula. There is no audacity to go further than the established frontiers of their genre, and Wobbler's musical output sounds like a safe, unadventurous journey. That's not inherently an issue. Sometimes people yearn for familiarity and there's nothing with assembling a product to tackle that market. But I'm not part of that market. So three stars from me.

(And, as far as ProgArchives' rating is concerned as of now, a rating of 4.45 and 19th place feels absurd.)

 From Silence To Somewhere by WOBBLER album cover Studio Album, 2017
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Wobbler Symphonic Prog

Review by jamesbaldwin
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4 stars "From Silence To Somewhere" is the first Wobbler's record that I listen. My approach to contemporary prog music, specially when it is acclaimed as masterpiece is... prudence.

The suite "From Silence To Somewhere", 21 minutes, is very interesting. After the first three minutes, very pompous, there comes an acoustic part, almost Renaissance music, on which stands the singing of Andreas Wettergreen Strømman Prestmo, who declaims an austere melody that tends to go towards the sharp notes at the end of each verse. Then comes a very sustained but a bit compulsive, powerful rhythm. Certainly this music is rather unpredictable and full of citations, stratifications, but also ... hyperproduced in order to touch a saturated, sendationalist sound. The instrumental tour de force proceeds with a great work on percussion (Martin Nordrum Kneppen), bombastic effect. Then finally comes another acoustic gash where the initial melody returns (in fact the only melody of the suite). But finally there is a new instrumental escalation, to conclude the suite with an acoustic piece that constitutes a variation on the theme. The suite is melodically thin. At the arrangement level it is mammoth. Vote 8+.

"Rendered in Shades of Green", two minutes, is a piano instrumental ballad, with mellotron (Lars Fredrik Frøislie), I guess, in the background. A good melody is missing, to be remarkable. Irrelevant (no vote).

"Fermented Hours", ten minutes, starts with a very sustained rhythm. After about 5 minutes comes a part of math rock to keyboards, in Gentle Giant style, followed by a more relaxed singing. Then comes another variation, with an almost operatic Italian singing (Renato Manzi sings: O mia amata, mia amata, vita, dolce vita etc.: "my beloved, beloved, life, sweet life") that stands out on a musical crescendo. Perhaps this central section is the best piece of the whole album. Then comes the initial sustained rhythm, complete with bells and church organ. Surely Wobbler know how to use all the tricks of the trade to load the music. Last two minutes forced. Mini suites of high value, where the desire to amaze and make noise ruin partly the result achieved in the less overproduced pieces. Vote 8+.

"Foxlight", almost 13 and a half minutes, opens acoustically, with an acoustic guitar phrasing that drags the same for 4 minutes: extremely repetitive (it recall "Cinema Show" by Genesis), almost boring, if it were not for the creative arrangement (flute, glockenspiel) on the edge. The doubled voice, in a sharp crescendo, is reminiscent of Yes (Jon Anderson). The song overlaps, becomes more voices, it seems almost a counterpoint, until an acoustic piece arrives with the harpsichord, jazzed, but the phrase on the guitar is always the same... Unfortunately, what is missing in these suites to make them really great is the melody: if there was a beautiful, clear melody! But there is not. And this lack seems to be covered by the sumptuousness and the richness of the arrangement. After 10 minutes, the song seems to end, goes into fading, but then resumes singing, again Renaissance music (Gentle Giant reminescent?), and finally we hear a music moving in unison, aimed at marking the same melodic verses, and also we hear the electric guitar, little present in the album. The song tries to bring back the renaissance melody, that could have written Angelo Branduardi, Italian bard. Great ending, Genesis style, or Yes style. Vote 8+.

I find many similarities, in terms of merits and defects, between this album and that of "Al Traps On Earth" (A Drop of Light): much grandeur in the arrangements, saturated sound, hyperproduct, refinement in the musical composition, excellent performance, but also poor melodic content, will to exasperate the creativity of the arrangements to achieve a sensational sound in order to hide the lack of limpidly noticeable moments, which don't need grandeur to be overwhelming or full of pathos. I reserve myself to listen to this album several times and even change my mind, but at the moment, although I see a work of extreme value in it, I don't see a masterpiece, from the point of view of pure musical inspiration. Maybe his quality is slightly higher than A Drop of Light, just enough to reach (slightly) in my personal ranking, 4 stars. In fact, Four stars, in my ranking, starts with the vote 8+ (Five Stars: since 9 to 10).

Vote album: 8+. Four Stars.

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4.43 | 538 ratings

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Review by ZappaBowie

3 stars I have not really dug into Wobbler until recently. I knew there was strong neo vibe to it. What began to interest me was the well textured arrangements and general good quality of performance as I began listening to "Rites At Dawn" (2011) . I found myself being drawn into the songwriting. However, as I checked out the reviews on this site I noticed that this more recent 2018 release was actually rated their best so I decided to give a listen. Wow, was I let down. Of epic length, the first track disappointed with a string of prog-cliche grooves and textures with no compelling song structure. It felt like a flea market sale of assorted proggy grooves indulged by the band. A nice little song at the end is fine but chop 2/3 - 3/4 of this away I say.

Tune #2 starts off simply enough but this dirge-like idea is a bit overused and is kind of like a spooky wallpaper in an old house, but short and sweet. No harm, no foul.

#3 An in-your-face aggressive song. However, band drowns out vocal which I lyrically I cannot understand simply by listening. Weird that this piece is so dramatic without a good setup. Nice section at 2;10. Would have been more compelling if tune began this way. It would draw in listener more. I like this section very much. 4 star section. As it unfolds I wish for more play of densities within the arrangement, but it's not bad. Next section suffers from less- than-creative choices of sounds. If this section developed textures from the 2nd section at 2:10 ..... To be fair, they eventually get into this a bit around 6:00. Here again, vocals aren't mixed clearly or upfront enough. Keyboards in general are too heavy and smother the timbres of vocals. Finally, sonic relief at 8:00.

Wobbler needs to find new ways to present their grooves and perhaps consciously do the exact opposite of what their initial instincts are at the time. It sounds like choices are made somewhat out of habit and this really whitewashes the creative textures.

#4 Haven't I heard this kind of gentle, friendly, warm guitar arpeggiation a million times? Surely it can be done differently. Flutes, bell-like percussion, guitar squeaks, etc. I think what kills it for me is the guitar part just not played musically enough. It would be interesting to cut out half its notes and bleed it more with the background which isn't bad. (Actually I could see this being the beginning to the 2nd section of the prior tune). Anyway, at the 4:00 mark we get the obligatory heavy progband sledge hammering of simple chord grooves....then, vocals over a too heavy background. A few less notes per player I suggest.

As I often find Prog bands aren't great at handling the weight and color of textures. A shame because often there are some nice structures that just need better and more diverse choices of sounds and nuanced choices of notes. More pruning and shaping, more diversity in texture and timbre is needed.

Don't get me wrong. Wobbler has a nice sound and I will go back to other material in hopes of what I initially sensed with "Rites". But I think reviewers on this site are a little too kind.

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Review by Egyptianprog-Fahmy

5 stars 4.7/5 Wobbler's best work,this album was an adventure to listen to from start to finish. The 1st self titled song kept me on edges when it was supposed to and calmed me in other parts. The guitars were a piece of work, the bass melodic and punchy, the drums were just crazy. Not to mention the woodwinds and flutes that were extremely peaceful and provided necessary atmospheric sound. All the tracklists share a same vision of the first one. My only complaints would be some of the vocals that needed to be either included more in parts, or completely removed from other parts.
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Review by omphaloskepsis

5 stars Resplendent! Sonic dynamo. Triplicate exquisite, aural odysseys and a delicate, palate cleansing, keys laden interlude. Wobbler's melodious tapestries spread out over an expansive range of emotion, culminating in a series of crescendos. The sonic Shangri-La solidifies into a private, aural-visual exhibition equivalent of Picasso paintings, Kandinsky composition, and Matisse masterpieces. Visualize a sextet of Clydesdales hauling a heavy golden stagecoach, under the horsepower of 70's epic classics, "From Silence to Somewhere" canters, head-held-high alongside "Foxtrot", "Animals", "Close to Edge", "Relayer""A Passion Play". Rubies, sapphires, emeralds, and pearls. Scandinavian winter winds. Roofed with shields, opaline Odin's skull splitting mistletoe arrows. Loki locating the wet warm center of Aphrodite's suite on the half shell.

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Review by Kingsnake

5 stars 2017 turned out to be great prog-year.

After all the violence of progmetal and overabundance of neoprog and the tsunami of Porcupine Tree/Radiohead-wannabes it's refreshing to hear bands focus on the more instrumental, folky, jazzy, medieval, symphonic side of progrock.

I knew Wobbler of their former release, and that one was already dear to me. Now unto this new release;

Four long tracks wich sound organic and not once too pretentious. The instrumentation is tastefull, the dynamics are just right. Heavy parts and softer parts seemlessly flowing into one another.

The vocals are just right aswell. Reminds me of Anekdoten, but Wobbler is less heavy and more symphonic. I love the flute (finally the flute is back in symphonic rock) and the mellotron, wich gives it that special 70's vibe.

The music harks back to the days of Genesis, Gentle Giant (victorian vocal-parts), Camel (flute), King Crimson (mellotron) and has a kind of canterbury-feel to it.

This record is strongly recommended to anyone who wants to step in a timemachine an go back to the years of 1970-1974.

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Review by DamoXt7942
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4 stars Let me say, the newest album by a Norwegian progressive rock star combo WOBBLER has established another symphonic world view, with colourful, kaleidoscopic, complexly convoluting sound revolution via the longest titled suite.

Like Yes in their golden years, the quintet can squeeze their skillful play and incredible technique directly into our brain as sort of a melodically / rhythmically acceptable structure 'regardless of complicated sound formation'. This undoubtful matter can be heard for everything in the tilted track. Even under multirhythmic and melancholic concordance, we should not pay massive attention to analyzing their material at all, but only listen with leaving ourselves for the melodic stream.

The track can be divided in three pieces approximately, and there are some points we should listen to carefully. In an apparent manner they attractively use melodic / rhythmic potentiality and intonation. The last moment of the first part, full of dramatic melody lines featuring flute, gentle synthesizer, or acoustic guitar sounds, should move our mind obviously ... sounds like a French symphonic legend Ange. And the middle part is kinda giant, flooded with ethnic, oriental religious mysticism produced fully with Lars' terrific, enthusiastic keyboard works. Forgive my personal feeling but a progressive rock fan from Japan has completely got immersed in this part, and not helped assuming the ethnicity might exist upon the Norwegian land. 20 minute via this track is not long nor lengthy but is perfectly condensed with their activated sound motivation and variation.

Quite a few progressive rock fans might have noticed King Crimson-like heavy symphonic tendency blended with old-fashioned keyboard works via the third track "Fermented Hours", quite inspirational and highly energetic one. The shortest track "Rendered In Shades Of Green" is like a day-off when we can take a safe and sound breath, and another fantastic one drenched in mellotron comfort. And in the last piece "Foxlight" pretty addictive are harpsichord (keyboard) works in the middle part, absorbing the audience into heavily psychic but soft, smooth acoustic atmosphere.

In conclusion, they and their important cornerstone released in 2017 should not fall short of the expectations of the audience. This would be another brilliant credential in the progressive rock scene.

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