Thursday 26 April 2018

Seven Impale - Contrapasso (2016)

The second album from this Norwegian band.

Seven Impale is a sextet with a lineup of bass, drums, guitars, tenor sax, flute, banjo, cello, percussion and vocals.

I really liked their 2014 debut album City Of The Sun when I reviewed it one week ago. You can read my review here.

That album was a very intense album. It was foot on the accelerator throughout the album. It was also a very eclectic album.

Contrapasso is not a radio friendly cosy album. Far from it ! This album is a very eclectic album. But the band has taken their foot of the accelerator and is offering something slightly different than their debut album. 

Take the likes of Picchio Dal Pozzo, add a bit Area, add a lot of King Crimson and the likes of Anglagard and Anekdoten. Take some jazz too and some more pastoral symphonic prog.

... And you get something like this seventy minutes long album. An album full of contrasts between chugging guitars and saxophones. Those are balanced out by some soothing ambient themes and some good vocals.

Seven Impale allows the themes and the music a lot of breathing space on this album and that has given this album a lot of added quality. It is still as eclectic as their debut album, but in a different way.

The end result is a very good album indeed. Check out this album as it is one of the better albums from Norway, the new powerhouse of progressive rock.

3.5 points

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