Karima Records have set the 16th September as the release date for “Contrapasso”, the second full-length album from Norwegian Prog Rockers SEVEN IMPALE, and if the band’s debut album, “City of the Sun”, is anything to go by, it is a date that many fans will be looking forward to.
Having earned itself seventh place in the Progarchives.com best albums of 2014 poll, “City of the Sun”, with the unique SEVEN IMPALE sound still in the early stages of development, showed the promise of things to come from this young band. And with “Contrapasso” SEVEN IMPALE are well on the way to fulfilling that early promise, with an album that shows a new maturity, and the confidenceto explore their sound further, imbuing it with more complexity and harder soundscapes, along with tracks that are more catchy and upbeat . Genre boundaries are not something that concern these musicians, allowing them to create a sound that is interesting and varied, and which is still full of SEVEN IMPALE’s youthful enthusiasm.
The nine-track album was recorded at the Solslottet Studio with producer Iver Sandøy, known for his work with bands like ENSLAVED and KRAKOW. Artwork for “Contrapasso” is by the Romanian artist Costin Chioreanu. Tracklisting is as follows:
SEVEN IMPALE was formed in Bergen, Norway in 2010, and its relatively young members bring with them a considerable diversity of musical disciplines, from classical orchestra to big band, metal to jazz, and rock to electronic. The lineup of Stian Økland on vocals and guitars, Fredrik Mekki Widerøe on drums, Benjamin Mekki Widerøe on sax, Tormod Fosso on bass, Erlend Vottvik Olsen on guitar and Håkon Vinje on keyboards demonstrates how easily these musicians are able to fuse together all these influences to give the band its fresh, original, approach.
More information about SEVEN IMPALE can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/sevenimpale
SEVEN IMPALE’s “City of the Sun” can be heard below and at http://sevenimpale.bandcamp.com/album/city-of-the-sun
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