Grand General

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All Music Guide - Dave Lynch
This Norwegian fusion quintet features the same instrumental lineup as Mahavishnu Orchestra, so comparisons to John McLaughlin's legendary '70s band are probably inevitable. But on the basis of Grand General's eponymous 2013 Rune Grammofon debut, such comparisons would merely scratch the surface. The bandmembers have the chops to match any fusioneers past or present, but they're also fond of the relentless rock pummel, undergirding their pyrotechnics with a powerful rhythm section possessing deep reserves of energy. Motorpsycho fans will recognize the Norwegian psych/prog/metal institution's current drummer, Kenneth Kapstad, and Kapstad is indeed a driving rhythmic force ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Dave Lynch
This Norwegian fusion quintet features the same instrumental lineup as Mahavishnu Orchestra, so comparisons to John McLaughlin's legendary '70s band are probably inevitable. But on the basis of Grand General's eponymous 2013 Rune Grammofon debut, such comparisons would merely scratch the surface. The bandmembers have the chops to match any fusioneers past or present, but they're also fond of the relentless rock pummel, undergirding their pyrotechnics with a powerful rhythm section possessing deep reserves of energy. Motorpsycho fans will recognize the Norwegian psych/prog/metal institution's current drummer, Kenneth Kapstad, and Kapstad is indeed a driving rhythmic force here, but bassist Trond Frønes is at least an equal partner. Frønes adopts a thick, overdriven bass tone at times strikingly similar to that of Motorpsycho vocalist/bassist Bent Sæther check out 2010's Heavy Metal Fruit. Kapstad and Frønes also play together in the metal band Goat the Head, so they are definitely on the same wavelength. They lock in and never let the forward momentum flag on Frønes' 12-plus-minute opening composition, "Antics," as keyboardist Erlend Slettevol and guitarist Even Helte Hermansen throw out jagged, noisy chords and burn through effects-laden, in-the-red solos before simultaneously retreating into a more subtle dynamic, allowing Spellemannprisen-winning violinist Ola Kvernberg and violist to emerge at center stage, gliding across Frønes and Kapstad's tribal rhythms as shards of guitar and keyboard sounds enter the mix, along with a coalescing chordal build that telegraphs the band's expert mastery of rising tension. Exploding into the theme, Grand General are at their most "Mahavishnu-esque", but the thunderous, pounding attack and nearly orchestral crescendos mark them as a different breed of jazz-rock animal. "The Fall of Troy" delivers memorable melodicism in its panoply of fusoid themes interspersed with grinding metal heaviosity; Hermansen rips out Hendrixian blues-rock licks but the surroundings are more Sabbath than Band of Gypsys, and the angular riffing accompaniment only accentuates the intensity. Grand General is not 100 percent rush and crush; the four-minute circular blues of "Clandestine" is an exercise in dramatic escalation and slight retreat, but with pizzicato accents and an introduction comprised of soft bell-like tones. After the first three Frønes-penned tracks, Kvernberg's first compositional moment arrives with "Tachyon," initiated with Frønes and Kapstad locked in Morse code-like syncopation of an 11/8 rhythm before the other bandmembers enter in layers; the post-rock-style gradual dynamic build into the 9/8 theme, with the lead instruments sailing above a powerful chord progression, is handled beautifully. "Tachyon" bleeds with tones and drones into Kvernberg's "Ritual," and after an interlude of spacy collective improvisation, the core of the song is revealed as striking modal world fusion with an Asian tinge, the violinist's wide vibrato suggesting an erhu. The album's 11-minute closer, "Red Eye," is aptly a Frønes/Kvernberg co-write, cruising and rocking through its changes with everyone given an opportunity to strut. Perhaps it's mainly a jam, but you don't want it to stop -- just like Grand General from beginning to end.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/5/2013
  • Label: Rune Grammofon
  • EAN: 7033662021390
  • Catalog Number: 2139
  • Sales rank: 124,245

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Antics (12:20)
  2. 2 The Fall of Troy (6:30)
  3. 3 Clandestine (4:07)
  4. 4 Tachyon (6:24)
  5. 5 Ritual (6:02)
  6. 6 Red Eye (11:02)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Grand General Primary Artist
Ola Kvernberg Violin, Viola
Trond Frønes Bass
Kenneth Kapstad Drums
Even Helte Hermansen Guitar
Erlend Slettevoll Keyboards
Technical Credits
Kim Hiorthøy Sleeve Design
Ola Kvernberg Composer
Trond Frønes Composer
Morten Stendahl Mastering
Magnus Børmark Engineer
Grand General Producer
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