Monday, March 24, 2014

Brimstone "Mannsverk"

Country:  Norway
Sub GenreProgressive Retro Rock/Pop
LabelKarisma Records
Release date: March 24, 2014
1. A Norwegian Requiem
2. Rubberlegged Man
3. Voodoo
4. Flapping Lips at Ankle Height
5. The Fixed Wheel
6. The Giant Fire
7. Sjø & Land
8. This is the Universe

R. Edwards - guitars, vocals
Øyvind Grønner - keys, vocals
Thomas Grønner - drums
Truls "Biff" Eriksen - bass

If one can imagine the sound of Brimstones “Mannsverk” emanating back across the water, one can hardly have designed a more apt soundtrack for the whale’s final plight, laden with themes of estrangement, bewilderment and time running out as it is. After the virtual menagerie of instruments (everything from flutes to saxophones to accordions, choirs and violins) that graced their previous album, Smorgasbord, “Mannsverk” finds Brimstone back as a 4-piece, with a tight, muscular and poetic sound as the result. The album is also a return of sorts to the band’s musical roots, with a strong late 60’s/early 70’s prog vibe evident throughout. The music easily transcends it influences though, and the end result is unmistakably Brimstone. The whole of the album was recorded in their own studio, enabling the band to really stretch out. Many of the songs are well beyond the 6-minute mark, one almost 10 minutes and another well past 12 minutes long. The musicianship and precise arrangements of the songs ensure, however, that “Mannsverk” never descends into boring solos or fruitless jamming. (By Hallvard Mildestveit)
Flapping Lips at Ankle Height

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