Seven Impale returns with their highly anticipated third studio album, “Summit”, in a music world where limits are constantly being stretched. Seven years after the release of their acclaimed “Contrapasso”, this Norwegian progressive rock band has not lost any of their edge. The band has returned with an explosive blend of jazz, progressive rock, and heavy elements that will challenge your musical expectations.
The first track “Hunter” opens with a haunting piano intro that gradually building anticipation before launching into a flurry of intricate guitar riffs and pulsating rhythms
“Hydra” is a very intriguing song. Here, Seven Impale skillfully blends heavy rock, jazz, atmospheric, and progressive elements, with a hint of Canterbury Scene influence. The attention to detail in the composition shines through, highlighting the band’s mastery of their instruments and their ability to create mesmerizing melodies and intricate solo passages. Even though the song lasts about ten and a half minutes, you won’t believe how quickly it comes to an end. A stunning song indeed!
“Ikaros”, the shortest track on the album (still exceeding nine minutes), showcases Seven Impale’s experimental side. A distorted soundscape enriched by effects sets the tone for a trip inside the song’s core. The band explores a heavier and more complex sound, pushing the boundaries of their creativity even further.
Finally, “Sisyphus” concludes the album, leaving listeners with a lasting sensation of awe. Clocking in at over thirteen minutes, it encapsulates the essence of Seven Impale’s musical identity. The specific track contains everything that an electric prog song should have. The song blends intricate melodies, strong vocal performances, and progressive rock diversity. Another highlight for sure.
The band’s ability to create captivating tension and resolve it with grandiose climaxes demonstrates their composing abilities. The production, is lush, clear and tight. The mix is ideal, allowing each instrument to shine while maintaining a cohesive and balanced sound.
“Summit” demonstrates their development as musicians and songwriters, as well as their unwavering desire to push their music boundaries further. The album’s complex compositions, strong musicianship, and refined atmospheres will enthuse all the prog rock freaks. “Summit” is certainly not an album for the ordinary prog rock listener. It takes time and multiple listens to fully appreciate its wide musical depth. If you’re brave enough, go ahead and try it…