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I'll happily be taking many journeys to Hinterland. Good old fashioned symphonic rock just doesn't get much better than this. One of the finest albums of the year. -Sea Of Tranquility On July 9, 2005, Wobbler took the stage to inaugurate NEARfest 2005,

1. Serenade for 1652
2. Hinterland
3. Rubato Industry
4. Clair Obscur

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  • Audio CD (September 6, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Alliance
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #378,318 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Vintage keyboards, mellotron, moog, great performance of the instruments.
For the entire CD, little or no imagination is demonstrated whatsoever - the songs are basically just boring, pretty lethargic sounding - to my ear anyway.
Highly recommended along with Anglagard's Epilog (1994) to those folks looking for decent music in the current symphonic prog scene.
Jeffrey J.Park

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey J.Park VINE VOICE on March 15, 2008
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It is with great trepidation that I explore the new symphonic progressive bands. Ever since the release of the two excellent albums by Anglagard in the early 1990s, the new symphonic "progressive" scene has been saturated with music that...well, let me put it this way - I just do not care for much of it. Fortunately, Norwegian prog act Wobbler put out Hinterland (2005), which has a signature sound even while borrowing heavily from the 1970s prog acts (ELP, Genesis, King Crimson, a smidge of Gentle Giant and even some of the Italian bands). In combination with a little rock and Norwegian folk music, their brand of modern progressive rock shows that they are willing to work with both current styles and traditional ones - just like much of the best 1970s progressive rock.

The lineup on this album includes Lars Fredrik Froislie (Hammond C3, mellotron, mini-moog, ARP Axxe, Clavinet, ARP Pro soloist, grand piano, harpsichord, glockenspiel, Solina string ensemble, and Logan string melody), Martin Nordrum Kneppen (drums and percussion), Kristian Karl Hultgen (Rickenbacker bass guitar and saxophones), Morten Andreas Eriksen (electric and acoustic guitars) and Tony Johannessen (lead vocals). These guys are simply fantastic players. Dense ensemble work, virtuoso keyboard solos, hairpin metric shifts, and strange root movements are all over the place which makes this music incredibly interesting. I especially appreciate their exclusively analog approach, which lends a very organic and "real" feel to the music. The vocals (in English) are great and sound warm and inviting - like much of this album actually. The flute work (by Ketil Einarsen) is very nice and adds a great deal to the music.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By BENJAMIN MILER on November 19, 2006
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And that's no overexaggeration either! After Änglagård broke up following the release of Epilog and their performance at Progfest '94, there was this hole left off by them. So people were looking to Sinkadus, another Swedish band, but they too only managed two albums, Aurum Nostram (1997) and Cirkus (1999) before seeming to go quiet. Unfortunately, for many people, Sinkadus failed to live up to expectations, although in defense, it might be a bit too much to ask of another band to reach the heights of the mighty Änglagård. My only real complaint about Sinkadus is they lack edge.

Then comes Änglagård's reunion (this time without Tord Lindman) in 2002, and their appearance at Nearfest 2003. People was starting to have hope, but then things all went silent again for this group.

Now comes Wobbler, who hails from Hønefoss, Norway, who formed in 1999. Their keyboardist, Lars Fredrik Frøislie had played on White Willow's most recent release. Wobbler first posted some demo MP3s on their website, and in 2004-2005, they got to work on their first actual album, Hinterland, but even before the album even came out, they got invited to Nearfeat 2005, the only band ever invited solely on the strength of two MP3s! And rightfully so, as Hinterland certainly lives up to those expectations. Unfortunately those MP3s did not appear on this CD, after all, it wouldn't all fit if they did, and included the four cuts that are on the disc. This CD got released on the Laser's Edge label, a mail order company that's also a record label, in which White Willow recorded for (not to mention this label reissued lots of great prog).
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey D. Elsenheimer on October 20, 2006
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This is a VERY pleasant listen. In the vein of King Crimson or Anglagard. The band went to great lengths to recreate a very 70's prog sound, having read their bio on The Laser's Edge site (the label this was released on.) Using instruments from that era (God, has it been that long?), they manage to achieve this endeavor AND create some top- notch music to boot. All the tracks are lengthy, except for the short intro at the beginning, but by NO means boring. Quite mellow, not any bombastic guitar lines, but very enjoyable. Good bedtime music, sort- of like Close To The Edge (Yes.) Not alot of vocals, but the ones included are nice, not at all annoying. The more I listen to this, the more I realise that this is one of my favorite "quiet" progressive recordings. Would definitely purchase more music from this band. Oh yeah.... check out the MELLOTRON swell in the middle of track 2, "Hinterland." Does that sound identical to the awesome one on King Crimson's "Epitaph" or what???
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Warren W. Nelson on August 27, 2006
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Within the discouraging poverty of current musical trends Wobbler emerged in 2005 with this debut album of spectacular progessive rock. Avoiding commercial tendencies and relying instead on superb musicianship and songcraft this album can in many ways be seen as a throwback to the days of prog rock triumph. The opening notes of the title song 'Hinterland' appear to be an allusion or homage to 'Tarkus' by ELP but turn into a melodic landscape where lush instrumental propulsion and complication reward concentrated attention. A coordinated tapestry of rich keybords, synthesizers, and mellotron are propelled though many tricky musical designs which play out the epic sweep and involvment of these long compositions. Beautiful guitar and woodwind playing(mostly flute) reflects a strong melodic pulse but I'm probably more impressed with some of the active bass playing and the rich series of tones and changing spectrum of sound textures displayed throughout this album. The European and folk music influences are obvious since this band originated from Norway, but a large stylistic diversity is smoothly coordinated into a basically swiftly changing and rocking format. This is not a work that will reveal itself initially, but with a scope and ambition this large, the music will unfold in many accumulating layers of realization and awareness of musical depth. A highly rewarding progressive album!
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