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Audio CD, Import, May 31, 2011
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  • Audio CD (May 31, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Indies Japan/Zoom
  • ASIN: B004XZQ90I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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This is a fine recording, with good compositions and great musicianship.
Idaho
This is the third album of the Norweigan band Wobbler follow Hinterland 2005 and Afterglow 2009.
Renzo Gellona Wright
Wonderfully elaborate structures that are also fluid and moving and breathtaking.
P. Schumacher

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By BENJAMIN MILER on May 24, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Rites at Dawn is the brand new release from this retro-prog band from Norway. At least the wait wasn't as long for this release as it was with Afterglow (there was a nearly four year gap between Hinterland and Afterglow). The band brought in a new vocalist, Andreas Prestmo, who I feel is quite a bit easier on the ears. Lars Fredrik Frøisle gives us tons of great Hammond organ, Moog, and Mellotron, and this time around, he acquired himself a Chamberlin M1 and puts it to good use here. That makes this, along with the 1976 debut album by Indiana-based prog rock band Ethos called Ethos (Ardour) (released on Capitol Records, of all things) one of the rare examples of an album that uses both Mellotron and Chamberlin. Apparently the Chamberlin Lars bought (from an American seller) is one, of maybe three Chamberlins on Scandinavian territory (Mattias Olsson of Änglagård fame has a MusicMaster 600, and a Rhythmate at his Roth Händle studios), if not all of Europe (Chamberlins were not sold commercially outside of the United States).

Wobbler creates yet another fantastic album, this time a more melodic approach. Vocals are much more dominate, but emphasizing Yes, Gentle Giant, and even Crosby, Stills & Nash-like vocal harmonies. In fact, Yes is a valid comparisons, but unlike Yes, this group will often shift into minor chords, and while I can't point a finger at it, there's a Nordic vibe in the music (maybe that's no surprise, given they're Norwegian). What you get is more great, creative prog passages, and nothing but analog gear. Lars Fredrik Frøisle completely avoids digital gear like the plague. I can't believe I'm hearing a CD recorded between 2009 and early 2011, because it sounds so genuinely '70s.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Renzo Gellona Wright on July 6, 2011
Format: Audio CD
This album it's a Classic

I dont Want a be exaggerated but this is the best record of progressive rock since the mid 70's in sound and in musical interpretation stand right by side with the best of Yes or Genesis,Focus,Nektar maybe King Crimson records.
This is the third album of the Norweigan band Wobbler follow Hinterland 2005 and Afterglow 2009.
In Rites at Down they found the trail of inspiration not only in musical performance, for the first time the band sounds like Wobbler (not like the Previews work they sound like a number of acts).
Rites at Down The Album indeed Its a Huge selection of great songs with a perfect interpretation of the band, great Voice and harmonies and great lyrics ,Groovee Drums with feeling, Rickenbaker Bass, atmospheric guitars originall arpegios, a huge Collection of Vintage Keyboards real keyboards not emulators or Nord Keys. Thats Bring the perfect Harmony in Rites at Dawn a new classic.
The record sound Does not compare to anything modern. If you love the old and warm sound you gonna be amazed for the good taste in sound.

If you Want a see something more about the band and the record try to find at youtube a video documentary of 22 parts about the making of the record and the simplicity of this great musicians.

A big Toast for Wobbler

Gratulerer til musikk av Norge

The Lineup

Lars Fredrik Frøislie - keyboards (and some vocals)
Kristian Karl Hultgren - bass guitar
Martin Nordrum Kneppen - drums, crum horn and recorder
Morten Andreas Eriksen - guitar
Andreas Prestmo - lead vocals

Just one problem there are no more copies on Amazon
I hope they send more.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey J.Park VINE VOICE on January 13, 2012
Format: Audio CD
This outfit from Norway fulfills a need amongst those of us that used to listen to Yes on vinyl (records). I have to say I loved this 2011 release and find it to be a more accomplished and mature version of their 2005 release Hinterland.

Although admittedly contributing nothing new to progressive rock, these guys definitely have a signature sound - a sound that I can not get enough of to tell the truth. This sound is defined by Hammond organ, mellotron, and analog synthesizers including the mini-moog (provided by the White Willow keyboardist), soaring over a deft rhythm section. The guitarist is also very good and has his own style; interweaving clean and distorted guitar parts throughout. The vocalist is the biggest change to the group and he has a higher pitched voice than his predecessor - yes, it reminds me a tiny bit of Jon Anderson. Although Wobbler runs the risk of sounding like a Yes tribute band with this vocalist, they actually pull it off and make it all their own. Besides, the influences that I hear include a lot of the Italian progressive bands (especially Cherry Five) - maybe a little Gentle Giant too.

The ensemble work on Rites at Dawn is breathtaking to say the least - they have really gelled as a group and it shows. I was also glad to see that they backed away from the epics. The arrangement on a ten or twelve minute piece is a lot easier to pull together and the longer tracks on the album are clean and extremely well-organized.

The sound quality on this album is great, although I thought the bass was a little too loud. I also like the little details on the CD cover, including the track listing on the back, which is laid out like it would have been on a record cover. I also like the cover art - it is sedate and ethereal...
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