Thanos "ProgCaliph" Patsos
Describing themselves as ‘comedy rock’, Det Skandalose Orkester (the Scandalous Orchestra) present us with their first album NO HAR DE LAGET SKANDALE IGJEN! Although singing in Norwegian (I think!), the sound of vocals does not alienate the untrained listener and fits the music perfectly.
In 45’ minutes of eclectic, almost avant-garde, theatrical progressive rock, the Norwegians present us a fine mix of uplifting and entertaining music, reminiscent of a number of legendary but also more modern prog rock acts: the peculiarity of Frank Zappa, the eclecticism of Gong or Gentle Giant and the more contemporary theatrics of Beardfish. Several short interludes, often with a recurring theme, break up the album in theatrical ‘scenes’, as a presenter would do in a virtual circus! The main compositions are full of experimentation but also maintain a solid structure and sound fairly catchy, which makes this album somewhat ‘accessible’ despite its given peculiarity. For the Greek fans, the band that comes closer to mind is Zoolixo Ligo, so you know you are in for a treat…
Highly recommended – check them out!