. OCTOBER 2017
We are in October 2017, over the last three months I've been listening to more than 40 releases, and how difficult it is to choose one that represents this October 2017, also it will be recognized as one of the best albums and band from  this year. After selecting a few albums and listening to them several times, I chose an band and their album that called me the attention, mainly for being a current band, but with a soul and a feeling strongly  linked to the glorious 70's. For one of the best band and album here from my choice, I introduce to you the Gentle Knife band, a progressive rock ensemble featuring an impresive cast of musicians. Gentle Knife is a Scandinavian's band, coming from Oslo, Norway and was formed back in 2012. Gentle Knife's signature sounds perfectly around the classic 70’s Progressive Rock, meantime, introducing a modern take around the compositions, using male and female vocalists, multiple guitarists, keys, synths, mellotron, basses, sax, trumpet flute and many more. All musicians on the band  are an innovative and audacious, mixes various rhythms and styles in a highly personalized merger, they performe a style very well connected around many musical references such as Progressive Rock, Crossover Prog, Jazz Rock Fusion, Classic Rock, Hard Rock and Classic Music. The Gentle Knife's arrangements sounds very impressive, full of grandiose passages, the instrumentation displays a deep Progressive Rock feeling, combining Symphonic elements, with hints of Hard Rock, Jazz Fusion and Classic Rock, constantly is possible hear a variety of sounds, with different arrangements, using atmospheric synths and, many guitar solos, adorned by many others instruments like bass, flutes, trumpet, saxophones, drums, woodwinds and samples, surprisingly, with this musical configuration and with some characteristics of classical music, they don't have any string instruments. However, one of the biggest attractions of the band is in the female and male vocals of Veronika Hørven Jensen and Håkon Kavli, both with different vocals tones but very well applied in the arrangements, a perfect combination, perhaps even a trademark of the band. Gentle Knife follows in the same line of some famous icons from the past such as "Gentle Giant", "Van Der Graaf Generator", "King Crimson", "Jethro Tull", "Soft Machine" and "Moody Blues", but with superb mastery, Gentle Knife and their fantastic musicians, reveal a modern and unmistakable musical concept, in the line of "Porcupine Tree", "Steven Wilson", "Big Big Train", "Kerrs Pink", "White Willow", "Wobbler", "The Windmill"," Gazpacho" and so on. "Clock Unwound"  features a startling diversity in its compositional approach, all the tracks on the album flow together, the compositions are sophisticated, arrangements are elaborated, a highly surrealistic meeting between magical and the  environment romanticism. This album is divided into six compositions, 55 minutes of a pure musical delight. All compositions are perfect, even so I have my preferes songs and I can list them, "Clock Unwound" is the masterpiece of this album, with almost 16 minutes,  this song revels a strong musical feeling around the musicians, with rich textured layers, divided into incredible passages, such as a big "Suite". The second track is "Fade Away", where flutes, guitars, keyboards dominating the arrangements, nice vocals ilustrating a soft melody a song full of romantism.  "Smother" follows as an adventurous movie soundtrack, good song for a new 007's movie. "Plans Askew" is another masterpiece from this album, guitar's solos all time dominating  the composition, but without agressiviness, this song is also full of a romantism, flutes, guitars, and nice keyboards all come together beautifully on this song. Closing this amazing album with this final track called "Resignation", a impressive composition with narrations atmosphericas in an experimental environment in the line of King Crimson, but with the Gentle Knife's signature, may be another masterpiece form this fantastic album. Do not think twice to listen to this wonderful album and know more about those musicians on this band, you really can bet that you will not regret. Brilliant and fantastic, an amazing album and band, highly recommendable...

The line-up on Gentle Knife are:
Astraea Antal – Flutes, Woodwinds And Visuals
Pål Bjørseth – Keyboards, Vocals, Trumpet
Odd Grønvold – Bass
Thomas Hylland Eriksen – Sax And Woodwinds
Veronika Hørven Jensen – Vocals
Håkon Kavli – Vocals, Guitars
Eivind Lorentzen – Guitars And Synths
Charlotte Valstad Nielsen – Saxophones
Ove Christian Owe – Guitars
Ole Martin Svendsen – Drums, Percussion
Brian M. Talgo – Samples, Words, Vocals, Visions And Artwork


Pre assembly:

1989: Charlotte Valstad Nielsen and Eivind Lorentzen study musicology together at the University of Oslo.

From the left: Brian M. Talgo, Pål Bjørseth, Odd Grønvold, Astraea Antal, Veronika Hørven Jensen, Ole Martin Svendsen, Håkon Kavli, Charlotte Valstad Nielsen, Eivind Lorentzen, Ove Christian Owe. Thomas Hylland Eriksen was not present when the photo was taken. Gentle Knife caught live at Progbotn 2017. Photo: Thomas Hysvær, Rockshots.no

1994: Artist and author Brian M. Talgo establishes his cellar atelier in Oslo. He paints while listening to King Crimson just below the flat where Eivind is practicing Guitar Craft-primaries and repertoire. They become friends and sense that something creative can be achieved.

1995: Ove Christian Owe and Yoshiji Goto meet in Seoul, Korea in August 1995. They jam, write and record music in Yoshiji’s home studio in Omori, Tokyo in the winter of 1996. Yoshiji later designs our band logo.

Early 2000: Saxophonist Thomas Hylland Eriksen comes out to the world and to the owner of Bajkal Records, Øivind Hånæs, as an unashamed prog saxophone player.

From 2003, Eivind, Pål, Odd Grønvold, Håkon Kavli, Ole Martin Svendsen and Astraea Antal play and gig together in various bands, cabarets and at various events. Occasionally, they sneak in music of their own into the sets. They get told off. They soon realize something’s cooking.

2008: Pål Bjørseth graduates with a master degree in musicology.
Autumn 2012: Eivind, Ove Christian, Pål and Ole Michael Bjørndal begin discussing musical ideas.

May 2013: Eivind and Ove Christian start practicing guitar together. They feel that some of the ideas ask for a larger team to bring them about. Smells progressive.


2013: Eivind, Brian, Pål, Ove Christian, Odd, Ole Martin and Ole Michael meet, improvise and rehearse various stuff. They quickly agree that playing covers is not the thing, and acknowledge that new music insists on being written.

June 2013: Parts of the track Impetus are recorded at Per Øyvind Paulsen’s Bark Studio in Oslo.

2014: Woodwinds are wanted. Astraea Antal and Thomas join. The gradually expanding group convenes more frequently for rehearsals and improvisation.
The group realizes the importance of Brian’s lyrics, and embrace his artwork and photography as an integral visual trigger and inspiration.

October 2014: Håkon joins on vocals and guitars. We have a leading male vocalist.

November 2014: Melina Oz joins as the leading female vocalist for our debut album. At this point, our little prog rock doodles have grown longer. Riffs, melody lines and soli merge. Sound, visual ideas and other ingredients come together to shape a future progressive rock monster.

Gentle KnifeThe Band

That day in 2014: We agree on our band name. Its’ origin remains our little secret. You are more than welcome to ask any band member at any time, but you will probably get a different answer for each person you ask…

November 2014: We realize we need fellow knifers to express our ideas, and launch an official Facebook band page. There is an immediate positive response from our surroundings.

There’s more.

Debut album – Gentle Knife (2015)

Winter 2014-2015: On several occasions, we travel on slippery winter roads to SoundLab Studioes in Skotselv, Buskerud/Norway for improvisation sessions – and recording. We realize we are actually recording our debut album.
Ole Michael Bjørndal contributes additional guitar on some of the debut CD, before choosing to focus on other bands – Oak and Airbag’s Bjørn Riis.
Astrid Lenvik contributes with additional lyrics on the debut CD.

April 4 2015: Yoshiji Goto, Grafiquo, Tokyo/Japan designs our iconic logo. Thank you, Yoshiji!

May 2015: Debut album release: Gentle Knife

May 2 2015: Debut album release concert in Oslo, Norway. Melina Oz sings the female vocals, before moving on to other rock projects, i.e. Up Against the Phantom. Thank you Melina, for your voice on our debut CD!

2015: The amount of positive international reviews and interest exceeds our expectations. This drives us forward to create more new progressive rock, and towards more daring endeavors, and more live gigs.

Second album – Clock Unwound (2017)

December 11 2016: We name our second album: Clock Unwound.

February 11 2017: Gentle Knife Live at Progbotn 2017, Kolbotn, Norway in the good company of Trettioåriga Kriget.

April 2017: Kristine Gulheim designs the logo for our second album. Sigga Pia Olholm does the graphic designs for the booklet.

May 20 2017: Gentle Knife Live at We Låve Rock 2017, Holmsbu, Hurum in the good company of Clive Nolan, Infringement, Adventure, MEER and A.C.T. This gig leaves us excited and hungry for more.

June 15 2017: We release our 2nd album, Clock Unwound. Within a few short months, the reviews are extensive. So is the air time.

October 28 2017: Gentle Knife Live at Progtober 2017, Oslo, Norway in the good company of Fatal Fusion.

November 1 2017: WiV Entertainment GmbH and The Night of the Prog XIII – Loreley prog rock festival announces Gentle Knife to the lineup for 2018.
November 4 2017: Gentle Knife Live at Haugaland Prog&Rock Festival in the good company of David Cross Band, Det Skandaløse Orkester, Fatal Fusion, Fengande Spetakkel, Magic Pie, Novocaine, Ring van Möbius, Seven Impale, Shaman Elephant and Ruphus.

Our sonic helpers and the recording processes

An integral part of our sound comes from the fine sound experts that work with us. They not only add a professional brush, but help clarify the musical ideas and place the actual product in your hands – and in your ears. We are very grateful to all!

Our record company:
Bajkal Records was launched in 1989 from the small village of Aurland in west Norway, before relocating to Krokstadelva in Buskerud county. The founder, Øivind Hånes, is a Norwegian author, musician, composer and producer. Øivind has collaborated with several of us in different contexts for several decades, and contributes on organ on Epilogue: Locus Amoenus.

New Release

"Clock Unwound"

01) Prelude: Incipit
02) Clock Unwound
03) Fade Away
04) Smother
05) Plans Askew
06) Resignation

The relentless passage of time is the main theme of our 2nd album, Clock Unwound, which delves into lives overshadowed by longing and disappointment. Plans go askew, lovers betray and dreams fade. Yet, as a sense of resignation descends upon a dystopic inner landscape, moments of beauty remain. Songs are epic in format, and play across a broad spectrum of emotions.

Gentle Knife (2015):
Our first album was recorded in short, intense sessions with many musicians in the studio, developing ideas on the go or playing off on one another. Some of us had ideas where any given song was going. Others contributed by creative improvisation. This fused into a product combining structure and play.
Øyvind Engebretsen at Sound Lab Studioes As (Skotselv, Norway) knew how to capture these sessions on tape. Neil Kernon knew how to make sense of it all in the final mix. His experience from a number of classic records served him well in solving the puzzle of many tracks in a short and intense mixing period. Morten Lund’s expert mastering and final touch at Lunds Lyd (Oslo, Norway) gave our debut album a sound that we are very content to present to our audience. All three did a great job, above and beyond the call of duty. Daniel Engen Productions delivered CDs by the crateful on our doorstep.

Clock Unwound (2017):
For our second album, more of the material was rehearsed, and all band members were now hands-on during a longer writing and recording period, with more attention to composition. We combined pre-planned recordings with improvisation in home studios and professional sound rooms.
Both Øystein Vesaas at Lydkjøkkenet, Moss, and Øyind Voldmo Larsen at Lionheart Studio, Oslo greeted us warmly and facilitated recordings for our second album. Unsung Productions, Berlin, Germany handled mix and mastering: Marcus Reuter and Benjamin Schaefer used their unique sound modelling techniques to enhance our efforts. Lee Fletcher‘s mastering ensured a fine blend. Once again we leaned on Daniel Engen Production‘s swift and reliable services to deliver crates of CDs in the 11th hour

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Gentle Knife - Resignation

Gentle Knife live - Our Quiet Footsteps (2017)

Gentle Knife - Eventide

Gentle Knife - Remnants of Pride

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