Divine Baze Orchestra — Once We Were Born
(Transubstans Records Trans036, 2008, CD)
by Henry Schneider, Published 2008-10-01
The Divine Baze Orchestra is a new Swedish heavy progressive rock band with a 70s retro sound. Oliver Eek (guitars, backing vocals) and Christian Eklöf (drums, percussion) formed the band in 2003. Since then they’ve added Tobias Petterson (bass, backing vocals), Daniel Karlsson (organ, Mellotron), and Alexander Frisborg (lead vocals, tambourine, rhythm guitar). The music is great from the growling organ, the melodic and warm passages, to the spontaneous improvisations on some tracks. Then there is Alexander’s unique vocal style and his silver-throated voice belting out some wonderful bluesy tunes. This is the band’s debut release, which they recorded “live” in the studio with only overdubbing of vocals, Mellotron, and a couple of solos. This approach gives the album its gritty and satisfying down to earth sound. The Divine Baze Orchestra is being hailed as one of Sweden’s foremost rock bands and you can easily hear the reasons yourself. I can hear definite similarities to Budgie and perhaps Uriah Heep. Once We Were Born is a very enjoyable and listenable music experience with enough Hammond organ thrown in to please the diehard 70s prog rock fan. This album is a definite breath of fresh air in today’s heavy neo-prog scene.
Related artist(s): The Divine Baze Orchestra
Simeon Coxe RIP – Simeon Coxe, best known for his experimental electronics in the band Silver Apples, has died at the age of 82. The band's 1968 debut album set the stage for both German electronic music and experimental punk music a decade later. Coxe died on September 8 from pulmonary fibrosis. » Read more
Ennio Morricone RIP – Famed composer Ennio Morricone has died at the age of 91. The creator of scores for more than 500 movies, some of his works have become the most recognizable sounds in the history of cinema. His soundtracks for Sergio Leone's Westerns made from 1964 to 1971, are iconic landmarks in film music, but he also composed for dramas, comedies, and other genres. He won the Academy Award for Best Original Score in 2016 for The Hateful Eight. » Read more