November
En Ny Tid Ar Har...


4.0
excellent

Review

by Voivod STAFF
September 17th, 2012 | 14 replies | 1,064 views


Release Date: 1970 | Tracklist

Review Summary: November’s debut album is an excellent piece of vintage rock and an essential source of inspiration for the contemporary breed of homologous acts.

If the 21st century vintage rock revival has succeeded in anything, it’s that it proved the genre’s great appeal over a much younger audience. On a later stage, the quality of contemporary bands prompted new fans to dig deep and search for their primary sources of inspiration, while older fans started to dust their old vinyls and take their ‘70s trousers out of the closet to see if they still fit in them. Above all countries, Sweden has warmly embraced vintage and progressive rock, ever since its atypical birth during the late ‘60s/early ‘70s. The immediate impact of bands such as Grand Funk Railroad, Cream, Led Zeppelin, Jethro Tull and Black Sabbath soon urged a whole generation of Swedish youngsters to exploit the country’s excellent educational system in learning a musical instrument and form bands of their own. Sweden’s November are a definitive case in point. Assembled in a Swedish youth club, their finalized lineup - Christer Stålbrandt (bass, vocals), Richard Rolf (guitars) and Björn Inge (drums) - was the end product of several prior and rather unstable incarnations, while their debut album En Ny Tid Är Här... is an excellent vintage rock album and a great source of inspiration for contemporary and homologous outfits.

November were among the first Swedish rock acts that wrote lyrics in their mother tongue during the ‘70s. A non-trivial mixture of German and English and equally smooth sounding with the latter constituent language, the Swedish language, along with the soothing vocals of bassist Christer Stålbrandt, form an extraordinary combination for November to approach vintage rock from their own perspective. Floating over a tight but discrete rhythm section, their hard rock/blues attempts (“Mount Everest”, “Lek Att Du Är Barn Igen”) are excellently complemented by Rolf’s subtle yet essential leads and the outstanding use of the flute. The latter attains a gentle, progressive rock character, not too far from the relevant work of iconic players such as Ian Anderson. Being strategically scattered throughout the album, the blues songs along with their latent hard rock leanings consist of fantastic introductions for the pure hard rock (“Ta Ett Steg I sagans land”, “En annan värld”) and hippie/boogie (“Sekunder”, “Åttonde) groove of the album. In this respect, the rhythm section of Stålbrandt and Inge is stepping out of the blues foreplay through Inge’s frenzied but well-thought drumming and Stålbrandt’s orgasmic bass lines (listen to “Åttonde”), while Rolf’s lead and rhythm guitars are cruising the songs with style. It will take no more than 2-3 listening sessions in realizing that November rest on the same level of excellence with their heroes, i.e. bands such as Led Zeppelin, Jethro Tull and Grand Funk Railroad, to name a few.

What is left to be said; En Ny Tid Är Här... deserves to be discovered by those who haven't given in to its infinite merits. No matter how many times one will leave oneself to be enticed by it, its juices will remain abundant in easing the thirst for mesmerizing vintage rock.



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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
September 17th 2012



5895 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Constructive criticism is most welcome.


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Gyromania
September 17th 2012



15164 Comments


good shit dude - have a pos.

i wonder if i'd like this.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
September 17th 2012



5895 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

This is fantastic.

One could use this album instead of alcohol to get the guts to go and talk to a girl he likes.

It's THAT sexy.



Edit: Too bad there are no more YouTube links to post.

TheNotrap
September 17th 2012



7955 Comments


"November’s debut album is an excellent piece of vintage rock and an essential source of inspiration for the contemporary breed of homologous acts."
Sounds promising, need to check.

Good work as always, have dad pos.

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scissorlocked
September 17th 2012



3508 Comments


nice one man

never checked this band, but the 2 songs you rec'd are pretty good

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JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
September 17th 2012



19897 Comments


I need to check this out, definitely sounds like my kinda thing.

Will check out those links in a bit.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
September 17th 2012



5895 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Thanks scissor.

Jamie find this album, it's right up your alley.

Sniff
September 17th 2012



1092 Comments


U suede?

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
September 17th 2012



5895 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Nope but i really dig the Swedish prog/vintage rock scene, old or contemporary, among other fine Swedish musical products.

Also I think that the Swedish power is excellent, all gloomy and doomy in parts.

Sniff
September 17th 2012



1092 Comments


There's nothing special about our power. You like doom?

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
September 17th 2012



5895 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Listen to the last Tad Morose album and you will change your mind.

Yeah I love doom, Candlemass, Veni Domine etc.

Sniff
September 17th 2012



1092 Comments


And yet you haven't rated any Witchcraft albums... Anyway good review as usual

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
September 17th 2012



5895 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

So many bands, so little time.

I intend to go through Witchcraft really soon, though.

CaptainDooRight
September 17th 2012



28297 Comments


sweet rev bro and good length, pos'd hard

gonna have to check er

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