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7 for 4 - Diffusion (2008)

Posted By: Andi_Deris
7 for 4 - Diffusion (2008)

7 for 4 - Diffusion (2008)
EAC Rip | FLAC: Tracks+Cue+Log | 359 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 129 Mb | Scans | 76 Mb | Time: 52:38
Genre: Progressive Rock, Jazz Rock, Fusion | Label: MGI Records | Cat.№: MGR 1023

7 for 4's new album starts with Diffusion, which introduces us with a mellow jazzy guitar line. 7 For 4 didn't change their recipe: as with the previous albums, it soon changes for a rock-metal style which could remind me of the band Royal Hunt without lyrics. It's always cut by jazzy lines on bass and guitar, hard to hate, really. It's followed by Indigo Dunes, where the keyboards have a sound similar to the ones used by Liquid Tension Experiment, and a similar use too. In Overall, this track has a slower tempo than most of what 7 for 4 gave us by the past, but it's nonetheless really interesting, especially when considering the basslines taking their places in there. A really balanced piece, one of the best on the CD in my opinion.

The Winding Path has a great introduction, slower, well sustained with well placed piano. Similarly to Emoctify, it gives a strong Liquid Tension Experiment vibe in its heaviest parts. The structure of The Winding Path is slightly more classic-oriented than many other compositions, as far as I can tell. Not a bad thing, it reminds you of stricter symphonic metal, something Vinnie Moore could be proud of if he wasn't so lost back there in the 80's.

Silent Flow is way closer to an ambiance track than anything the band has pulled before (except maybe X-Dreams and parts of Rockalaxy, from Contact). Its composition mainly relies on the guitar, with support from Grützner's fretless sound. It's a track with a refinement they did not possess before, and it's frankly great to see them able to still find new stuff to give to their listeners given the number of genres they already managed to cover before. I would almost go as far as saying that Zenk's guitar nearly reminds me of some of the stuff David Gilmour could do, at least in the feeling. It comes close.

Cyclotron is really fast-paced piece, on every instrument, and as with every album from 7 for 4, you get slower bits at some points, but this never lasts too long. Really, it's the same pattern that can be heard in Spiral Dance or mostly any other song, except it doesn't grow old due to the fact that while the structure is the same, the recipe changes. I mean there are many kinds of pie, and even if it's chocolate or apple pie, it's still a pie. And it's hard to stop wanting more (I am mastering the art of pointless analogies.)

Oh yeah, I just mentioned Spiral Dance, but I must add it's the mandatory Latin song on the album. Contact and Time both had at least a Latin track, and Diffusion doesn't break the rule, although the band incorporated some neo-prog-like keyboards in it. When it stops, you go back to an acoustic/classical guitar filling the track, something Zenk doesn't prepare us for beforehand.

Hidden Depths is way jazzier, led by Grützner's fretless bass at times. This goes up there with Silent Flow in terms of closer to ambiance and refined sound. Again, one of my favourites from the album. So far I've liked the 3 slower tracks more, so maybe it's just my mood at the moment, but I like the direction 7 For 4 takes with this album.

Mystic Mouse (as described by the band)
Take 7 and add 4, then divide into 4 equal parts, as far as possible. You get an 11/8 beat with subdivisions 3-3-2-2. All you need to add to finish the song is some chords. How's that for mystic…?

In conclusion

Diffusion completes the previous albums really well. To me, the style is pretty much halfway between Time and Contact. It closes the tiny style gab between both albums and balances the whole thing even more. This album sure makes me promise to be a long-time fan of 7 For 4. It's got some really good songs nobody should miss on if they like 7 for 4's style. ~ parseidon.com



7 for 4 - Diffusion (2008)


Track Listing

01. Diffusion (5:54)
02. Indigo Dunes (5:55)
03. Emoctify (4:50)
04. The Winding Path (6:45)
05. Silent Flow (7:43)
06. Cyclotron (4:24)
07. Spiral Dance (6:24)
08. Hidden Depths (5:32)
09. Mystic Mouse (5:11)

Produced by Wolfgang Zenk

The Band

• Wolfgang Zenk - guitar
• Markus Grützner - bass
• Klaus Engl - drums
• Markus Froschmeier - keyboards

guest
• Thomas Streck - additional keyboards

Exact Audio Copy V0.99 prebeta 4 from 23. January 2008

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7 for 4 / Diffusion

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