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7for4 - Contact - 2001 - MGI Records

7FOR4 are four very talented guys from Munich/Germany. Maybe talented is not the right term here because all four dispose of experience and know-how. Wolfgang Zenk who impresses with his virtuos guitar playing was a member of the German prog metal band SIEGES EVEN (which can also be found in the Prog Archives) as well as leader and lecturer of MGI München (Munich), Germany's best known institute for professional guitar education. Markus Grützner played bass for several Jazz/Fusion bands and did so on several European tours of the well known Broadway musical "Hair". Klaus Engl also is a lecturer, he works for the drum-institute "Drummer's Focus" and played together with Markus Grützner in a Heavy-Rock band. The keyboard player Markus Froschmeier has his roots in the classical genre and adds some of his influences to the general sound of the band. Speaking about general sound I have to mention that it is quite difficult to find a term describing the style applicatively. Besides the fact that the music is all instrumental, you can say that it is a mixture of Prog Metal and Jazz Rock/Fusion, sounding as if LTE and the MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA get together. But nearly every song seems to have different influences so you can find tunes with a country, "gypsy music" or Brazilian samba flavour, most of it played incredibly fast. The band released two albums so far. The first one called "Contact" was released in 2001. Their current album is called "Time" and was released in 2004. Both albums are incredible and feature the quite unique sound I described above as well as awesome cover artwork. You can't say which of them is the better one. My suggestion is that you purchase both. With that said I can end with mentioning that I really recommend checking out this terrific band. If you have the chance to get one of their albums, don't wait and grape it. If you even have the chance to see them live, don't falter, I can tell you that it's really worth the effort, I've seen them and they really blew me away. © Martin Dietrich, GERMANY © Prog Archives, All rights reserved http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=1279

The level of musical proficiency shown by the individual band members in 7 for 4 is astonishing and it is amazing that 7 for 4 is not a better known band in the jazz rock/fusion genre. This is a brilliant mostly instrumental progressive jazz rock fusion album with too many influences to mention here. Wolfgang Zenk is a highly underestimated guitar virtuoso and composer and plays sterling guitar on this album which is HR by A.O.O.F.C. Read an interview with Wolfgang Zenk @ http://www.guitar9.com/interview137.html Buy the band’s “Diffusion” album and support real music. Check this blog for more info [All tracks @ 320 Kbps: File size = 120 Mb]


1 X-Dreams 5:14
2 Tokamak 3:57
3 La Provence 6:06
4 E-Gyptian 5:05
5 Highlands 7:11
6 Rushian 5:15
7 Rockalaxy 4:50
8 Catking 7:46
9 Subspace Distortion 6:07

All tracks composed by Wolfgang Zenk except Track 8 by Wolfgang Zenk & Greg Keller


Wolfgang Zenk - Guitar
Markus Grützner - Bass, Fretless Bass
Markus Froschmeier - Keyboards
Klaus Engl - Drums
Greg Keller - Vocals on Track 8

1 comment:

A.O.O.F.C said...


P/W is aoofc