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Apocalypso by Raoul Bjorkenheim

US-born Finnish Guitarist Raoul Bjorkenheim (who's played with Nicky Skopelitis and Edward Vesala) has a sound out of the Greatr White North: not unlike Jan Garbarek and Terje Rypdal, his guitar sound practically radiates a sunny, below-zero chill-laden energy. Not devoid of passion, y' understand - the passion is there, but the usual "hot licks" style common to most jazz, rock and blues doesn't apply. Bjorkenheim plays everything here: masses of guitars, bass, synthesized drums, layered in a "virtual orchestral" manner to convey maximum tension. This is dense, glacial music - think Terje Rypdal and King Crimson (at their Discipline'd Red-est) collaborating on re-scoring some Hitchcock movies. Bjorkenheim has chops so sharp you could get cut if you got too close, but his technique serves the music, not his ego. If you can think of the guitar as a six-stringed orchestra instead of just a solo or instrumental voice, Apocalypso will send you into orbit.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Raoul Bjorkenheim
  • CD Title: Apocalypso
  • Genre: Fusion
  • Year Released: 2001
  • Record Label: Cuneiform
  • Rating: Three Stars
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