Exposé Online banner

Divine Baze Orchestra — Once We Were Born
(Transubstans Records Trans036, 2008, CD)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2008-10-01

Once We Were Born Cover art

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.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 36, 2008 releases

Related artist(s): The Divine Baze Orchestra

Latest news

2018-02-18
Didier Lockwood RIP – Word reaches us today of the death of one of France's great jazz musicians, violinist Didier Lockwood. His playing bridged many worlds, from traditional jazz to fusion to progressive rock, and his talent can be heard on recordings by Magma, Clearlight, Pierre Moerlen's Gong, and many more. Lockwood was 62. » Read more

2018-02-15
10 Years of Fruits de Mer - The Incomplete Angler – Those of you who are faithful followers of Exposé will know that we have been promoting Fruits de Mer and its side labels and releases from nearly its first year. Now music journalist and author Dave Thompson has written a book chronicling the past ten years as a celebration of this milestone. » Read more

2018-02-14
Tom Rapp RIP – Singer / songwriter Tom Rapp, best known with the band Pearls Before Swine, passed away on February 12, at the age of 70, after a battle with cancer. » Read more

2018-01-30
Bill Bruford Ventures into Uncharted Territory – Drum master Bill Bruford, veteran of some of the most creative bands in history (King Crimson, Yes, Genese, etc.), is sharing some of what he's learned about being a drummer and a musician in his new book, Uncharted: Creativity and the Expert Drummer, out on University of Michigan Press. » Read more

2018-01-18
Christian Burchard RIP – Multi-instrumentalist Christian Burchard, who founded the seminal band Embryo in 1969, has died at the age of 71. His January 17 passing was announced on the band's Facebook page. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

vidnaObmana - The River of Appearance – In 1996 vidnaObmana recorded The River of Appearance, which was a high point of his early compositional style. Employing samples, loops, electronics, and sparse piano phrases, vidnaObmana crafted...  (2007) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues