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The Windmill


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The prog rock band The Windmill was started in autumn 2001. Initiator Jean Robert Viita had already done some work with Morten Clason and Arnfinn Isaksen, and later, Bent Jensen, Vidar Kleivane and Erik Borgen joined in. The band name was then Windmill, and the early years consisted of sporadic rehearsals around the Asker and Røyken area. The music was (and still is) self-composed, with significant contributions from “Jeanni”.

In autumn 2005 it was decided to record a CD, and when it became necessary for both studio and a permanent rehearsal venue, both were to be found at Bent’s home in Fredrikstad, and the first recordings were made late autumn of 2005. “Bulle” had by then replaced Vidar behind the drums and finished the drum recordings during a couple of weeks.

2006-2007 was the subject of much trial and error in the studio. Recordings after recordings followed, but the disposal rate was high! The fact that we had only Monday afternoons available for recording contributed to a fair amount of delay in the process. In parallel to that there were rehearsals with regard to our first live gig, which was held at Maiden in Oslo in April 2007, as a support act for the Norwegian progband Panzerpappa. This gig turned out to be quite a success!

2008 came and went without seeing the album finished. Much good work was laid down in the studio, but technical problems sat the project back. September 27th the second live gig took place in the venue “Sekkefabrikken” in Slemmestad Norway.


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  • Hermes3megisto

    Awesome. Great New Old Prog XD lovely atmosphere, great ambient, beautiful melodies... This is not to liesten' only once... AT ALL!!!

    1 Jul 2011 Reply
  • hashcake77

    I really like Don't be Afraid (from the Classic Rock Prog magazine).

    12 Sep 2010 Reply

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