Sipher is a new band from Bergen, Norway. Their frontman Eirik Søfteland is a celebrity in his native Norway , winning the Norwegian edition of You Can Dance (2013) and starring in a lot of other TV shows and programs. And now the wizard from Os is back! Os is BTW a municipality in Hordaland in Norway with Osøyro as a municipality center. September 21st Spiher releases the debut Atlas.
Sipher’s first single Atlas is epic, wide and unafraid, anchored in melodic rock, and put together by strong vocal arrangements and prog elements. Sipher is the brainchild and solo project of Norwegian singer and drummer, Eirik Søfteland. with his longtime friend and bass player Leif Herland, and Ylvis-producer and songwriter Lars Bleiklie Devik.
Atlas is a cacophony of ideas that represents a different part of musical inspiration for Eirik Søfteland. Together with Leif and Lars, Eirik matured these ideas and built a framework around them that became the wide musical expression that is Atlas. Spanning from a funk-drenched feel, to progressive twists and turns, melodic rock lines and Queen-sized choir parts, this record is challenging as a whole. And it delivers when it’s supposed to , and is crafted to coherence.
Playing live the progressive sextet consists of frontman Søfteland and Leif Herland (Sworn, KingCalling) on bass, Jens Erik Aasmundseth (ex-Major Parkinson) on drums, Jarle H. Olsen (Quadrasonic) and Tore Christer Storlid (Prog Atom) on guitars, and Magnus Johansen (Maraton, Withem, Hex A.D) on keyboards. Hard hitting riffs and melodic harmonies intertwine with progressive elements and wide choruses to make their sound a combination of classic hard rock and modern alternative and progressive rock.