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2.43 | 78 ratings

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Ouch! This album really hurts. How is it possible to go that low?

Only in a two years period of time. Two explanations: Roine is gone, which with no doubt has an enormous impact on Kaipa's music at the time and two years have passed since their last album.

Meaning that the early eighties were not the best times for prog. And one can figure this out while listening to this album.

It is quite a shock to listen to the first two tunes. Awful AOR all the way round. Kind of pre-Asia if you see what I mean. And at this time, the Swedish vocals really don't help. Mats Löfgren was not really great on their previous album (which was very good by the way), but here he sounds rather poor.

After this disgusting start, "Regn" appears as a jewel. A wonderful and melodic instrumental (which is by far their strength) reminds us that "Kaipa" can still deliver true symphonic moments. An excellent track which is by far the best of this album (but it is not difficult).

Another good moment is the instrumental (again) intro of "Elgrandi Krig". Scary, bombastic. For three minutes or so. Just before the nightmare starts all over again.

Just avoid this album. Two stars, no more (and I am generous).

ZowieZiggy | 2/5 |


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