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Crossover Prog

3.60 | 51 ratings

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4 stars This Norwegian formation was founded in the mid-Nineties as a trio, but gradually it turned into a six-piece band. During the years Nordagust released three demo's, in 1999, 2001 and 2003. Then the debut CD entitled In The Mist Of Morning was released as a demo in 2007 and in 2010 as an official album by the Norwegian label Karisma Rekords.

The ten Mellotron drenched compositions on In The Mist Of Morning reminds me of the debut albums by fellow Skandinavian bands Anglagard, Landberk, Anekdoten and Sinkadus. But way more simply structured, with the focus on emotion. The climates alternate between dreamy, compelling and sumptuous featuring breathtaking interplay between the omnipresent Mellotron, intense guitar work and a propulsive rhythm-section. An extra dimension is the vocal contribution (in English), pretty expressive/theatrical (I notice elements of the late Marc Bolan): the one moment fragile or melancholic, the other moment powerful with a desperate or wailing undertone. This is a special flavour, but you have to be up to the dramatic vocals, and the frequent dark atmosphere.

I am very positive about Nordagust their first official CD release, to me it sounds as Nineties Skandinavian prog, topped with very emotional vocals (like in blues, flamenco and fado). This is perfect music for dark and lonely late sessions, "Music is your only friend, until the end" as Jim Morrison once wrote. And for the Tron-maniacs, wow, lots of mindblowing moments with flute, violin and choir sections! Unfortunately it has turned out that Nordagust was a promising one-shot-band ...

TenYearsAfter | 4/5 |


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