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5 stars This is a masterpiece of heavily symphonic progressive rock. Whatever anyone says... :-)

Look here, I've wondered why ÄNGLAGARD could not re-release their brilliant portraits till they did recently. Now I suggest their thought was the same as David Bowie. That is, they might not want to be tied to their past. (Well also David did not try to sing his old hit songs at all on the stage.) Now could they wipe the feeling out? Whatever happened, thanks ÄNGLAGARD and Alvarsdotter Records for re-releasing it.

Their music style or characteristic is definitely the mixture of heavy riff by a bass, drums, a guitar, and classic sound and phrase. Especially Anna Holmgren's flute is very lyrical, free and easy, and graceful. Indeed in other progressive rock bands are some flute players, but believe me, I feel nobody else can play such a graceful play.

The very start...Jordrök. Exact an explosion of an emotional and excited keyboard solo. How impressive! After that, fast and fluently, drums and percussions, and loud guitar sounds knock us out. Our heart rate may be faster and faster. In a middle part, as above mentioned, a flute solo may let us weep. Also sound of a pipe organ is wonderful. Scrambled with aggressiveness and gentleness, this song should be a killer one. On the next track Vandringar i Vilsenhet please weep again with a floating flute solo. And suddenly your tears are blown away by the loud and dark bullets. In general this song is so plaintive that you may not feel the heaviness. Yes, you bet, all this album has such an atmosphere. Ifrån Klarhet Till Klarhet has a fantastic voice by Tord Lindman, not only a spice. He must not be beaten by other heavy instruments. Why can they make such a well-balanced work? In the beginning of Kung Bore is a melancholic and complex guitar solo. And more complex percussions and a flute sound follows that. the middle part the fighting with a flute solo and an acoustic guitar one is very very amazing, and terrific voice, key & synth... At last all instruments attack you completely'll fly away from here. :-)

Enjoy it. Again thanks ÄNGLAGARD for your great masterpiece.

DamoXt7942 | 5/5 |


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