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5 stars Essential nineties symphonic masterpiece.

Anglagard were part of the early nineties Sweedish prog scene but unfortunately only released 2 albums. This, Hybris is the first. The album is not particularly long and consists of only 4 tracks, 5 if you have the remastered version.

Anglagard play complex and hauntingly beautiful melodic symphonic prog very much influenced by the seventies prog scene; you'll hear parts that remind you of most of the seventies giants but with a bit of themselves added to the mix it doesn't come across as contrived. The music is largely instrumental which to be honest is no bad thing as on the few occasions Tord Lindman does sing his vocals are never more than adequate. Anglagard produce a very dynamic sound with much light and shade ranging from a pastoral feel to more bombastic moments dominated by searing lead guitar, Hammond organ and a dextrous rhythm section . Like their fellow countrymen Anekdoten they also use mellotron to great effect. Anna Holmgren's flute is also an integral part of the bands sound which features heavily and she plays beautifully.

It's to Anglagard's credit that despite only releasing 2 studio albums they have come to be regarded as such an important and highly regarded band in the prog scene post seventies. Anyone with a love of seventies prog will almost certainly enjoy this album which is an absolute masterpiece of the symphonic genre to equal that or any decade.

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