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4.37 | 1696 ratings

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4 stars Sounds of '70s symphonic, mixed, matched and repackaged into an explosive new whole.

The Swedish sextet has the technical chops or songwriting abilities to stand up on its own when compared to the giants of old, but are they playing original music or are they just merely clever copycats? Does the whole transcend the sum of its carefully assembled vintage parts? They report, you decide.

Certainly listening to "Hybris" is a little bit like "name that tune" - or at least "name that influence." The organist takes a page out of Tony Banks' playbook; the guitarist does his best Fripp imitation, and the flute alternates between Jethro-Tull-hard and Camel-soft modes. But go with the flow of the music, cut yourself adrift amid the pastoral/suddenly explosive melodies, the constantly shifting rhythmic patterns, the well-crafted solos, the majestic vocal harmonies, and the impression of artifice fades. For me, the stylings of Anglagard add up to if not unique, then uniquely satisfying listening experience.

Ruglish | 4/5 |


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