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4 stars Does your taste in music extend to instrumental "symphonic" progressive rock? If so, EPILOG, from the 90s Swedish sextet Anglagard, is an album for you!

Admittedly, not everyone is attracted to the idea of longer, vocal-less songs, but if, like me, you thrive on variety in your musical options, and really appreciate top-notch musicianship, you shouldn't be disappointed by this excellent disc. Anglagard's music is very dynamic; it's full of surprises and changes in direction. Slower, softer passages featuring piano, flute and/or acoustic guitar are followed by louder, dramatic sections where the electric guitar, solid bass and drums, and synths are "to the fore," until the melancholy beauty returns again. Shades of classic Genesis and Yes can sometimes be heard here, but Anglagard is no mere pale imitation -- they're much too talented and strong a band to be dismissed as a clone.

This is good background music for reading, as there are no words to interfere with the words on the page. Another great way to appreciate Anglagard's soundscapes is to close your eyes, and supply your own images to accompany the lush and varied music: for me, some parts of "Epilog" evoke battle, while others had me thinking of a lone house at the edge of a wood, with fall leaves drifting down, and clouds scudding across the autumn sky. This music can provide great inspiration for the active imagination and "flights of fancy!"

EPILOG is highly recommended, and it amply deserves inclusion in the thinking prog fan's collection. Mental medication!

Peter | 4/5 |


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