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HYBRIS

Änglagård

 

Symphonic Prog

4.41 | 1231 ratings

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OpethGuitarist
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4 stars For too long has this band and their pair of albums been overlooked, often cast over due to the language differences and the time period. Know this. Had Anglagard been a band which was formed and emerged during the 70's, producing this kind of work, I have no qualms comparing it on the same grounds as those works so acclaimed from the period. And even finding this album better than many of the masterpieces many of us proclaim as such from that era.

Fittingly, as the time is almost near, the album opens with a haunting and eerie piano lead that would fit appropriately with Halloween. We are led into beautiful floating keys serving as background for a rocking riff. Jordrok presses on, with perhaps one of my favorite lines halfway through, a wonderful band combination pulsating with energy. The most noticeable thing to me, when comparing this to other 70's albums, is how much fuller and richer the bass sounds, really bringing the record to life. Mellotron lovers will not be dissapointed in this either, as it is really the primary instrument of choice throughout much of the work.

To me this is all very unfortunate. Lucky for people like you and I, who have had the good graces to discover such a gem, but unfortunate for the band, who appears to have been born about two decades too late. Highly reccommended for those in search of a modern symphonic great.

OpethGuitarist | 4/5 |

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