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Symphonic Prog

4.38 | 1575 ratings

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5 stars Hybris by Änglagård (not Anglagard!) is one of those records that sure draws people to the world of progressive music. I had just heard Viljans öga before, and it amused me much. But this was even better. I presume it's a matter of taste and that others would consider the third record as the best. But this record featured voices by guitarist Tord Lindman. He doesn't sing much but what he does, spices the music with an even stronger dimension. The lyrics are poetical and take inspiration from the nordic religion.

Hybris includes super powerful symhonic rock as its best. It is totally genuine unlike some other new bands I think just tries to be symphonic without being real progressive. I hear a mixture of inspiration from swedish folk musik, Genesis, other progressive stuff and something they have found out by theirselves.

"Jordrök" is a magnificent blend of heavy and light, deep mellotrons and melodic flute. The recurrent melody is amazing. This is a sound to dive and drown to. "Vandringar i vilsenhet" has some vocals but it doesn't do so much. Even spanish tunes can be heard here. "Ifrån klarhet till klarhet"s music is full of chaotic and wonderful signs and this episodic music proves it develops, like its title suggests. The lyrics takes place in the world of the Gods: Oden, Tor, Frej, etc. Finally we hear "Kung Bore", absolutely an epic, with brutal folk influences and wondersweet lyrics.

Änglagård shows the sound of thhe mellotron, the flute, guitar, drums and bass unto a marvelous harmony of frameless music. I feel almost ashamed I waited so long with listening to this. This is the proud heir of seventies prog. Tord Lindman and Jonas Engdegård make Hackett and Fripp proud, Anna Holmgren makes Ian Anderson happy, Thomas Johnson is the heir of Wakeman, Johan Högberg would frighten Squire and Mattias Olsson is the new Bruford. Thus, a progressive masterpiece i every second of listening.

DrömmarenAdrian | 5/5 |


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