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5 stars What do you do when planning a trip to say a place thats a bit off the beaten track like iceland? look up where the nearest record shops are and what prog bands might be kicking around, then try and communicate with shop staff for some recommendations. The recommendation was eldberg. with two albums on vinyl, i plumped for the one with no info/reviews, a bit of an 'at risk' purchase you might say? Well... a risk that paid off!

The gatefold vinyl cover art is beautiful inside and out. Very otherworldly. Five stars for that!

The sound is big, and uses a great mix of old keyboards, hammond, rhodes etc, with guitar and even a touch of theramin, with a clean and modern production, but not too clean, a few timing glitches which in my opinion gives the music a very human and natural feel as opposed to over produced, technically perfect stuff that bands tend to work at with the modern tech available.

The vocals are crisp and clear and of course in icelandic, and the melodies perfectly suit the language. Ive no idea what its about, but the album title translates as - there is a world of the mind - so picture a dream like state.

The songs are original, simple, brooding, and some are quite dark and alien; on the whole much like Iceland itself. Slow stuff, fast stuff, loud and soft passages. Its all here.

For a country with a small population, this is a great band thats evolved and is well worth your time and your ears!

Comparisons with other bands? I dont tend to like to do that, but maybe if you like the first couple of albums by 'diagonal' you would like this. I wouldnt dare compare the two though.

Five stars from me. One of the best new prog bands ive heard. Looking forward to checking out the first album soon. I hope to see this band live in the future, please come to scotland!

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Posted Friday, May 8, 2015 | Review Permalink
4 stars 4.5 stars for sure

The sophomore album of this excellent band from Iceland released this year in march and named Par Er Heimur Hugans is a little treasure and a very worthy album to investigate. If the debut was a great one, in my opinion this second offer tops it, to me is one of the better albums released in last yesrs. The music offered is keeping the same attitude as on debut , heavy prog with psychedelic aproach, quite original, intresting and damn fine composed. Good and captivating moments here on all pieces, not a weak moment for sure, the hammond is very strong keeping a high level and melted with the guitar is absolutly killer. Very good the druming, not overly complex but very well performed, the voice is great aswell. All pieces has same level, not one is in front, is a very good thing that Eldberg were concentrated to make all pieces strong not only 2-3 like one many albums from today. The sound is retro, it smelling of early '70s prog/psychedelic with an add of that unmatch brilliant nordic feel to it. The lyrics are in icelandic, and is a good thing because it gives to originality a higher level. very very strong band this Eldberg, to me is for sure one of the most intresting ones in last decade, I'm saying with my hand on heart that they are to me in top 5 fav ones ever, I was really pleasent surprised by both albums. A plus is .th excellent cover art in inside drawing, digipak format issued by chilean Mylodon label. recommended, captivating and intresting heavy psych. One of the best from this year and to me nr 1 for 2015 for sure. 4.5 stars without hesitation.

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Posted Thursday, July 2, 2015 | Review Permalink

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