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3.83 | 23 ratings | 4 reviews | 36% 5 stars

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Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, released in 2003

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. I grévens tid (12:03)
2. Pε grφn kvist (6:09)
3. I afton trans (13:32)
4. Dimland (13:48)

Total Time 45:32

Line-up / Musicians

- Kaufman / drums
- Sebbe / guitar
- Ola / synth, Rhodes
- Dave / bass, percussion

Releases information

Re-released on Transubstans Records in 2008, catalogue number trans030

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BLAND BLADEN I Grévens Tid ratings distribution

(23 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(36%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(45%)
Good, but non-essential (14%)
Collectors/fans only (5%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

BLAND BLADEN I Grévens Tid reviews

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Review by Rivertree
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3 stars Sweden is a country which is really rich on prog and especially psychedelic/space jam acts. Exchanging the musicians at pleasure looks like to be quite normal for some of them. Probably BLAND BLADEN can be titled as a forerunner of the Oresund Space Collective (OSC) which is most likely the bestknown of all. So it's not quite astonishing that all the band members had collaborations with OSC in the past respectively Ola for example plays fender rhodes and synthesizer on the current masterpiece 'Black Tomato'.

This BRAND BLADEN debut from 2003 is consisting of four songs, totally instrumental, and yes, indeed, they can be considered to be in the vein of the OSC sound. Improvised jams with a happy flavour where you can feel their pleasure and fun making music first of all.

The excellent title song I grévens tid appears as my highlight - a nice grooving song with jazzy rhodes piano plus a bluesy part with bubbling synths and sensitive guitar. Pĺ Grön Kvist is provided with an intense reggae/dub rhythm near to the sound of Hidria Spacefolk and the following 13 minute track I Afton Trans comes up with two main parts in a different mood, first uptempo busy, later floating and gliding. A heavy rhythm section dominates Dimland later changing to a trippy rocking part with some eastern oriental elements.

'I Grévens Tid' is an enjoyable album and excellent find for progheads who like Hidria Spacefolk or Ozric Tentacles as well as swedish bands jamming along anyway - 3.5 stars.

Review by Windhawk
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars Very interesting debut by this Swedish outfit, re-released now in 2008.

The music here takes it's cue from the space rock of the 70's, at least in sound and style. A big, fat bass line is the foundation in most segments on the four tunes here, with psychedelic guitar licks and spacey synths improvising on top, spacey synth sounds adding texture and a very 70's electric piano adding melodic themes from time to time. Drums and percussion seems to be the pacesetters.

Sound and style reminds slightly of bands like Hawkwind and Ozric Tentacles, and there's some obvious similarities to Öresund Space Collective too; which isn't a surprise as these two bands have some mutual members.

Recommended for fans of improvisational sounding space jams, in particular those who fancy this style of music with a 70's sound.

Review by Mellotron Storm
4 stars Excellent Space Rock from 2003 by these Swedes. They would join forces with MANTRIC MUSE and American Dr. Space to form ORESUND SPACE COLLECTIVE a few years after this. I really enjoyed this 45 minute album feeling that really the only song that didn't do it for me was the shortest one "Pe Gron Kvist" which almost feels like a tip of the hat to OZRIC TENTACLES with that Reggae vibe. Only 6 minutes long and I like the way it starts with the guitar that echoes as synths, drums and bass all impress. The other three tracks range from 12 to 14 minutes and there's so much to enjoy with these. The keyboardist here by the way will go on to play in HOOFFOOT.

The opener and title track is all Space Rock until a calm arrives at 1 1/2 minutes with electric piano and upfront bass. My kind of music. I'm just so surprised to hear Electric piano. It trips along as the guitar returns a couple of minutes later. Bass is crunching it then another calm with relaxed guitar and bubbling synths with slow beats. Quite relaxing to the end. "I Afton Trans" is my favourite. It kicks in around a minute as drums, bass and guitar rise up and kick into a groove before 2 minutes. Keyboards and guitar solo over top. It's more intense and exotic after 4 minutes. A calm then it builds as we get some electric piano(yay). So good.

"Dimland" has some Reggae in it but not like that second track. Still it's my least favourite of the three long ones. The first 5 minutes or so is pretty cool then it turns catchy with a Reggae vibe. Kicking butt at 11 minutes as the tempo picks up. Sounds like clavinet after 12 minutes. Good song regardless and for me a low 4 star album but worth that rating.

Latest members reviews

4 stars I can't decide wether this is a masterpiece or not. This band's only release is a colourful mix of fusion, spacerock, and symphonic prog. There used to be a time that Sweden and Denmark had a thriving spacerock scene; Řresund Space Collective, Mantric Muse, First Band from Outer Space, BlandBl ... (read more)

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