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Eldberg

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3.89 | 62 ratings | 5 reviews | 29% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2011

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Andrkki (1:42)
2. Hirzla hins algleymda oss (7:18)
3. Sunnan vis sol, austan vis mina (4:24)
4. Flug hugans (3:32)
5. Enginn frisur (3:54)
6. Eg er lkfsins braus (6:08)
7. Hlisarlkf vor tkma (14:44)

Total time 41:42

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Line-up / Musicians

- Ásmundur Svavar Sigurđsson / bass, backing vocals
- Eyţór Ingi Gunnlaugsson / lead vocals
- Heimir Klemenzson / Hammond, Wurlitzer 200A & Fender Rhodes Mk. 1 electric pianos, Roland JP8 & Farfisa Compact Deluxe synthesizers, J. Larson & Son grand piano
- Jakob Grétar Sigurđsson / drums, vibraphone
- Reynir Hauksson / guitars, Roland JP8 synthesizer

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- Eva Guo?r??ur / (tenor sax (2)

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ELDBERG Eldberg ratings distribution


3.89
(62 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(29%)
29%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(37%)
37%
Good, but non-essential (27%)
27%
Collectors/fans only (8%)
8%
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)
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Review by Marty McFly
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Errors and Omissions Team
4 stars WARNING: Only for fans of organ dominated Prog, more generally for Retro Prog fans.

Iceland, land of mostly ice (and sparsely populated habitats), but not much of a Prog. And now this, classic Prog, shooting like blast from the past. So normally it would be average album and 3 stars would be in order, but I cannot grant average rating to an album that should be average (technically), but sounds like something more. It is very lively (so no 35 years or rotting corpse on someone's backyard), but a healthy child. Even it is quite a overgrown child.

4(-), almost didn't make it out of 3 stars gravity, but finally did.

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Review by Evolver
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Crossover & JazzRock/Fusion Teams
4 stars This is an interesting piece of retro prog. It has a very early-seventies sound, dominated by the old Hammond organ sound. In fact, my first impression was that this band was building on Deep Purple's sound. But in retrospect, they are far more progressive than DP ever was.

The songs often have a prog folk feel, with some delicate guitars, and lighter keyboards that float about, until the bombastic Hammond joins in to beef up the sound. While I don't understand a word of the lyrics (I presume they are sung in Icelandic), I find all of the songs to be enjoyable, in a nostalgic way.

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Review by b_olariu
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4 stars Eldberg is a very young band from Iceland who released last year their first selftitled album. It was for me a very pleasent surprise, because on one hand they are from a country where prog is not at home with some exceptions that I know like Svanfridur or Eik, on the other hand is a very solid album that capture my attention from start to finish. The music offered by Eldberg is a combination of heavy prog passages with psychedelic arrangements very much similar with bands like Uriah Heep Salisbury or Look at yourself era. 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 avery good thing that Eldberg were concentrated to make all album strong not only 2-3 pieces like one many albums from today. This is a very retro sound that will please fans of the genre big time, very promissing band that for sure needs attention. Excellent cover art in inside drawings, digipak format issued by chilean Mylodon label. recommended, captivating and intresting heavy psych. One of the best from last year no doubt. 4 stars easy

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Review by apps79
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars In the cold grounds of Iceland Eldberg were born in 2008, led by the Sigurdsson brothers, Jakob Gretar on drums and Asmundur Svavar on bass plus guitarist Reynir Hauksson.They operated with a five-piece line-up, but departures led them back to a trio the following year.Sometime later they welcome Eybor Ingi Gunnlaugsson as the lead singer and Heimir Klemenzson on keyboards, while the original members had already started recording original tracks.They were discovered by Mylodon Records, which launched the band's self-titled debut in 2011, a limited press of 500 vinyl copies became also available through the band's website.

This is 100% Scandinavian Retro Prog with heavy and psychedelic leanings, end of story.Members state that listening to Focus, Procol Harum, Jethro Tull and Yes were the basic inspirations that led them to the formation of Eldberg, but the music here follows the vein of all these underground Icelandic Heavy/Psych Rock bands of the 70's, ICECROSS, MANAR, PELICAN plus a strong dose of the Swedish scene, TRETTIOARIGA KRIGET or RAG I RYGGEN.The music is driven by the powerful psychedlic guitar explorations and the omnipresent sounds of the Hammond organ, supported occasionally by a Wurlitzer and a Rhodes piano plus some synthesizer.Cool bluesy influences, tempo variations and a mixture of vocal- and instrumental-led moments with some nice rockin' explosions in the process.Needless to say that all lyrics are sung in their native language.They sure know how to create and promote this charming vintage feeling of the Scandinavian lands, some great atmospheric moments are present here and the 15-min. epic closer ''Hlidarlif vor tima'' is one of the darkest pieces of Scandinavian Prog to be created in the recent days, featuring monumental vocals, sinister rhythms, some lovely acoustic breaks and dominant Hammond organ, great piece.

Scandinavian Prog is a genre of its own.Eldberg are among its representatives and actually among the very good ones.Nice Psych-flavored Heavy Rock/Prog with irritating vocals, strongly recommended...3.5 stars.

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5 stars From the quirky album cover to the wonderful music, Eldberg is a band not to be missed. This debut album is a gem of progressive rock ! Their music would clearly not have looked out of place in the early 70s, since it's heavily hammond organ-based. The keyboardist does an amazing job at capturing ... (read more)

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