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3.54 | 22 ratings | 7 reviews | 9% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2014

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Angels and Demons (5:04)
2. Galilei (5:47)
3. The White House (5:00)
4. Walking Around Jerusalem (5:17)
5. Secrets of the Sky (5:29)
6. The War (6:31)
7. Madness Formula (5:27)
8. The Chimney House (6:00)
9. Express Train (6:07)

Total Time 50:42

Line-up / Musicians

- Vladimir Mikhailov / guitar
- Ilya Frolov / keyboards, guitars
- Sergey Milyaev / bass, vocals
- Albert Pogosian / drums

Releases information

CD MALS ‎- MALS 403 (2014, Russia)

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ALGABAS Angels and Demons ratings distribution

(22 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(9%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(41%)
Good, but non-essential (41%)
Collectors/fans only (9%)
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Review by Windhawk
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3 stars Russian band ALGABAS was formed back in 2007, and the current incarnation of the band stabilized in 2011. "Angels and Demons" is their debut album, and was first released digitally through the Bandcamp website in 2013, which led to the band being picked up by Moscow's MALS Records, which released the CD edition of this production in 2014.

Russian band Algabas has made a debut album that shows a lot of promise and indicates that this is a band that might have an exciting future ahead of them. They don't come across as quite the finished product just yet to my ears, but those with a fascination for neo progressive rock in general and bands that combine that direction with harder edged, darker toned guitars in particular should find plenty to enjoy on "Angels and Demons".

Review by b_olariu
4 stars Algabas - this little known band from Russia with one album released so far in 2013 named Angels and demons. The description of music is like a combination of neo prog with heavy prog elements through in. Bands like A Piedi Nudi, Pendragon, IQ definetly influence Algabas plus traditional russian music . The music is quite good, with some nice keyboards and guitars all over, there are some almost prog metal passages, bordering those genres in a nice manner and virtuosic level. While the lyrics are in russian language, is a good thing because add a nice exotic elements in overall context. All in all enjoyble album from start to finish, one of the better bands from Russia I've heared in last years, nice art work and abooklet. 3.5 stars for sure.
Review by progaeopteryx
4 stars I discovered the Russian band Algabas' debut album from their Bandcamp page (free download if you're reading) and having had mixed success in finding music on that site, I have to say this was one of the better downloads I came across.

Algabas is a quartet of Sergey Milyaev on bass and vocals, Ilya Frolov on keyboards, Vladimir Mikhailov on guitars, and Albert Pogosian on drums. They hail from the city of Vladimir, which is just east of Moscow. They've been around since 2007, but only released their debut on Bandcamp in 2013, with a CD version issued by MALS in 2014.

Although they have been classified as Heavy Prog on Prog Archives (as of October 2014), I feel they are more suited for the Neo-Progressive genre. Ahh, but there's the rub... Even though I say that, they aren't necessarily your typical neo prog band. They have elements of hard rock (alas, what PA leaned on in their decision), elements of symphonic prog (particularly of the Eastern European type, but surprisingly some RPI moments), and an energy that seems uncommon from most neo prog bands. It's like neo prog without the pretentiousness. There are the obvious nods to groups like IQ, Pendragon, and Clepsydra. Then there is the bass playing that is obviously influenced by the likes of Chris Squire and Dave Meros, and the energetic drumming that occasionally approaches Peart's style, and the Russian vocals approaching the theatrical qualities of RPI. Indeed, it's an unusual mix fused with a kind of quirky neo prog that gives the band a unique sound that's not instantly pinned down.

All of the tracks on this album are solid. No filler here. Some are quite exceptional (like The Madness Formula, The White House, and the instrumental Walking Around Jerusalem). A very enjoyable listen. Highly recommended!

Review by aapatsos
3 stars This is certainly an interesting offering from the Russians Algabas that comes to show that personal character and injections of "folk" music has a lot to offer to progressive rock. Don't think screaming flutes, violins and acoustic guitars: the "folk" element here is a distinct Russian sound blended in excitingly with heavy/neo progressive rock.

The vocals of Milyaev balance between narration and singing and sound somewhat "harsh" but fit the retro-character of the type of prog rock that Algabas exhibit: heavy - at times galloping - guitars and splendid keyboard work by Frolov reminds me of the unrefined lines of 80's Pallas but also classical music. Not overly complex, but with enough experimentation and jamming, "Angels and Demons" portrays elements from jazz (Walking Around Jerusalem) to operatic and symphonic rock, without losing for a moment its hard rock/bluesy temperament. The Russian-sung lyrics definitely add to the "peculiarity" of the album, particularly evident in songs such as "Galilei" and "The Madness Formula".

Algabas are clearly a skilled band and manage to inject a "cinematic" aspect to this album (see Express Train), including the narrative-styled vocals, that make it an intriguing listening experience, drawing from Russian music tradition. The Russian language may slightly alienate the listener, who might not be able to appreciate the poetic lyrical content, but don't let this put you off from trying this album out - especially if you are looking for new prog-combinations. The "rough around the edges" feeling is certainly counter-balanced by the creativity of the group.

Promising start - 3.5 stars

Latest members reviews

4 stars Algabas is the great prog-rock band from Vladimir, and "Angels and Demons" is the title of their new (and only, as I understand it) album. The group is unusual for Russia - this is not an accompaniment to vocal; it is instrumental rock with a "full vocal elements" and focuses on the music itself. ... (read more)

Report this review (#1282390) | Posted by lazarus03 | Tuesday, September 23, 2014 | Review Permanlink

3 stars I am one of those who has financially helped issuing this album, so my review might be biased. I heard Algabas in concert in 2012 and I was struck by how nothing was musically bad in what they did. It was a big shame there was no way to listen to them in CD quality. Every time I listen to th ... (read more)

Report this review (#1279188) | Posted by XPEHOPE3KA | Thursday, September 18, 2014 | Review Permanlink

4 stars "Angels and Demons" is the debut album of the Russian band ALGABAS from Vladimir (which is the ancient Russian town). This is music composed in the tradition of Genesis, Marillion, and IQ, but played with "heavier elements". Good drums, active bass, beautiful keyboards (with frequent use of digital ... (read more)

Report this review (#1278006) | Posted by felonafan | Wednesday, September 17, 2014 | Review Permanlink

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