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3.80 | 50 ratings | 8 reviews | 22% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1974

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Fattig men fri (4:50)
2. For sent å angre (2:55)
3. I ly av mørket (5:11)
4. Satans skorpe (4:17)
5. Dit vi må (4:14)
6. Samhold (3:41)
7. På sterke vinger (9:57)

Total Time: 35:05

Line-up / Musicians

- Geir Jahren / vocals
- Lasse Nilsen / guitar
- Svein Rønning / guitar, clavinet, organ, piano, String Ensemble, Mini-Moog, vocals
- Bernt Bodahl / bass
- Knut R. Lie / drums, vocals

Releases information

Artwork: Nils Bjarne Kvam

LP On Records - 6317 601 (1974, Norway)
LP Pan Records ‎- PALP 03 (1991, Norway)
LP Pan Records ‎- PALP 03-2 (2017, Norway)

CD Pan Records ‎- PACD 03 (1994, Norway)

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HØST På Sterke Vinger ratings distribution

(50 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(22%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(34%)
Good, but non-essential (40%)
Collectors/fans only (4%)
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Review by Steve Hegede
5 stars I would like to thank Magne Røskaft of Some Progressive Rock from Norway for introducing me to HOST. HOST released two albums in the mid-70s before calling it quits. Their sound combined seventies hard-rock/metal with prog, and Norwegian folk. Both albums are excellent, but "På Sterke Vinger" is my favorite so far. The main reason for that is that many sections remind me of early IRON MAIDEN and JUDAS PRIEST (Sad Wings of Destiny-era). But "På Sterke Vinger" was released in 1974! Those sections feature MAIDEN-like twin-guitar duels, galloping rhythms, and Harris-like bass playing. The music here is a bit more complex, and less heavy, than MAIDEN, but the similarities are surprising. HOST also enjoyed to mix Norwegian vocals, melodies, and rhythms into their hard-prog sound which sounds very unique. Overall, this is an excellent album that will please early-metal collectors as well as most prog fans.
Review by philippe
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars A key band in the development of prog rock in Norway, Host can be a northern version of Uriah Heep's heavy progressive sound. The compositions easily catch the aggressive, rhythmical "incisive" guitar sections of heavy metal, punctuated by typical "rapid" solos of the genre. The progressive section comes from interludes, alternative acoustic arrangements; folk instruments as flute...Vintage organ parts are added to enrich the musical vocabulary of the band. The very high pitch, screaming vocals of the singer is not without reminding me Bruce Dickinson's voice, rather insupportable. However the compositions provided by the ensemble are enough complex and varied to maintain the attention of the listener. Head bangers will love it! For others it's an interesting listening but absolutely not a prog masterpiece, sorry!
Review by Mellotron Storm
4 stars 4.5 stars. I love this band ! I really didn't think of IRON MAIDEN as some others have mentioned, but yeah they have twin lead guitars and a bassist who you can't ignore if you know what I mean.The vocals are in Norwegian and are excellent. I'm actually glad he sings in his own language, it sounds amazing ! And the drummer is so impressive.The truth is that this band could play with anybody.They're all gun slingers. I have their second and final release which is also a killer album but I like this one a little more.

"Fattig Men Fri" opens with 30 seconds of fury before it settles down as reserved vocals come in. I thought I heard mellotron but it's "string ensemble". The one guitarist also plays moog, clavinet, organ, and grand piano. Nice guitar solo after 3 minutes as well. Awesome opener and probably my favourite. "For Sent A Angre" opens with guitars as bass and drums join in followed by vocals. I really like the drumming on this one. More excellent guitar after 1 1/2 minutes. "I Ly Av Morket" opens with piano as drums then reserved vocals arrive. Tasteful guitar after 3 minutes. This is fairly mellow overall and my least favourite.

"Satans Skorpe" starts off slowly but gets better as it goes. Some vocal harmonies in this one too. Great sound after 1 1/2 minutes as it gets heavier. Guitar solo a minute later and check out the chunky bass. The tempo picks up late as the guitar rips it up. "Dit Vi Ma" is just so impressive, just sitting back and listening to these guys play is a joy. Nice fat bass in this one and some blistering guitar. "Samhold" is more aggresiive with some killer bass. Vocals a minute in. Scorching guitar after 2 minutes. The vocals really shine on this one. "Pa Sterke Vinger" opens with guitar as passionate vocals with floating background organ comes in. Very melodic guitar leads on this one. The ground shaking bass before 5 minutes is joined by guitar and drums.They seem to just jam at this point. Nice.The guitar lights it up after 7 minutes. Vocals are back a minute after that.

My kind of music ! A must for fans of Heavy Prog.

Review by apps79
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars Høst came from the small town of Knapstad in Norway, originally formed in 1971 by guitarist/songwriter Svein Rønning, bassist Johnny Myhre and drummer Stig Berg.Myhre left the group at its early days and three new members joined, Bernt Bodahl (bass), Ronny Gyllensten (guitars) and Geir Jahren (vocals).In 1973 the band started gaining fame through local live gigs, but again two line-up changes occured, Berg and Gyllensten left and were replaced by Knut R. Lie and Odd Inge Olsen respectively, tha last one replaced by Lasse Nilsen just before the group entered the studio for the first time.At the fall of 74' the group recorded its debut ''Pa sterke vinger'' at Arctic Studios in Trondheim, released on the On label.

With two guitarist in the line-up the sound of Høst was built around the twin guitar leads of Rønning and Nilsen, while their style drew influences from British Hard Prog and Progressive Rock with a bit of a Scandinavian character on the poetic Norwegian vocals.To my ears the group sounds a lot like BLACK SABBATH jamming with KAIPA and THIN LIZZY.The tracks are not very complex, featuring extended guitar leads with some nice solos, measured organ and piano parts, while the good vocals of Jahren are also a basic component of the group's sound.The structures are rather simplistic with standard choruses, yet the overall approach is quite irritating with changing guitar themes and some good alternating tempos.The long eponymous closer is another story.Clocking at 10 minutes this composition is based on the shifting changes between melodic guitar parts ala KERRS PINK, poetic vocals in the vein of KAIPA and more doomy explorations in the vein of BLACK SABBATH.There are also some nice bass lines to be found around the middle, the presence of keyboards remains rather discreet, while the epic multi-vocal choirs at the end are pretty exciting.

The album has been reissue on CD by Pan Records, so anyone can listen to this work, which sounds sometimes close to the Proto-Metal sound of SCORPIONS.Nice and recommended effort.

Latest members reviews

4 stars Höst only made two albums and after that I have heard their first one I could already say that was a shame. They came from Indre Östfold fylke in Norway and this is their debut album: "På sterke vinger" which came the year of 1974 two years after their second and last record. The cover of the al ... (read more)

Report this review (#1299990) | Posted by DrömmarenAdrian | Sunday, November 2, 2014 | Review Permanlink

3 stars This group sings in norway his native language which gives it a plus. "Me Fattig fri" The first song is very sweet, very beautiful guitar melody, heavy rock is present, with a touch of progressive rock interesting. "For a Angre feels" very very short under way. "I ly av marquet" a slow dance with ... (read more)

Report this review (#238866) | Posted by Discographia | Saturday, September 12, 2009 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Truly a fascinating release from yet another overlooked band out of the 70's. Høst played twin-guitarleads a couple of years ahead of Iron Maiden, so one could say they had their roots in full-fledged hard rock. Combine that with the operatic vocalwork from Geir Jahren and the folky melodies c ... (read more)

Report this review (#100340) | Posted by master_k | Saturday, November 25, 2006 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Simply one of the best Norwegian albums ever! All of the songs have an extremely high standard, no dead-points. The musicianship on this album is very good, and so are the vocals too. You can in fact almost hear some Iron Maiden types of music on this album. although this album came out a co ... (read more)

Report this review (#69954) | Posted by | Sunday, February 19, 2006 | Review Permanlink

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