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2.05 | 29 ratings | 3 reviews | 3% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1987

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Lady In Green (3:55)
2. The Factory Man (4:44)
3. Ben-Oni (5:12)
4. The Second Step (3:00)
5. Happy Hip Hop (5:12)
6. In The Same Class (4:16)
7. Gheel (5:50)
8. Above The Roofs (3:18)

Total time 35:27

Line-up / Musicians

- Mats Nilsson / acoustic & electric guitars
- Mats Johansson / keyboards, synths
- Jan Severinsson / flute, synth, vibes, marimba
- Bengt Johansson / alto sax, percussion
- Fredrik Janacek / acoustic & electric basses
- Kjell Severinsson / drums, percussion, Simmons el. drums

- Anna-Lena Ahlström / cello
- Mats Bohman / violin
- Åke Svensson / violin
- Jan Svensson / viola
- Stanford Ekholm / string bass
- Christer Agardson / oboe
- Dan Göransson / bassoon
- Christian Jerhov / trombone, bass trumpet, euphonium
- Jan-Ove Nilsson / trumpet, flugelhorn
- Krister Olsson / flute
- Per Pettersson / French horn
- Gunnar Törnqvist / clarinet

Releases information

LP Isildur Records ‎- IRLP 003 87 (1987, Sweden)

CD Svenska Unikum - SUCD 004 92 (1992, Sweden) Bundled with "Sea Reflections"

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ISILDURS BANE Eight Moments Of Eternity ratings distribution

(29 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(3%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(10%)
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Review by ZowieZiggy
1 stars This album is just a carbon copy of its predecessor.

The band keeps on digging the jazz-rock mood with little feeling. Actually, this work is even worse than '' Sea Reflections'' and there aren't any moments of eternity featured here. It is only a short (thank god) journey into jazz influenced music with, here and there, some incursions into a more folkish approach ('' The Second Step'').

But this is really the only moment of relief during this tasteless album. The band must surely have their own very good reasons to have redirected their music in a complete different style but I can't really understand this change. Not for the best IMHHO. On the contrary.

Even if ''Gheel'' is decent, the whole of this album seriously hurts. I don't like it at all. To listen to this type of music while the band is under the symphonic umbrella is quite bizarre. Jazz-rock would have been more appropriate. But the band will again show another direction with their next release, so I understand that it is quite difficult to catalogue them.

Still, IMO this is not a good album and I will rate with one star only.

Review by apps79
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2 stars In 1986 Isildurs Bane hit the road out of Sweden for the first time.The band visited Germany for a three-week tour, playing mainly in pubs and having an overwhelming reception.In 1987 they recorded their fourth album ''Eight moments of eternity'' at the Starec Studio, the first far from a concept theory, introducing Czech bassist Fredrik Janacek in the place of Stigge Ljunglof.Another vinyl issue on the band's own label.

The sound is similar to the previous release, you can tell by the half futuristic/half childish front cover that you expect nothing less than an 80's-styled Prog album with all its goods and bads regarding the period.''Eight moments of eternity'' has a slight dash of a more symphonic vibe compared to the previous album, still it's rooted somewhere between 80's Prog, New Wave and Fusion, suffering from weak keyboard sounds, unbearable beats and a very mechanical drumming.The trumpet and horn parts are among the album's highlights, very warm and melodic, in addition to some sax and flute parts, which offer injections from the band's previously folkier stylings.They still use some of the old KAIPA sweet, melodious textures during the more symphonic sections and they are confident enough to combine them with the heavy horn parts.Instrumentally they are pretty solid, all melodies and arrangements are worked till' the last detail, this could be a really serious competitor, if recorded in the 70's, using the vintage instrumental and production values.But as it is, the album sounds a bit robotic with the production and instrumental selection being the main reasons.Big surprise comes from the short instrumental ''The second step'', which follows the lines of THE ENID, featuring great guitar work and an excellent orchestration on percussion, flute and oboe with a full orchestra line-up, the only piece recorded at Studio 38.

Good arrangements, but bad production/instrumental selection.Things are pretty clear.If you can stand the weak 80's recording techniques, ''Eight moments of eternity'' is still a pretty decent album.Otherwise this will end up to be a far from enjoyable listening...2.5 stars.

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3 stars It's 2022 as I write this and 80's music is popular again. Not that I would expect this to be heard on the radio, but those sounds that made us cringe in the 90's are again acceptable. Gated reverb drums, plastic sounding synths, slick production, etc. So then this sounds okay again. There a ... (read more)

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