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RING VAN MÖBIUS

Symphonic Prog • Norway


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Formed in Karmøy, Norway, around 2014

RING VAN MÖBIUS are a retro-prog band from Karmøy, Norway. They describe themselves as ''Progressive rock straight from 1971, but made today''. They played live shows in 2017 and in 2018 they released their debut ''Past the Evening Sun'' through Apollon Records. The core of the band consists of Thor Erik HELGESEN (keys), Håvard RASMUSSEN (bass) and Dag Olav HUSÅS (drums). Their sound is often compared to that of early ELP.

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3.72 | 48 ratings
Past The Evening Sun
2018
3.97 | 54 ratings
The 3rd Majesty
2020

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When the Sea and the Universe Were at One (Or; The Introduction of the Octopus on Tellus)
2017

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 The 3rd Majesty by RING VAN MÖBIUS album cover Studio Album, 2020
3.97 | 54 ratings

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The 3rd Majesty
Ring Van Möbius Symphonic Prog

Review by kurtrongey

4 stars Proggers are suckers for an expert and elaborate forgery. This guitarless, keyboard-led power trio from Norway have just the thing to slot between your Le Orme and Triumvirat albums. They did it - they got the drum micing and the tape saturation just right. I think if somebody had handed me a beat up record cover with ring wear I could have been completely convinced this was a period product of 1973. The lyrics are the weak link, unconvincingly cosmic in a way that sounds spoofish. Luckily, the musical backing isn't throwaway music. The writing is good, harmonically creative if not original. There's no Mellotron, but plenty of Hammond, Clavinet, Wurly piano and judiciously applied mono synths. Add a refreshingly flexible drummer who sounds like he hasn't heard any Rush and a bassist who makes a bold sound that isn't always growly picked Rick. This, the A-side epic, is a great ride. I especially think they captured some magic in the quiet parts.
 When the Sea and the Universe Were at One (Or; The Introduction of the Octopus on Tellus) by RING VAN MÖBIUS album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2017
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When the Sea and the Universe Were at One (Or; The Introduction of the Octopus on Tellus)
Ring Van Möbius Symphonic Prog

Review by prog_traveller!!

4 stars When the Sea and the Universe Were At One (Or: The Introduction of the Octopus on Tellus) represents the beginning for Ring Van Möbius released in 2017 this 7 inch delivers a fantastic introduction to the band and things to come.

"When the Sea and the Universe Were At One" is a 7 minute prog storm and from the first moment song delivers a sound that will be a trademark of this band. Pure Symphonic prog filled with amazing Hammond and vintage keyboard sound followed by a stellar rhythm section. Masterfully done passages with great solos, not a lot but enough electric guitar and really interesting vocal style.

"Passage to Nothing" gives us a beautiful acoustic guitar throughout followed by Mellotron and it delivers a truly haunting sound.

The band continued and delivered two great albums so far Past The Evening Sun from 2018 and The 3rd Majesty from 2020.

 Past The Evening Sun by RING VAN MÖBIUS album cover Studio Album, 2018
3.72 | 48 ratings

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Past The Evening Sun
Ring Van Möbius Symphonic Prog

Review by prog_traveller!!

4 stars Past the evening sun is the first album from Ring van möbius and it was released in 2018. The self titled epic is a 21 minute true time machine, filled with fantastic Hammond bombastic drums and bass and great saxophone driven riffs. It consists of six parts and gives that classic symphonic/eclectic feel. Straight in your face Hammond, Fender Rhodes and moog delivers heaviness in the first part and flows into a nice melodic ride and after it returns to a grand and confusing eclectic prog..Last song on the album Racing the horizon is another example of bands ability to write fantastic prog epic.If you love classic sounding prog you are at the right place. A true tribute to the sound that defined everything we love about this music genre.
 The 3rd Majesty by RING VAN MÖBIUS album cover Studio Album, 2020
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The 3rd Majesty
Ring Van Möbius Symphonic Prog

Review by prog_traveller!!

4 stars Their first album Past The Evening Sun was a pleasant surprise and a true tribute to classic prog scene. With their album The 3rd Majesty they continue to bring us the mighty sounds of true and pure prog. Fantastic organs, bass and drums deliver us a great prog sound straight from the 70's. Since I am a fan of classic sound I found that this album is done fantastically. First song The Seven Movements of the Third Majesty, 22 minutes long epic, opens the door to the organ driven heaven with great bass lines, a must listen for any prog fan. After that the album continues in a same manner, Distant Sphere brings a little classical sound at the beginning and flows into a really moody song. The M'bius Ring is the last track on the album and my favorite one, starts with a simple but powerful bass line and then unleashes prog force upon the listener, trully masterfully done. This album is a must have for all who love true sound of classic prog.
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Past The Evening Sun
Ring Van Möbius Symphonic Prog

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE, JR/F/Canterbury & Eclectic Teams

3 stars The retro prog scene has really picked up in recent years with some bands eerily emulating the past masters with uncanny impeccability with bands like Wobbler and All Traps On Earth mysteriously weaving the distant past into the present with great success. Add one more band obsessed with the early years of prog, RING VAN MÖBIUS from the extreme west coast of Norway in the municipality of Karmøy south of Bergen. What is it with Scandinavia's obsession with prog's golden years? The band claims to play progressive rock straight out of 1971 but made today and it appears that the classic Van Der Graaf Generator album "Pawn Hearts" is the primary targeted inspiration for their debut album PAST THE EVENING SUN.

This band is basically a power trio that in staying true to the era, utilized only analog equipment that adds a sense of veracity to their claim. Thor Erik Helgesen may not don a magic hammer of the gods but he cranks out the Hammond L100, Fender Rhodes, Clavinet D6, Moog Satellite and Korg MS20. Thor is also the vocalist. Håvard Rasmussen plays bass and Dag Olav Husås is the percussionist. While not officially a band member Karl Christian Grønhaug appears on much of the album as an unofficial fourth member with healthy doses of saxophone squawks and jazzy touches. Yes, the Van Der Graaf Generator signs are strong and it doesn't get any more "Pawn Hearts" than an album claiming to be from 1971 that has three long tracks that clock in at around 22 minutes, 6 minutes and 12 minutes. Oh, and the total absence of the guitar can only bring forth more comparisons.

All this basic obsession with VDGG would seem that this album could be the perfect train wreck of wannabeism run amok, but despite the perfect tailoring to fit the 1971 timeline complete with an album run time of 39:28, a complete dedication to period piece analog equipment and recording techniques and a healthy dose of respect for those who existed in that year the band does muster up its own unique sound that sort of occupies the cracks between the bigwigs of the day. While VDGG worship provides the lion's share of ideas, so too do the following: King Crimson's "In The Court Of King Crimson", Emerson, Lake and Palmer's debut album's keyboard heft, Atomic Rooster's more experimental moments and healthy doses of early pastoral symphonic prog that only Genesis could conjure up on albums like "Nursery Crime." PAST THE EVENING SUN could very easily have just been called "The 1971 Album" and been done with it, but the band seems to prefer to remain slightly mysterious having released little info about themselves and allowing the listener to decipher where this band would fit into the scheme of things had it really emerged in that year.

While the song lengths are similar to "Pawn Hearts," the tracks are in reverse order with the longest, the title track which is made up of six mini-suites, appearing first and the second longest appearing last. Only the shortest connecting track remains in the middle. And while all these comparisons may evoke a sense of "how could they?," the truth is that in the end PAST THE EVENING SUN does not exactly sound like any of the bands of their inspiration despite the obviously elements of the era finding a modern day retro rendition with the exception of some notable moments such as around the five minute mark of "Chasing The Horizon" that clearly borrows that funky hyperactive keyboard segment from "Man-Erg." However, one thing that stands out after a single listen to PAST THE EVENING SUN is that this album lacks any rock sizzle and floats by in a dream state. It seems like it never really jumps into overdrive and remains a mid-tempo pastoral time capsule for its entire run.

So with all the most sublime influences delivered to the world in 1971 by the gods, this must be the best retro album of all prog existence, right? Well, unfortunately i cannot say that it is. While the band took the time to check off all the proper boxes to ensure a proper tribute to their golden year of choice, somehow they forgot to craft memorable songs with outstanding instrumental performances. First of all, while Thor Helgesen is clearly trying to evoke Peter Hammill as his time period vocalist of choice, he completely lacks Hammill's dynamic vocal style and overall charisma. With the lack of the dynamism of strong vocal led melodic deliveries, the instrumental interplay seems lackluster despite the wide range of atmospheric textures, time signature rich meanderings and period piece timbres that nail all the keyboard variations, Fender bass techniques and jazzy saxophone squawks. In the end the album comes off with all the Van Der Graaf Generator expectations but ultimately delivers Rare Bird results and by evoking all the top dogs of the day, ultimately let's me down as it fails to reach such lofty goals.

So in the end PAST THE EVENING SUN doesn't even come close to capturing the psychedelic progressive mind trip that "Pawn Hearts" was and remains to be as it approaches a half century in existence but this adventurous debut album isn't exactly horrible either. It does succeed in displaying the band's knack for reinterpreting the past in a modern day context and although i don't find this debut album quite works on all levels, it signifies that with a few more attempts at the drawing board and a bit more variety in their dynamics and compositional fortitude that the band could emerge a few years down the road as the next Wobbler or All Traps On Earth who for the most part made it sound easy to replicate the sounds of yore and translate them into the modern era. While not achieving the desired result, RING VAN MÖBIUS remains a band to keep your eyes gazed upon because there's certainly a masterpiece waiting to emerge from this ambitious troop of all things retro prog but only after going back to the drawing board and ironing out the kinks that are keeping this album from standing up on its own terms.

3.5 stars rounded down

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