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MIKROMIDAS

Symphonic Prog • Norway


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This band is from Norway, the Western part of Scandinavia, known for its 'fjords' and 'Vikings'. They consist of Atle Bye (bass, vocals), Rune Forselv (drums), Halvard Jakobsen (guitar and vocals), Oystein Larsen (Hammond organ, piano, Mellotron and vocals) and Stale Roar Leirtro (guitar and vocals). On the info sheet the band "wants to emphasize that the text of their songs deal mainly with a light philosophical view of life and the human existence and that the music is a symbiosis of the musical preferences of each single member of the band". The intention is of course to reach an audience, but without letting this wish result in big adjustments in the music tp please the rather single-tracked nowadays market. MIKROMIDAS hopes that there are still people who have an interest in honest and genuine music". Well, beautiful and sincere words, in my opinion it's good to have musicians who express them this way and I'm glad that their music on the debut-CD "Brennende Drommer" (2004) fits to these honest words because it's simply wonderful, 24-carat symphonic rock with strong echoes from BARCLAY JAMES & HARVEST and elements from LANDBERK, ANGLAGARD, KERRS PINK and ROUSSEAU.

The sound on the debut-CD "Brennende Drommer" is loaded with Hammond and Mellotron, often the early BARCLAY JAMES & HARVEST comes to my mind. But the emotional Norwegian vocals and the layers of violin Mellotron also evokes the work of fellow Scandinavians LANDBERK and ANGLAGARD. The music is rather simple and accessible but the emotional impact is very great, it invites you to dream away from the daily stress and problems! The guitar work is beautiful and very sensitive with some awesome interplay with the keyboards. The compositions contain alternating climates, from mellow with organ and twanging guitar to sumptuous outbursts with floods of Hammond and Mellotron. Simply wonderful 24-carat prog rock!

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Brennende DrommerBrennende Drommer
2001
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Musea 2001
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3.36 | 17 ratings
Brennende Drommer
2001
3.36 | 13 ratings
Faunus
2005

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 Brennende Drommer by MIKROMIDAS album cover Studio Album, 2001
3.36 | 17 ratings

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Brennende Drommer
Mikromidas Symphonic Prog

Review by apps79
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3 stars Another Norwegian band,this time coming from Stavanger in South Norway.They were formed in late-90's featuring Alta Bye on bass, Rune Forselv on drums, Halvard Jakobsen on lead guitar, Oystein Larsen on keys and StÀle Roar Leirtro on guitar and lead vocals.Their debut from 2001 named ''Brennende Drommer'' was released on Musea Records.

This is a typical example of retro-sounding Scandinavian Prog,mixing elements from Psychedelic Rock and Heavy Prog with some orchestrated symphonic flavor thrown in.Many bands from in and out of Norway come to mind like KERRS PINK, LANDBERK, RADIOMOBEL, HOST, BLACK BONZO and KVAZAR.Very much guitar-driven,the album is characterized by the energy of the lead guitars,often with a definite Scandinavian taste,the strong vocal work and the heavy use of analog keys,mainly organ and mellotron.There are some good breaks throughout,filled with intense guitar solos,and a couple of superb mellotron waves.Vocals are listenable,without being outstanding,sung in Norwegian all the way.Not much of an adventure in here, ''Brennende Drommer'' is rather an accesible album with an Art Rock attitude,based more on its energy and vintage atmosphere than on technique or complexity.

This is far from being a surprising listening,but these guys came up with an interesting reincarnation of the old years.For fans of Scandinavian Prog and old-fashioned Heavy Rock,the album comes strongly recommended.

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 Faunus by MIKROMIDAS album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.36 | 13 ratings

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Mikromidas Symphonic Prog

Review by ZowieZiggy
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3 stars Decent music, good musicians, little originality.

That's for the background. In terms of music, this sounds at times as a heavy ELP like during the opener "Den Dagen Jeg Forsvant". Loads of pompous keys and unfortunately weak vocals.

As usual, this Nordic band is playing some good chunk of mellotron lines which are of course extremely pleasant to my old ears. But these ones sound as déjà vu some tens of times. Not unpleasant though ("Sjærlernes Evige Bæren") even if a bit heavy at times.

Some more melody can be heard through "Trollman", but these keys definitely sound borrowed. Again, nothing wrong in here, just that there is nothing original to discover while listening to this "Faunus".

Most of this album sounds as a pastiche of the old days of the Scandinavian scene (and beyond).

Decent music, good musicians, little originality. Nothing more to write about it. Three stars (rounded up really) for a third tier.

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Review by ZowieZiggy
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3 stars This band has been quite discreet: two albums released in a five years period and that's it.

While being referenced in the symphonic genre, they are sounding more to the neo-prog music as far as I'm concerned. Vocals are average, low pitched and quite uniform. Passion is next door.

These guys are from the Scandinavian scene, and obviously they have learned some of the best angles of it. When I talk about the best angles of this great musical initiative, I mean the superb mellotron which is available here and there ("Nostradamus") on this album.

You might know that I am deeply addicted to this instrument (as dear old Erik). But some fine of these notes aren't sufficient to make a great album. The music is overall pleasant, but innovations are alien. I could have coped with this feeling with an album released in the early seventies, but hey! This one saw the light in 2001.

At times, the good guitar work sounds like some "Dire Straits" one at times. All in all, if you except some fine mellotron lines and deep keyboards parts ("Middelveis"), there is hardly anything great to remember from this album.

Good musicians, fine melodies, gorgeous mellotron ("Jublende Rekker"), heavy prog angles ("Døende Stein"), decent (but no more) song writing is what you can except from this album. A good exercise after all. Three stars.

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Review by toroddfuglesteg

3 stars An interesting release from this Norwegian band. I have to admit it was totally unknown to me until I learnt about it in PA. But that's what PA is for. Expand My Horizon. Job well done.

The music on this album is easy listening symphonic prog with tonnes of keyboards and moog. The music is as stated above, not particular complicated or heavy like ELP or Yes. The music is great. I have problem with the vocals though. They are a mix of emotional- overkill and limited vocal range. But that again; it probably suits this music. The music is comperable with Anglagard, but not as good as their's. I also detect a lot of influenses from Host here too. The songs are OK, but nothing more. It is a non offensive album and a nice addition to anyone's collection of Norwegian prog rock. That's all it is.

3 stars

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 Faunus by MIKROMIDAS album cover Studio Album, 2005
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Mikromidas Symphonic Prog

Review by Mellotron Storm
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3 stars 3.5 stars. MIKROMIDAS' second album is more modern, more mainstream then their very seventies sounding debut. That of course doesn't mean that seventies feel is gone or anything as mellotron is still delivered on every track, and there's lots of Hammond organ as well. To my ears the debut is not only much better than this one, but one of the best albums i've heard in a while.

"Den Dagen Jeg Forsvant" opens with acoustic guitar, but that's quickly replaced by a full sound. The guitar is prominant 2 minutes in. Vocal melodies 2 1/2 minutes in followed by vocals. Organ and drums lead the way 4 minutes in.This middle part of the song is some of the best music on the record. "Virveldans" opens with organ leading the way with vocals joining in quickly. I really like the sound of the organ on this laid back tune.The guitar becomes prominant before 4 minutes. "Sjaelernes Evige Baeven" is led by vocals and organ. It's ok. "Trollmann" is another one that seems uninspired to me, even with the mellotron. It gets better 4 minutes in, and I like the laid back guitar solo 5 minutes in.

"Sultekunstneren" opens with a piano/drum melody. Mellotron before a minute.Vocals follow and strummed guitar. Organ then takes the lead. Mellotron before 7 1/2 minutes. Swirling organ and marching-like drums end it. "Den Gjengrodde Sti" is a short mellotron / piano instrumental. "Englisangen" opens with acoustic guitar as mellotron joins in followed by a full sound then vocals. "Fomle Rundt" is a little more aggressive and heavier. I like the final minute as guitar plays over top of mellotron and drums. "Krigsmann" is pastoral to open as reserved vocals come in. It's building. It calms right down as contrast continues. Nice guitar 3 1/2 minutes in. Mellotron 5 minutes in.

I'm so surprised that this one didn't impress me like the debut did. I think i'm in the minority with this opinion though.

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Mikromidas Symphonic Prog

Review by Mellotron Storm
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4 stars 4.5 stars.This band is from Norway and they sing in their native language. The album's title means "Burning Dreams". The music itself is filled with mellotron and hammond organ, and I think i'm in love. Haha. As Eric points out in his excellent bio of the band, this is vintage 70's sounding Scandanavian music that recalls the sounds of SINKADUS, LANDBERK and ANGLAGARD. More straightforward and less complex i'll admit, but so enjoyable. Most of this album was recorded live in the studio by the way. Mellotron on every track !

"Incognito City" opens with a grinding guitar melody that is joined by the drums, organ then vocals. The organ before a minute is excellent. The vocals are quite passionate and the drums prominant. It's the guitar that I like on this one the best though. "Dvergenes Palass" opens with mellotron and vocals. It sounds great when the tempo picks up. The guitar and organ shine. The drumming is very upfront as usual. "Nostradamus" is for me the highlight of this record, an almost 10 minute ride. The mellotron is so strong to open. Gale force. The organ is wondrous as well. Drums and guitar join in but the mellotron and organ are breathtaking. Vocals 2 minutes in as the mellotron comes and goes throughout. A darker, heavier sound 4 1/2 minutes in as he almost yells the lyrics. It settles down 6 minutes in with some nice guitar. More majestic mellotron and then some tasteful guitar 9 minutes in.

"Pilegrim" is simply a feel good, mid-paced tune with lots of mellotron. The vocals, guitar and drums are prominant throughout. Very special music this is. "Jublende Rekker" is awesome to open with the mellotron floods with drums and guitar. Vocals a minute in that remind me of SINKADUS along with the overall sound. Organ 1 1/2 minutes in. A storm of mellotron before 4 minutes. Incredible sound 5 minutes in of mellotron, organ and drums. "Middelveis" opens with organ as the sound builds. Vocal melodies a minute in with vocals to follow. Mellotron floods after 2 minutes as tempo slows down. The tempo does pick back up with organ leading the way as themes are repeated. "Berg Og Dvale" is led by the organ and drums. Check out the guitar after 3 1/2 minutes as waves of mellotron blow through. "Doende Stein" opens with mellotron before we get some sinister sounding organ a minute in. Lots of mellotron in this one. Vocals are quite powerful at times. "I Taketimen" opens with mellotron and acoustic guitar as reserved vocals join in. Drums and a fuller sound follow. The organ and guitar before 3 minutes are fantastic. Mellotron to end it. What else ?

Highly recommended mellotron drenched music from the north.

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 Faunus by MIKROMIDAS album cover Studio Album, 2005
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Mikromidas Symphonic Prog

Review by erik neuteboom
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4 stars Their debut-CD "Brennende drommer" was one of my favorite albums in 2001, what a wonderful symphonic sound, loaded with the Mighty Tron. So I was very curious to their next CD, again released on the French progrock label Musea. Within a few minutes I'm blown away by Mikromidas new album: a short acoustic guitar intro, then a bombastic climate featuring Hammond organ and wonderful Mellotron play (evoking Gracious), followed by harder-edged electric guitar duelling with the Hammond organ (Emerson- inspired) and frequently supported by splendid Mellotron waves (violin-brass-choir), SUPERB! The other eight tracks delivers more beautiful and compelling progrock, based upon creating a lush symphonic sound featuring lots of Hammond and Mellotron and many musical surprises: a moving violin-Mellotron and acoustic guitar duet, heavy electric guitar riffs with wah-wah and violin-Mellotron, an acoustic guitar/violin-Mellotron intro, a catchy rhythm and slide-guitar and sensitive twanging electric guitar in combination with slide guitar and-choir-Mellotron. It all sounds so wonderful and comepelling, these Norwegians (they sing in their native language, to non-Skandinavian it sounds like the Swedish cook from the Muppets Show!) deserve worldwide recognition, A SPLENDID EFFORT!!!


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Mikromidas Symphonic Prog

Review by mharringtin

2 stars The only review I've seen of this CD compares them to Barclay James Harvest, but I sure don't see it. I also don't see any comparisons with Anaglagard or Land berk except the use of mellotron and their from the same country. This band is much more tough and roughter sounding (i.e. more hard rock than symphonic), but they do have nice keyboards. If that sounds interesting to you, go for it, but don say you weren't warned.

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Review by erik neuteboom
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4 stars This band is from Norway, the Western part of Scandinavia, known for its 'fjords' and 'Vikings'. The music on the debut-CD "Brennende Drommer" (2004) is very melodic and harmonic 24-carat symphonic rock. The sound is loaded with Hammond and Mellotron, often the early BARCLAY JAMES & HARVEST comes to my mind. But the emotional Norwegian vocals and the layers of violin Mellotron also evokes the work of fellow Scandinavians LANDBERK and ANGLAGARD. The music is rather simple and accessible but the emotional impact is very great, it invites you to dream away from the daily stress and problems like the European euro! The guitar work is beautiful and very sensitive with some awesome interplay with the keyboards. The compositions contain alternating climates, from mellow with organ and twanging guitar to sumptuous outbursts with floods of Hammond and Mellotron. Wonderful Seventies-inspired symphonic rock that will appeal to the 'vintage keyboard aficionados'.


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