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ISILDURS BANE

Symphonic Prog • Sweden


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Helped by some guests (Horns, oboe, flute, cello...), ISILDURS BANE plays a majestuous orchestral symphonic between vocals, guitar, keyboards and flute. They are very percussion oriented, with a lot of keyboards and some guitar. This swedish band has a unique sound, with great playing, but it might require a couple of listenings to grow on you. Recommended to fans of Eclectic, intricate music.

Symphonic fans should try "Sagan Om Den Irlandska Algen" or the classic "Sagan Om Rigen". One symphonic/modern classical concept album, "Cheval" was recorded with an orchestra and is an unusual, but effective blend of chamber rock and classical music. And the "MIND* Vol. 1" album is a real Classic for all times: a unique, distinguished blend of contemporary Classical Music and Symphonic Progressive Rock with extremely complex structures. "MIND* Vol. 2" (2CDs) consists practically of all (and only) new compositions. On the "MIND* Vol. 3" album, and the band's concept MIND* is still alive. This one is a masterpiece. FOR THE ADVENTUROUS AND OPEN-MINDED!!!

For the first time since 1983, ISILDURS BANE have recorded an album with vocals and lyrics. "MIND Vol. 4: Pass" is characterized by strong melodies, experimental synth sounds and elaborate sound treatments. The music was recomposed and rearranged, new lyrics were written and a new approach to doing songs was the order of the day.

*(Which is an abbreviation of "Music Investigating New Dimensions".)

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3.33 | 23 ratings
Sagan Om Ringen
1981
3.72 | 21 ratings
Sagan om den Irländska Älgen
1983
2.47 | 19 ratings
Sea Reflections
1985
1.77 | 14 ratings
Eight Moments of Eternity
1987
3.33 | 29 ratings
Cheval - Volonté de rocher
1989
3.95 | 59 ratings
The Voyage - A Trip to Elsewhere
1992
3.56 | 14 ratings
Sagan om Ringen - Sagan om den Irlänska Älgen
1992
3.77 | 63 ratings
Mind Volume 1
1997
2.56 | 19 ratings
Mind Vol 3
2003
3.77 | 37 ratings
Mind Vol. 4 : Pass
2003

ISILDURS BANE Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.64 | 28 ratings
Mind - Vol 2 Live
2001

ISILDURS BANE Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

4.00 | 5 ratings
MIND Volume 5 - The Observatory
2005

ISILDURS BANE Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.63 | 8 ratings
Sea Reflections / Eight Moments of Eternity
1992
3.35 | 9 ratings
Lost Eggs
1994

ISILDURS BANE Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

2.50 | 2 ratings
Songs from the Observatory
2005

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 Cheval - Volonté de rocher  by ISILDURS BANE album cover Studio Album, 1989
3.33 | 29 ratings

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Cheval - Volonté de rocher
Isildurs Bane Symphonic Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

2 stars After playing live in their homecountry and visiting Germany and Hungary for the promotion of ''Eight moments of eternity'', Isildurs Bane decided to re-record ''Sagan om ringen'' and release it properly on vinyl in 1988, after all they made a name out of the album.It was around the same time they added guitarist Tommy Nilsson in the line-up.Looking for another concept work, they found themselves surprised by the story of infamous French postman Ferdinand Cheval, the man who built his own castle all alone, working continuously for 33 years.The band toured prior to recording the album, when the time had come they collaborated with the local Hallandsensemblen orchestra plus guitarist Janne Schaffer.The album came out on the band's own label in 1989 both on vinyl and CD format under the title ''Cheval - volonte de rocher''.

Same problem apparent in most of Isildurs Bane albums during the 80's is present in another ambitious work by the Swedish, hiring a small orchestra was representive of the band's direction, which would now be much more orchestral and symphonic, but the 80's-styled production value and instrumental quality are again significant flaws, such a same, because the musicianship is pretty nice and even top notch at moments, while Isildurs Bane would record some of their most complex arrangements in this album.The sound has taken a more symphonic essence, but not the one appearing in the early works of the band, it's much more orchestral and recalls more of the works of MIKE OLDFIELD, PEKKA POHJOLA, STEVE HACKETT and the likes, strengthened by the massive sections with the backing orchestra and the use of keyboards and piano.Keyboards and drumming are the basic negative selections on this work, too thin and weak for supporting such an ambitious effort.The music also crosses THE ENID territories at some point, but the addition of some nonsense jazzy guitar plays are rather questionable.The orchestral arrangements are great to say the least with some beautiful climates and instrumental interplays and a few more cinematic segments.There are even some nice guitar solos in the process, but the overall quality is always linked with the mediocre production, making the album sound very digital.

An uneven work.Musically it's pretty strong and the emphatic orchestrations show the talent of the group.But I guess there was no other way at the time than to record this work under the period techniques, this happens to lower its quality at the point some of the material to sound more disturbing than attractive.Maybe fans of STEVE HACKETT's or ANTHONY PHILLIPS' orchestral endeavors are likely to find this one charming from start to the very end...2.5 stars.

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 The Voyage - A Trip to Elsewhere  by ISILDURS BANE album cover Studio Album, 1992
3.95 | 59 ratings

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The Voyage - A Trip to Elsewhere
Isildurs Bane Symphonic Prog

Review by progadicto

4 stars At least IMO, Isildurs Bane is one of the most ambitious and complex bands of mid 90's and early 00's. Perhaps the band has some weak productions, most of their discography it's really amazing and the band has built during the years their own and singular style.

This album in particular has most of the elements that a dedicated prog fan loves: long symphonic epics, dark chamber rock sections, intrincated melodies and harmonies, mixture of classical and electric instruments and quiet and peaceful musical moments, starting with the opener "The Adventure of the Whirling Delerium", a sofisticated chamber rock piece with some madrigal elements, plenty of intrincated and beautiful chord arrangements but even with constant melodic changes and some proggy and sometimes almost RIO epic sections.

"A Telescope and a Hot Air Balloon" starts with a pleasant piano and violin intro which turns into a dark and almost heavy section leaded by electric guitar and drums to evolve into a beautiful proggy melody. The value of this piece is their constant come back to chamber rock elements without the lose of symphonic prog sound.

"Picassiette - First Wal"k maybe is an harmonic and quiet piece leaded by piano and flute but still with constant progression. Beautiful from the first to the last second. Then begins what I call "La Sagrada Familia suite" a serie of songs inspirated by the famous catalan catedral, all of them very short and built on thrilling church chorus arrangements.

"Das Junkerhaus" is the most avant garde song of the album, very experimental and dark doesn't fit totally with the rest of the album.

"Picassiette - Second Walk" has the same delicate and hypnotizing elements that their "first part" and act as a intro for Wild as a Toad, the long epic of the álbum, a piece with constant variations with some Crimson elements but fullfilled by chamber rock atmospheres. It's a track which has a lot of symphonic sections sometimes leaded by classical chords or exquisite electric guitar arrangements.

"Picassiette - Third Walk" is another fine and delicate piece leaded by a calm ald floating piano melody. Then we listen "Nimis - Wotan's Tower" a short and rhytmical piece which reminds me proggy tunes "a la Happy the Man".

The album ends with the powerful and complex "Magnificient Giant Battles", a piece which resume in 6 minutes most of the more raw and classic RIO sound with very galloping symphonic sections.

As I said before, we are in front of a complex album, probably too much directed to exquisite prog listeners perhaps that is the reason why this álbum is so enjoyable?

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 Eight Moments of Eternity  by ISILDURS BANE album cover Studio Album, 1987
1.77 | 14 ratings

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Eight Moments of Eternity
Isildurs Bane Symphonic Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

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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 Sea Reflections  by ISILDURS BANE album cover Studio Album, 1985
2.47 | 19 ratings

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Sea Reflections
Isildurs Bane Symphonic Prog

Review by apps79
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2 stars In 1985 Isildurs Bane made an impressive turn.They introduced a 3-part wind section with Bengt Johansson becoming a full-time member and Christian Jerhov with Jan-Ove Nilsson participating in the third album ''Sea reflections'', performing on trumpet, trombone and flugehorn.Bassist Ingvar Johansson was also replaced by newcomer Stigge Ljungloef.Another release on their own private label, ''Sea reflections'' was recorded and mixed at Studio 38 during the summer of 85' and appears to be a tribute by the band to the sea and the people close to it.

The concept around the album comes only through rumors, because this is an all instrumental effort, which the band characterized as an attempt on Symphonic Jazz and a further development over the previous albums.Half true, half false.To my ears ''Sea reflections'' sounds an attempt by the band to limit their melodious lines and increase the more furious intercations (which propably sounds fine), linked with Jazz Music, but the time of the release did not help at all, because even if the album contains some nice instrumental cuts, the slick production and the weak keyboards along with the uninteresting sax lines fail to strengthen the group's profile.Plenty of the included pieces, especially those with the wind instruments in evidence, sounds like hillarious, commercial Fusion with uninspired melodies and standard 80's values.No surprise, the moments linked with Isildurs Bane's previous style are the most interesting ones: Great guitar work along the lines of FOCUS and KAIPA with supporting, dreamy keyboard textures offer fortunately some beautiful moments of sensitive, semi-symphonic music, showered by a deep sense of melody.That is the good part, because the bad one says that these are too few to save the mediocrity of the album.

Isildurs Bane saw this effort a step towards the right direction.I see it as the most commercial-oriented effort of the group regarding its first three works, often with an unacceptable sound due to the 80's-styled acoustics.For fans of the band...2.5 stars.

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 Sagan om den Irländska Älgen  by ISILDURS BANE album cover Studio Album, 1983
3.72 | 21 ratings

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Isildurs Bane Symphonic Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

4 stars In 1982 Isildurs Bane had their first real big tour, performing lots of concerts, at a time when original keyboardist Bengt Jonsson had already left the band.Not to be confused though with sax player Bengt Johnsson, who was making guest appearances with his sax for the band since early-80's, like in the band's second offering ''Sagan om den Irländska Älgen'', an album treating with nuclear war and its consequences in human life.The album was recorded in late 83' at Farm Studios in Helsinborg and released in 1984 on the band's newly established Isildurs Records.

The album follows more or less the style already offered in Isildurs Bane's debut, smooth Symphonic Rock in the vein of KAIPA with beautiful, dreamy instrumental textures but also plenty of skillful moments.However it is a more tight listening that ''Sagan om Ringen'' and the main reason for this is the extremely coherent 29-min. eponymous symphonic suite, divided into six movements.This is a fantastic epic with strong KAIPA and GENESIS vibes, highlighted by the incredible instrumental opening with its tremenmdous interplays as well as the elegant flute parts, the sensitive Swedish lyrics, the strong moog synths of Mats Johansson and the diverse guitar workouts of Mats Nilsson.There are a fair number of changes between atmospheric themes and more complex ideas and the folk elements remain always a main component of the band's overall symphonic approach.The pair of shorter closing tracks show the more Fusion side of Isildurs Bane, even some nice saxes appear in ''Marlboro Blues'' (played by the now guest musician Bengt Johnsson), while the performance is still quite strong with plenty of breaks.Great guitar work again by Nilsson and lots of synth solos by the talented Mats Johansson.

Excellent sophomore work by this daring Swedish combo, highly recommended to all Progressive Rock fans.Both ''Sagan...'' albums have been released in 1992 in a single CD, certainly easier to find than the original vinyl pressings.

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 Mind Volume 1 by ISILDURS BANE album cover Studio Album, 1997
3.77 | 63 ratings

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Mind Volume 1
Isildurs Bane Symphonic Prog

Review by Warthur
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4 stars I see a lot of reviewers here referring to this album as chamber rock, and I guess I'd agree with that definition - but dial it back a bit, don't jump to the conclusion that this is the sort of horror- influenced RIOish chamber rock practised by the likes of Univers Zero, Present and Art Zoyd. Instead, Isildurs Bane approach the idea of adapting the principles of chamber music to a rock context from the perspective of a symphonic prog band, yielding an atmosphere of intricate beauty as opposed to the jagged horrors of the other bands I've cited - the most avant touch here is the occasional use of Zappaesque percussion.

By and large this is an all-instrumental affair, aside from Holistic Medicine, in which the narration describes a complete chess match, the action of which is reflected in the music (much as on Gryphon's Red Queen to Gryphon Three), and which is probably my favourite track. But there's plenty to enjoy here with these epic, sweeping compositions, and on the whole this is the album where things really came together for Isildurs Bane. I'm inclined to try and pick up a few more pieces of the extended Mind series to see if they measure up to this one.

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 Mind Vol. 4 : Pass by ISILDURS BANE album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.77 | 37 ratings

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Mind Vol. 4 : Pass
Isildurs Bane Symphonic Prog

Review by Matti
Collaborator Neo-Prog Team

4 stars MIND = music investigating new dimensions. This volume includes vocal-oriented art rock and thus probably differs the most from other albums by this Swedish band. The album feels very conceptual and structured: each track title is one short word and tracks are divided into subdivisions in 4x4 structure.

I'm already a third one to say this but I strongly associated this music with PETER GABRIEL's later output (albums Us and Up). The biggest - but not the only - reason was that the vocals of Christof Jeppson sound a lot like Gabriel's. There are also a couple of female vocalists but their voices remain in a small role. Music is rich in sound, dark-toned, modern and exciting, at times quite technical and edgy, just like Peter Gabriel can be. Also in PG's discography this album would be convincing, but still ISILDURS BANE have a style of their own. The later King Crimson could be another comparison.

This is an album that takes a tight hold on the listener and doesn't necessarily reveal all of its secrets at once. On the other hand it's emotionally cold, tense and slightly disturbing album to listen to and really doesn't suit for harmless background music. Some warmer and more relaxed moments would have done good. 3½ stars.

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 Lost Eggs  by ISILDURS BANE album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1994
3.35 | 9 ratings

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Lost Eggs
Isildurs Bane Symphonic Prog

Review by Matti
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3 stars My acquaintance with this Swedish band started here. I didn't know in advance (when I borrowed it) that it was a compilation of unreleased tracks - which could be guessed from the title - but that didn't do any harm, on the contrary! First, this selection nicely shows the development of the band up to 1993, and second, if these are leftovers, the real albums must be well worth checking out - which proved to be right. I hate the cover and the whole design, and some more information on the band would have been useful, as a matter of fact.

As hdfisch says, mostly this is from the eighties - or late 70's. According to my memory, a lot of this relatively accessible music falls in the fusion category, but also Symphonic style of Isildurs Bane is present. The music is almost entirely instrumental. The quality is pretty good, both for compositions (with few exceptions) and especially for production, so for a fan this is well worth adding to one's collections. I wouldn't recommend to buy this if you're new to the group, but it will make you interested in the real albums.

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 The Voyage - A Trip to Elsewhere  by ISILDURS BANE album cover Studio Album, 1992
3.95 | 59 ratings

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Isildurs Bane Symphonic Prog

Review by Warthur
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3 stars A competent, if rather meandering release from Isildurs Bane, The Voyage: A Trip to Elsewhere at points puts me in mind of The Enid; on this album the band's sound tends towards extended sections of classical piano, much like many Enid albums, and like the Enid said piano performances do occasionally risk drifting into schmaltzy territory. Still, it's an interesting and most definitely original symphonic concept album which harks back to the approach of the 1970s greats whilst at the same time not sounding a whole lot like any of them, so fans of symphonic prog who want a band who doesn't follow the tired old "let's take the Yes/King Crimson/ELP/whatever sound and update it a little" path may find a lot to like here.

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 Mind - Vol 2 Live by ISILDURS BANE album cover Live, 2001
3.64 | 28 ratings

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Mind - Vol 2 Live
Isildurs Bane Symphonic Prog

Review by Matti
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3 stars This Swedish band is quite interesting, very hard to categorize. Some albums are mostly Fusion, some are more or less symphonic prog with album concepts and a dash of Canterbury or Camel (e.g. Sagan om den Irländska Älgen; Sagan om Ringen), some are Peter Gabriel-like art rock with vocals (MIND Vol 4), and some, like this one, are somewhere between rock and modern chamber music. This is a live 2-CD, but far from a typical rock live album. In its classical influences I'd compare the music to the Hungarian AFTER CRYING, even if the variety of instruments is not as wide. And on some tracks one could think of modern European jazz on the ECM label. Or think of some art happenings with dance, video art or something: this could be music for those purposes (and actually some pieces originally were too).

So maybe it's no wonder that at least some of this music is... how would I put it nicely, well, not exactly boring, but... too arty-farty for its own good. Background music, as one reviewer put it. There's a lot of material from Bane's previous albums but the versions differ more or less. Of those that I've now heard both versions, I can only say that there's no need for two, whichever is the better one. One thing is sure: the listener can't much feel the extra live atmosphere as on more commonplace rock live albums. In practise this doesn't feel very much live album at all, more like a compilation featuring revised versions and some previously unreleased or hard-to- find material. And even as such, quite one-sided in style. For example no vocals.

Musically this wasn't so delicious as several other Bane albums I've listened to this far. For me this served as a view into many albums new to me (and therefor I would have wanted more informative liner notes in this respect). But on other than musical levels there were many interesting things that this album introduced me into, thanks for the mentioned texts. For example monsieur Cheval who dedicated his life to building a castle with little pebbles, and a house called Junkerhaus (in Lemgo, Germany) which is like a wooden sculpture. I googled an internet page with a video of that house; indeed one cannot decide if its disturbing or charming! A couple of other themes also dealt with architecture and/or eccentric artists.

Otherwise this package looks boring inside and out, as there are so little colour pictures and so much blank space on numerous pages. Was there any band photos at all? Not sure. Anyway, I wouldn't say this is a must for fans, nor a best possible place to get into the band.

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