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Founded in 1991 in Stockholm, Sweden - Disbanded in 1994 - Reformed briefly in 2002/03 - Active since 2008

Änglagård were a short-lived band who nonetheless generated critical acclaim and a loyal following in the early nineties with their brooding Mellotron and synth heavy sound that also featured virtuoso percussionist Mattias Olsson and classically trained flautist Anna Holmgren.

The band was formed in the summer of 1991 by guitarist and lead vocalist Tord Lindman and bassist Johan Högberg. The pair placed ads to form a band in the vein of the seventies progressive bands such as Yes and King Crimson, which were successfully answered by keyboardist Thomas Johnson and guitarist Jonas Engdegård. Drummer Olsson and flautist Holmgren were soon added and by the following spring the band were touring and logging studio sessions that would yield the well-received album Hybris. The release was followed by an American tour which included an appearance at the 1993 Progfest in Los Angeles. By 1994 the band had released their second and final album Epilog, followed again by an appearance at Progfest. This would prove to be the band's final performance. The Progfest recordings were engineered and released in 1996 as the live requiem Buried Alive.

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Founding member Lindman went on to a career in the film business after the demise of the band, while the remaining members reformed briefly to tour in 2003, but are currently on indefinite hiatus. Olsson has since had a hand in the formation of Nanook of the North and has played in Pineforest Crunch and the Par Lindh Project, among others. Johnson has also appeared on studio released for the post-rock project Reminder.

Änglagård's sound is rich in mellotron, Hammond and piano, and a brooding wash of guitars and bass/bass pedal accented by Holmgren's moody and precise flute. The band's compositions are characterized by long, often instrumental tracks with significant tempo shifts and sometimes intense guitar flourishes. The Epilog album is instrumental in its entirety, and many of the tracks are distinguished by striking passages from Johnson's grand piano. Early Porcupine Tree also comes to mind, particularly when listening to Epilog.

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4.37 | 1782 ratings
Hybris
1992
4.08 | 694 ratings
Epilog
1994
4.25 | 1127 ratings
Viljans Öga
2012

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

3.65 | 167 ratings
Buried Alive
1996
4.69 | 100 ratings
Prog På Svenska - Live In Japan
2014

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4.85 | 37 ratings
Made In Norway
2017

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

3.88 | 8 ratings
23 Years Of Hybris
2015

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

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 Hybris by ÄNGLAGÅRD album cover Studio Album, 1992
4.37 | 1782 ratings

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Hybris
Änglagård Symphonic Prog

Review by King Brimstone

5 stars Music is such an enigma. Anglagard is a band that popped practically out of nowhere, none of the members were known from other projects and they were also considerably young. But somehow, their first release is still one of the greatest records of its genre. I discovered this album and band from this site because I had never heard about them. It's no doubt that they deserve all the credit they get.

It's safe to say this record is a cult classic. Very unknown, but hailed as a masterpiece. It has only four tracks, three of them very lengthy, clocking over ten minutes. But not ten long, boring and overextended minutes, instead ten minutes of excellent symphonic prog.

The first track, Earth Smoke, is a dynamic and generally fast-paced instrumental. It has a really high number of sections that flow surprisingly well. It features flute solos, guitar solos, keyboard solos, in other words it's the quintessential track of the album. It ends with a calm flute and Mellotron.

The second track, Wonderings In Confusion, has amazing flute work and constantly changing time signatures. It features flamenco influence in multiple sections and the Mellotron never fails to provide a great sense of suspense, emotion and mystery.

The third track, King Winter, is my favorite from the album, and in my opinion the most beautiful track of the record. The main chorus is wonderful, and it features a small build-up around the middle that explodes in the best section of the record, a dramatic instrumental section with some powerful guitar work. The song and album ends with a faint flute that always sends chills down my spine.

This album has grown alot on me and it has become one of my favorite symphonic prog albums ever. It's a true statement for its genre and it's without a doubt worth at least one listen.

 Prog På Svenska - Live In Japan by ÄNGLAGÅRD album cover Live, 2014
4.69 | 100 ratings

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Prog På Svenska - Live In Japan
Änglagård Symphonic Prog

Review by VianaProghead
Prog Reviewer

5 stars Review Nº 435

Anglagard was born in 1991 out of the Swedish Progressive Rock movement. They released their first album, "Hybris". They disbanded in 1994, the year of their second album "Epilog", after the final performance at Progfest in Los Angeles. The recordings of that live concert were released as a live album named "Buried Alive" that was launched only in 1996.

In 2009, Anglagard, after a long hiatus of time, reformed and returned to action working on some new compositions, and after a long period of rehearsals and recordings, in 2012, they were able to released their third studio album "Viljans Oga", surprisingly maintaining the high quality level obtained in the two previous studio albums. In March of 2013, Anglagard played in a series of three concerts at Club Citta, Tokyo in Japan to promote "Viljans Oga". At the time Anglagard was sharing the bill with The Crimson ProjeKCt. They performed with a varied track list and a revised line up.

So, the line up on "Prog Pa Svenska - Live In Japan" is Anna Holmgren (flute, saxophone, Mellotron and recorder), Tord Lindman (guitar, vocals, gong and atmospheric sound), Linus Kase (vocals, Hammond organ, Mellotron, Fender Rhodes piano, Moog Voyager, piano and soprano saxophone, Johan Brand (bass, Taurus bass pedals and atmospheric sound) and Erik Hammarstrom (drums, cymbals, vibraphone, glockenspiel, tubular bells, cran casa and gong).

"Prog Pa Svenska - Live In Japan" contains songs from all three studio albums of Anglagard. In addition to the older pieces, you also can get one brand new piece that was previously unreleased. This new piece shows that the band can still write fantastic prog rock songs. About the all old pieces, "familiar" is probably the right word to describe them, even if they have demonstrated some growth since the last time we heard them. On all pieces, the band have altered the tempos and added some new sounds. Saxophone parts and synthesizer sounds were added on some of those pieces.

Since "Prog Pa Svenska - Live In Japan" is pre-eminently a live act you won't hear the same versions that can be enjoyed on the ordinary studio albums. However, the renditions here rarely diverge from the originals. But, in some places, guitar replaces keyboards or sax replaces guitar. However, one of the things that makes or breaks a live album, for me, is the arrangements. With Anglagard, the arrangements are constantly in flux and that makes these tracks worth hearing in different versions and the album worth buying. Personally, I feel a bit ripped off when a band plays the same arrangements time and time again, but Anglagard constantly challenge themselves and their listeners. So, despite the pieces aren't properly as different as the originals, to have something different is what I always liked in all live albums.

"Prog Pa Svenska - Live In Japan" has seven tracks. "Introvertus Fugu (Den Asociala Blasfisken) Part 1" is the new piece. It's an impressive atmospheric intro. It's the shortest piece here and probably is the biggest draw for Anglagard's fans. Beginning with some spacey piano chords and a disjointed arrangement, the piece gradually rises from freeform chaos to dynamic Anglagard form to its conclusion. "Jordrok" and "Kung Bore" are from "Hybris". "Jordrok" is a dark and melancholic instrumental. It's complex with constant changes and where all members have its function and no one dominates. "Kung Bore" is a complex song, very nostalgic, with great vocals, some classical parts, good keyboards and a good rhythm section. "Hostsejd" and "Sista Somrar" are from "Epilog". "Hostsejd" has moments of pure energy, is mellow with abrupt transition passages between calm and mellow parts and loud and wild parts. "Sista Somrar" starts calm and soft until changes with a strong and aggressive passage. It will continue throughout the entire theme. Here, we can see the perfection and harmony between the classical and rock. "Langtans Klocka" and "Sorgmantel" are from "Viljans Oga". "Langtans Klocka" brings an autumnal tone with an elegant and almost classical style. It has great guitar riffs, supported on the back by keyboards, twined by beautiful bass lines and great drumming performance. The track's rhythm, stop and start, so common on Anglagard. "Sorgmantel" is a melodic number. The music flows smoothly and continuously with often tempo changes. The striking contrast between Mellotron and distorted guitar is excellent.

Conclusion: Finally, we have here an excellent live album of Anglagard, the album the band always wanted to release. Who are used to Anglagard knows they were disappointed and frustrated with their performance on "Buried Alive". On this album, Anglagard proves to be faithful to the icons of the 70's and keep the true spirit of prog. With a huge maturity and own style, a great treatment with an instrumental sound of high level and an excellent production, Anglagard shows their whole personality, quality of execution and sound, knowing to join their personal brand with the mysticism and charm so characteristic of the Scandinavian musical expression. They proved the great music doesn't have time. In my opinion, not one single second on this great double live album is boring. It's just a fine addition to my already large collection of live albums. Of course, the complex music on this album isn't everybody's cup of tea. But, give it a try.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

 Prog På Svenska - Live In Japan by ÄNGLAGÅRD album cover Live, 2014
4.69 | 100 ratings

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Prog På Svenska - Live In Japan
Änglagård Symphonic Prog

Review by prog_traveller!!

5 stars Änglagård is definitely one of the greatest bands, not only from Sweden but in the world and with this live album they have definitely shown all their power.

In 2013, legendary Swedish symphonic progressive rock band, Änglagård played a series of concerts at the Club Citta, Tokyo. Änglagård, now with a revised lineup (only two of the first line-up are still there) , present a unique and impressive take on progressive rock. Small changes in the sound bring a few new timbres without leaving the typical band sound, this constant change from mellotron-soaked melancholy and moderately wacky passages fit into the sound cosmos of the early pieces.

There are two spacious suites from each of the three studio albums and, right at the beginning, a new piece called "Introvertus Fugu part I"- mysteriously sound-painting, determined by restrained guitar sounds, various percussion, flute and light bass beats, before the mellotron kicks in and the number turns into a punchy symphonic/heavy progger. It deviates a bit from the typical Änglagård style, at least in the first few minutes.

The band is very energetic and powerful, especially the mood of the Mellotron. They are under control and bring an incredible rhapsody of complex sounds - virtuoso and complex- playful, melodically carried to tricky and hearty rocking, now classic prog.

Versatile rhythm work, sonorous keys, playfully tumbling electric guitar lines, decorative wooden percussion and many dreamy flute interludes are tightly mixed, rarely enriched with folky recorder lines and jazzy saxophone interludes.

 Epilog by ÄNGLAGÅRD album cover Studio Album, 1994
4.08 | 694 ratings

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Epilog
Änglagård Symphonic Prog

Review by prog_traveller!!

4 stars Epilog is a kit of innumerable, excellent, complex, virtuously played, beautiful fragments. If the mood of the debut album was already very intense, offered pure melancholy and was still independent despite the retrospective ingredients, "Epilog" takes all of this to the extreme. It impresses and captivates on such a high level.

The three long pieces on this album captivate you and inevitably cast a spell over you. Deathly sad sound patterns alternate, only intoned by flute and piano, with atmospheric landscapes created by acoustic guitar and Hammond organ, then violent electrical discharges from the guitar and bass, plus a rumble of thunder from the drums. The rather thin vocals that still existed in "Hybris" have been completely replaced by instrumentation, but is it not purely instrumental.

An incredibly dense atmosphere is built up and it lasts trough the whole record. Also, there are few real melodies; mainly the band wallows in melancholy riffs and dense arrangements with many quiet passages, from which eruptive scraping bass and howling guitars break out again and again, outstanding symphonic prog record.

 Viljans Öga by ÄNGLAGÅRD album cover Studio Album, 2012
4.25 | 1127 ratings

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Viljans Öga
Änglagård Symphonic Prog

Review by prog_traveller!!

4 stars With their third album, they managed to present and deliver an incredible rhapsody of sound. The album consists of four epics and lasts an incredible fifty-seven minutes. An instrumental masterpiece without any modern elements, just sraight in your face prog rock.

The mood is dark and chilly. Flute, mellotron, hammond organ and complete musical freedom is celebrated here. These instruments, fluent, and without a moment that would create a feeling of overplay, fit into the arrangements and lead to a wonderful journey.

Brilliantly composed music builds an amazing landscape and every moment is portrayed in a perfect way. It goes from passages of calm and relaxed winds to storms of guitars and keyboards. The music on here is quite mesmerising in its filled with passion and complex beauty.

 Hybris by ÄNGLAGÅRD album cover Studio Album, 1992
4.37 | 1782 ratings

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Hybris
Änglagård Symphonic Prog

Review by prog_traveller!!

5 stars Änglagård - HYBRIS - 1992

This album represents one of the most important achievements in progressive rock. The resurrection of the real sound and the return to the original way of composing.

The best way to describe their style would be combination of the aggressiveness of mid-period King Crimson with gentle flowing Scandinavian "folk" music, but done and presented in a way that is unique. It has very high composatory and musical standard.

Four long, complex and multi-part songs(44:15 min.) with a melancholic basic sound, but in addition to delicate passages with gentle guitars, flute melodies, Mellotron, there are also punchy, driving, weird sections with scraping bass and virtuoso, classically trained drums with some fine guitar themes and even a church organ bursts in at some point.

In any case, "Hybris" is one of the milestone records and it brings amazement and admiration.

 Buried Alive by ÄNGLAGÅRD album cover Live, 1996
3.65 | 167 ratings

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Buried Alive
Änglagård Symphonic Prog

Review by Squire Jaco

4 stars I actually steered clear of Anglagard and groups like them for a long time because their music has so frequently been characterized as "dark and brooding". On this more affordable and accessible "farewell concert" recorded in 1994 in Los Angeles, I was surprised to find a lot of beautiful mellotron and flute passages (ala early Genesis) permeating their music, punctuated by bombastic angular outbreaks of polyphonic virtuosity (reminiscent of King Crimson and Yes). To me, their overall sound comes closest to Cathedral's "Stained Glass Stories". The vocals are sung in Swedish - not the group's best feature - but they only show up sporadically in a few songs, so no big deal. Other than the flute, there really is not much dominant soloing; instead, the group relies on a strong interplay among all instruments. The heavy Chris Squire-like bass is a real treat, and the drums are excellent. Unfortunately, some of the keyboard passages are mixed rather quietly here - I found the first four minutes of this cd almost tiresome.

I like this album, as uneven as it is in spots. You get all four songs from their studio debut "Hybris", plus three from the follow-up "Epilog". Probably not as clean as the studio versions, but well-done nevertheless. (Honestly, their live album from 18 years later is much better!)

Ideally, I like my prog a bit more on the melodic side, and with more vocal harmonies. But this is a very good complement to that style of prog, and proves very exciting in places; doesn't strike me as all that "dark and brooding" either! It was probably very fresh sounding when the band first came out in the early 90's. There have been many, many bands both past and present with comparable playing and songwriting skills. But I have no trouble recommending this album as a worthy addition to your prog collection.

 Buried Alive by ÄNGLAGÅRD album cover Live, 1996
3.65 | 167 ratings

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Buried Alive
Änglagård Symphonic Prog

Review by VianaProghead
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Review Nº 342

Anglagard is a Swedish symphonic prog rock band with a critical acclaim and a loyal following cult of fans in the early 90's due to their unique sound. It became a cult prog rock band. Anglagard broke up in 1994. They briefly reformed in 2002-2003, and have been active again since 2009. Anglagard was formed in 1991 by Tord Lindman and Johan Hogberg. The duo published advertisements in order to form a new band in the same vein of the prog 70's bands. Eventually, answered Thomas Johnson and Jonas Engdegard. Mattias Olsson and Anna Holmgren joined them shortly after that.

Anglagard was probably the first band of the 90's to have become a legend of progressive rock music, and to have been considered at the same level as the 70's giants. And this didn't happen by chance. They're probably one of the best Swedish progressive rock bands, and constitute a dark counterpart to their optimistic compatriots, The Flower Kings.

The art of Anglagard can be characterized by a touch of Genesis-like arpeggios, Yes-like virtuosity, some soft flute melodies, a few bits of local Swedish folk, sudden mellotron apparitions and unexpected and violent King Crimson- like moments, always beautifully controlled and performed. All of this also shows a paradoxically well defined personality mainly due to their quite typical Scandinavian and immediately recognizable melancholy. Add to this perfection, not at all show off musical interpretation that is subservient to the compositional skills and you can get the complete picture. The compositions develop mostly with instrumental tracks that include sudden but always melodically rhythm changes.

'Buried Alive' is the debut live album of Anglagard and was released in 1996. The line up on the album is Tord Lindman (vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, mellotron and percussion), Jonas Engdegard (electric and acoustic guitars), Thomas Johnson (mellotron, Hammond B-3, grand piano and keyboards), Anna Holmgren (flute and mellotron), Johan Hogberg (bass and bass pedals) and Mattias Olsson (percussion).

'Buried Alive' has seven tracks. The set list includes tracks of the two first and only studio albums of Anglagard, at the time, 'Hybris' and 'Epilog'. So, from 'Hybris' we have four tracks 'Jordrok', 'Ifran Klarhet Till Klarhet', 'Vandringar I Vilsenhet' and 'Kung Bore'. From 'Epilog' we have three tracks 'Prolog', 'Hostsejd' and 'Sista Somrar'.

'Jordrok' is a dark and melancholic instrumental that reminds me the long and cold winter season in Sweden. It's complex with constant musical changes and where all the instruments have its function and where no one dominates. This is a great track, one of their best. 'Ifran Klarhet Till Klarhet' has a surrealist begin with a kind of a carnival circus sound. It sounds relatively complex, combining the great versatility of Anna Holmgren on flute, good guitar work, great mellotron sound, nice bass line and powerful drumming. This is another excellent catchy track. 'Vadringar I Vilsenhet' is another extremely complex track with great rhythm changes. Tord Lindman's voice is nice and delicate and, for me, it improves the song. There are on this song some amazing individual performances by all band's members. This is another brilliant track. 'Kung Bore' is a complex song, very nostalgic, with great vocals, some classical parts, good keyboards and a good rhythm section. It has an uplifting sound with light and dark shades. This is one of their best and is, probably, my favourite Anglagard's track. 'Prolog' is short and as its name indicates, is the musical introduction on 'Epilog'. This is a very beautiful way to open that album. It's a very calm classical piece of music, very delightful with a sad and melancholic Baroque atmosphere. Despite be short it's absolutely brilliant. 'Hostsejd' has great moments of pure energy with its mellowparts with abrupt transition passages between calm and mellow parts and loud and wild parts. This is one of the highlights of Anglagard, where the band shows their great maturity. 'Sista Somrar' starts calm and soft until changes with a strong and aggressive passage. It will continue throughout the entire theme. Here, we can see the perfection and harmony between the classical and rock parts, which Anglagard is perfectly skilled in doing.

Conclusion: This line up split up after this last concert of Anglagard at the time. 'Buried Alive' was issued after that split up and consists of almost the complete show on the ProgFest in Los Angeles. It has about one hour and fifteen minutes of 100% instrumental and breathtaking music. Let's just say that the audience could feel privileged to witness that moment, what is shown on the album. However, Anglagard knows this album isn't at the same quality level of their previous studio albums. They know there's something wrong with the sound of the album. Somehow, the band couldn't reproduce the excitement and the flame of the original recordings. The band has even confessed that they left the stage in tears, not for sadness, because it was their last live show as a band and they were to split, neither for joy because they were happy. On the contrary, they had tears in their eyes because they felt disappointed and frustrated with their performance on stage. Still, 'Buried Alive' is a great document and an excellent addition to any prog rock collection.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

 Viljans Öga by ÄNGLAGÅRD album cover Studio Album, 2012
4.25 | 1127 ratings

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Viljans Öga
Änglagård Symphonic Prog

Review by Mark-P

4 stars Viljans Öga is the third album of Änglagård that was released in 2012 ; quite long since their Epilog album 1994. Tord Lindman, the founding member of the band was not part of this album. Consisting of 4 long tracks (each is longer than 10 minutes) that are all instrumental.

Like typical Änglagård, the music has the accuracy of an orchestral work, that needs not only instinct and mastery of each instrument, but intelligence and disciplines.

Among distinguished features of this album are its richness in timbre (with cello, clarinet and saxophone - I suppose they were getting more and more experimental from Hybris, Epilog and this album) and darker atmosphere. Wind instruments play more intensive role in this album - and that's great.

While all tracks are kind of feasts of progressive music in one of its finest form, my favourite track is Snårdom (3rd track - 16:14). It has a amazing guitar parts, beautifully accompanied by melodic bass and wind instrument.

In my opinion, even we can (still) spot some traces of prog giants from 70's in their music but Änglagård has created their own sound and signature composition since their debut album, and that is getting more and more solid and experimental in this album.

 Hybris by ÄNGLAGÅRD album cover Studio Album, 1992
4.37 | 1782 ratings

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Hybris
Änglagård Symphonic Prog

Review by Mark-P

4 stars 1992 was not the most remarkable year for modern progressive musics, but that year was at least blessed by the release of Dream Theater's 'Images and Words' and of course this album. This Änglagård debut album is a stunning work of art. All four tracks (each lasts between 8 to 13 minutes) are so meticulously arranged.

Jordrök: perfect instrumental song as opening track. It is like an introduction to the musicianship of the band. The composition is intense and a bit dark. The guitar sound is heavy and dominant, and lead the mood throughout the songs.

Vandringar I Vilsenhet : my favourite track. Nice flute and acoustic guitar in the beginning, and few seconds of flamenco moment. We can hear traces of 70's prog sounds (at least Howe and Squire), but really the band is able to create a genuine composition.

Ifrån Klarhet Till Klarhet: a heavier tune with great guitar work and memorable flute sound in the middle of the song. There are many twists in this track, either the pace or the mood.

Kung Bore: opened by gentle arpeggio from acoustic guitar, and then the fast-paced theme. The guitar playing at the near end of the song is wonderfully melodic makes a great duet with keyboard section.

In short, this is a rarely high quality of progressive music in 90's. The use of Mellotron and Hammond organ does not make the overall sound outdated, but Änglagård successfully capture the essence of 70's prog and create their own sound in new fashioned way. The wind instrument makes another distinctive feature of Änglagård music. A great band consisting of talented musician and devotion to perfection.

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