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Norwegian band D'ACCORD formed early 2008 and really appeared on the scene in Summer of 2009 when they released their eponymous debut album.

Critically acclaimed it has received great reviews so far even outside Norway with music which is reflecting their influences adopted from several heavy rock and prog bands like Uriah Heep, Deep Purple and Jethro Tull, to name a few. The songs are rendering an authentic 70`s sound with great vintage keyboard work.

D'ACCORD are currently preparing for their second album.

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3.58 | 29 ratings
D'AccorD
2009
3.00 | 33 ratings
Helike
2011
3.58 | 43 ratings
D'AccorD III
2014

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 D'AccorD III by D'ACCORD album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.58 | 43 ratings

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Review by DrömmarenAdrian

4 stars Today I am lucky in my journey through new prog. Earlier today I enjoyed Lazuli and now I am appreciating D'AccorD. For people who don't know "D'AccorD" is a Norwegian band which made their debut album in 2009, another one in 2011 and now 2014 their third "D'AccorD III" has been released. Until now 2014 hasn't been Sweden's but Norway's year in prog. Many of the best records until now from this year has come from our neighbour in the west.

The cover is artistic. An orange colour and a delightful eye with a mermaid and a wave build up it. The album's line up is Daniel Maage who sings and plays flute, Årstein Tislevoll who plays keyboards, violin, guitar and mandolin, Fredrik Errol Horn who plays keyboards and saxophone, Stig Are Sund who plays guitar, Martin Sjöen who plays bass and Bjarte Rossehaug who drums. These six persons have done a wonderful reocrd that I think you all will like. From the first moment to the last it's energetic and full of examples of great music. "D'AccorD III" starts perfectly with "These last todays" a grande and mightly song with many instruments and we hear from the beginning that the singer sings very well(10/10). I find similarities with the vocalist in Beardfish's voice. Besides the first song the two "Mon-Sat: Part I & II" are my favourites(10/10). These songs have a particular lovely melody and a lot of similarities with Genesis. The keyboard line I think has connections to Trespass. "Song for Jethro" is more acoustic and must be a tribute to Jethro Tull(9/10). "Ibliss in bliss" is another example of great hard rock(9/10). D'AccorD also has a lot in common with Uriah Heep which could be heard in "Mr.Moonlight"(8/10). I could compare it with Uriah Heep's "The Wizard".

This competent and complete band are a perfect discovery for people who love traditional prog rock and traditional hard rock. Fans of the bands I have mentioned should check this but the band has its own characteristics too. The vocals, the guitar and the keyboards together with the rest do a great job. I'd give this record four strong stars today but then I am needle. I think this could be worth five stars so you know. Try for yourself!

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Review by Windhawk
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4 stars Norwegian act D'ACCORD was formed in early 2008. Just one year later they were ready with their self-titled debut album, a production that eventually led to the band signing with Karisma Records. Their first album as a signed band was "Helike" from 2011, and in the early spring of 2014 D'Accord returned with their third CD, "D'Accord III", their second album to be released through Karisma Records.

If you subscribe to the notion that just about all music worth appreciating was made in the late 60's and early 1970's, D'Accord will be a band that merits a check at this point. They have a bonafide vintage sound, and pulls in details from what, I suspect, is a wide variety of bands with fairly different stylistic expressions to make their own vintage rock stew. Progressive rock is the main ingredient, but there's also some nifty psychedelic nuances and blues rock details flavoring this album. As far as a possible key audience is concerned, I'd suspect that those who enjoy early 70's Camel, Genesis and Jethro Tull, and don't mind a touch of The Who, should find this CD to be a highly enjoyable one.

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Review by johnq

4 stars Highly recommended debut album from D'Accord. The band from Norway made this vintage sound album in 2009. They remind me bands like Uriah Heep, Deep Purple, Jethro Tull, Pink Floyd and Birth Control but with their unique analog/organic sound! The first track Play By The Hall Rules is a hard rock progressive song with many tempo changes and a 70's atmosphere! Daniel Maage knows exactly how to use his voice in the song and creates an additional atmosphere! In the second half of this song with the mellotron organ, the song goes to the golden age of symphonic rock! The second song This is the one is a great high tempo track. It's like Uriah Heep meet Jethro Tull on stage! The third song Bin is another great song that makes a Pink Floyd's atmosphere with passage from Jethro Tull and Pell Mell? Time to play starts with soft piano and vocals structure but in the second half of the song the sax and the blues guitar make real sense! Excellent organ parts also! The last and longer song of the album Capitale Venditio is the softest and more atmospheric song! Very good changes (a part reminds me Twenty Sixty Six and Then but with D'Accord's style). An excellent work with guitar and organ to make the real difference. Four and a half, stars for me for this excellent album.

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Review by apps79
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4 stars Norwegian band from Stord, that came to life in early 2008.The main scope of D'Accord was to revive the 70's feeling produced by bands such as Genesis, Yes, King Crimson, Queen, Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull or Deep Purple and their official self-produced debut from 2009 is a good chance to see the results.All compositions are written by singer/flutist Daniel Maage, while the rest of the original crew were Fredrik Horn on keyboards, Bjarte Rossehaug on drums, Stig Are Sund on guitars and Martin Sjoen on bass.

The first track, which is possibly the best, gives a good idea of a band, that even in the liner notes of the CD thanks the 70's!Until it's middle this is powerful, dynamic and passionate guitar/organ-driven Hard Prog with a very TONY BANKS-like vibe on the keyboards and harsh vocals by Maage, while the second part is beautiful Mellotron-drenched Symphonic Rock in the vein of BARCLAY JAMES HARVEST with a superb, romantic mood.''This Is the One'' is a great up-tempo JETHRO TULL-esque rocker with flutes and organ on the forefront, while ''Bin'' starts with an intense PINK FLOYD atmosphere with good vocal work and psychedelic guitar moves, followed by another excellent flute tune, great Mellotron work and some KING CRIMSON-esque guitar hooks.''Time to Play'' is dramatic Heavy Prog, which even includes some fantastic sax and harmonica parts akin to BURNIN' RED IVANHOE.Fantastic organ solos and awesome guitar parts with an obvious YES vibe complete a real winner.The longer piece ''Capitale venditio'' opens with an extended piano-driven melody and Maage's trully dreamy vocals, before the superb Hammond organ break leads to a lovely GENESIS-influenced tune.From this point on it is like PINK FLOYD meet DEEP PURPLE on stage.Sharp and powerful heavy organs meet the mellow Floyd-ian side, until the tremendous GILMOUR-like farewell guitar solo of Stig Are Sund.

If BLACK BONZO are the kings of Retro Prog in Sweden, then Norway has found its own on D'Accord.Dynamic compositions, damn good use of analog keyboards, an excellent voice, versatile guitar parts and a huge number of unparalleled atmospheres.Awesome stuff, no less than highly recommended.

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3.00 | 33 ratings

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Review by stefro
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4 stars Issued on the Scandanavian Karisma imprint, the second release from Norwegian outfit D'Accord finds itself appearing at very much the wrong time, buried as it is under a plethora of high-profile progressive rock releases from the likes of Squackett, The Flower Kings, Rush, Asia and Van Der Graaf Generator. Although this glut of new material from some of the genre's big boys has made 2012 one of the best and busiest prog- rock years for some time, it has also seen inventive newbies such as D'Accord struggling to make themselves heard; any other year and 'Helike', an album bursting with retro prog flavours, might just found the attention it deserves. Led by multi-instrumentalist Daniel Maage D'Accord have two feet unashamedly buried deep in the early 1970s, reeling off an intense sound that blends King Crimson's discordant art-prog flourishes with Jethro Tull flutes, powerful proto-Sabbath guitars and Maage's wailing vocals. Basically one enormous composition spread out over two sections(helpfully titled 'Helike Part I' and 'Helike Part II'), this is an album that pays no concessions to modern prog, instead focusing their considerable energies on replicating progressive rock's glory days in a way rarely seen(or heard) these days. Some critics and fans have accused D'Accord of simply providing a derivative facsimile of the music they love - 'Helike' has garnered a surprisingly sub-lukewarm response - yet this is very much one of those difficult albums that takes more than a few listens to truly grasp. Daniel Maage has obviously used 'Thick As A Brick' and 'A Passion Play' as a kind of sonic blueprint, and the album is layered with elements of jazz fusion and symphonic rock, making for a continuously fascinating listen that never mulls on one section for too long and rarely repeats itself. In creating an album like 'Helike', Maage and 'D'Accord have obviously set themselves up for a big fall, yet one must congratulate a group with such a sonic vision. Whilst 'retro' styles groups like The Flower Kings are praised for creating a mixture between the old and new, D'Accord are chastised for creating a wonderful homage to their heroes. This album isn't perfect - far from it - but it's a daring, inventive and highly enjoyable adventure into the early 1970s that few would dare to attempt. Full of ideas and instrumentally impressive, this mixture may not be the most original album of 2012 yet it is nevertheless still a great slice of atmospheric progressive rock filled with a heady selection of moods, textures and styles. Well done D'Accord. STEFAN TURNER, STOKE NEWINGTON, 2012

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3.00 | 33 ratings

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Review by Windhawk
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3 stars Norwegian act D'ACCORD was formed in early 2008 and self-released their debut album the following year to positive critical acclaim. Since then they have signed to the Norwegian label Karisma Records, and in the fall of 2011 they issued their sophomore production "Helike".

Vintage symphonic art rock of the symphonic variety is what D'Accord has to offer on "Helike", a massive 44 minute epic divided into two parts and a perfect setup for a future vinyl production at that. There is nothing new or highly innovative overall, but it's a solid excursion into the well trodden parts of concept albums that should find favor among those who have a hunger for such creations, in particular if the Peter Gabriel-era Genesis is music to your liking.

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Review by Conor Fynes
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3 stars 'Helike' - D'Accord (6/10)

Norway's D'Accord is a fairly new band to the wide world of prog rock. Like many other Scandinavian prog acts, this band takes the vintage sound to heart, and attempts to revitalize it with their own charm. 'Helike' is the first many will be hearing of this band, and it portrays them in the light in which they intend; a group of musicians wrapped in the magic of the '70s. Unlike so many however, D'Accord manages to nail the sound and atmosphere that classic prog gives off, although it is not spared a share of weaknesses.

Listeners will notice that this is a two track album, with the two halves being labelled 'Part 1' and 'Part 2'. This gives the album the sense that it is a single epic, much like Jethro Tull's essential 'Thick As A Brick'. I would bet that D'Accord took more than a few notes worth of inspiration from that album, in fact. From the sometimes dainty mood to the liberal use of flute solos, D'Accord are quick to demonstrate where their influences lie. This is not such a bad thing, as the way they evoke this vintage sound is very authentic. The production sounds raw and organic, and the band's songwriting does evoke the bombastic epics of old prog.

The composition of this 'Helike' epic is a little scattered, but full of promising, powerful moments. Especially towards the second half of this album, D'Accord deliver some surprises, and don't let their tribute tip over the scale into mockery.'Helike' is a conceptual piece surrounding the myth of Atlantis, although most of the lyrics sung by frontman Daniel Maage are abstract enough to take one way or another. Maage's vocals are the most distinctive aspect of D'Accord's sound, and at once are both the strongest, and most jarring aspect of the band's sound. Although it is clear that Maage has a strong voice, he often pushes it past the comfort zone, and- paired with a somewhat amateurish mix that favours the vocals too highly- makes me wonder sometimes if his performance is either powerful, ear-cringing, or both. Instrumentally, Maage's vocals are often the only thing that draws a listeners attention. There are moments where different interesting instruments such as the trumpet and flute come in to pay their respects, but overall, 'Helike' is a conceptually ambitious work that could have done with some more depth, musically speaking. D'Accord manage to accomplish the authentic vibe that I so often find lacking in modern prog, but the rest of their act comes off as somewhat problematic.

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Review by ulfskjol

1 stars I got this album for a birthday gift and it will be given to someone less critical as a gift or thrown away. There is very little I like about this album. First of all: Trying to copy the great bands from the seventies is NOT enough, you need to have musical ideas!! I find very few here, just pale shadows of the creative compositions that marked bands like Genesis and Yes. The melodies are unoriginal and trivial, there are no hooks to remember, the musicianship is ok, but nothing special. Second; the singer! Oh my God, the singer. Again, trying to sound to sound like someone else (Gabriel) when you have so little of his timbre and grit is bound to fail. This singer has a shrill, shrieking voice that ruins the already poor songs. I get annoyed really quickly when listening to him, and just ache to turn the whole thing off.

To me prog is trying to create something that is special, finding your own style and voice. D'Accord does nothing of the sort and has no qualities that I find appealing. There are no mittigating circumstances that justifies being boring when it comes to prog. In my humble opinion...

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Review by toroddfuglesteg

3 stars D'Accord returns with the difficult second album.

The band signed on Karisma Records and now has full label support with promo CDs and distribution in all territories through Plastic Head. I got one of these promo CDs from Karisma Records.

D'Accord has also expanded their music and gone much more ambitious. Or to be more precise, they have made a concept album with two twenty minutes long suites about the lost world of Atlantis. The ingredients which made the first album such a great album is mostly still there. Daniel Maage's vocals are excellent and he is the mainman in this band, to my knowledge. His flutes, which added a lot of flavour their debut album, is mostly gone though. The guitars and the keyboards has come more to the fore in the mix. The 1970s heavy prog sound is still intact and those who love this sound (myself included) will love the sound on this album.

There is a problem though. D'Accord is overly brave and ambitious on this album. They are in fact walking on a tightrope over a waterfall, without any aides. They almost pulls it off. Many would argue; they have pulled it off at Helike. But I would argue here that although the sound is excellent and sends shivers down my spine (as a fan of 1970s prog), this album is sadly lacking in the form of enough great melody lines. Bravery and ambitions can also means being fools. Which I am not accusing the band of being. But they tried to pull of a masterpiece and failed.

On the other hand, this is not a bad album either. It is overly ambitious. But it also have some great melody lines which surely will cement this band's position as one of the best Norwegian/Scandinavian upcoming acts at the moment. Helike is a very good album which will please their fans and probably also get them new fans. I would encourage this band to stick to their guns, despite of this album not quite reaching the target.

3.5 stars

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Review by Windhawk
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3 stars A fine debut effort from this Norwegian band, who are clearly and proudly looking back in time for inspiration.

Organs and vintage strings rules the proceedings for much of this production, with the flute adding in some Tull-inspired textures amongst the Uriah Heep and Deep Purple inspired motifs provided by the keys. And while the band do search out the harder hitting parts of the 70's hard rock and art rock universe often, they are at the top of their game in the gentler laidback themes. Mellow organ or guitars as the foundation for the melodic pipes Daniel Måge are among the highlights here, as are the dreamier instrumental passages featuring the solo guitar backed by either organ, piano or strings.

Compositionally these songs does fill slightly underdeveloped, but in terms of crafting distinct yet undefinable 70's inspired arrangements this band is superb. If you love tangents driven 70's art rock with hard rock overlaps chances are good that you'll find this excursion to be both charming and enticing.

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