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Symphonic Prog • Norway


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MORILD is a symphonic prog band from Trondheim, Norway . They were formed in 2004 by Nils Larsen, Alexander Holand Salgado and Odd-Roar Bakken. The band members were a part of the band ADVENTURE but opted to leave and form MORILD. Before this the band had many pseudonyms including CONTRABAND, PLIGRIM, and HOME OF STORMS. ADVENTURE continued with Odd-Roar who has remained a musical partner with Nils over 30 years. John Anders Troset joined MORILD in early 2008 and has a strong vocal delivery that enhances the music. Odd-Roar and John Anders sung in the same choir, which brought new light to the compositions of the band.

The name of the band was derived, according to members, from "a light created by algae in water, in ancient times an omen from deep waters for fierce storms to come."

The band are influenced by the legendary Andy Latimer from CAMEL, Ian Anderson from JETHRO TULL, Kerry Livgren from KANSAS, Ken Hensley from URIAH HEEP, as well as PROCOL HARUM and MIKE OLDFIELD. The band members listen to traditional music and church music such as BJORN J:SON LINDH, and PEKKA POIOLA, TRANSATLANTIC, THE FLOWER KINGS, ELP, and Norwegian prog such as HOST, RUPHUS and AUNT MARY. The band are inspired and inject elements of these artists into their albums.

Despite the influences, MORILD have a unique sound, a specific mood that is distinctly Norwegian which "automatically colors the songs with the landscape and scenery that we have grown up with. There's a melancholy someplace hidden here, a kind of Scandinavian way, which you find folk and church music, to use the shifting pattern of minor and major keys and chords," recently pointed out in an interview.

Band members stated that, "MORILD is all about speaking to the soul and heart, rather than the cold brain. The music is not calculated, it's rather warm and with a strong melody line inside all those twists and turns. It is what comes natural for us, and that's how it must be. Music is all about passion and dedication; it's all about sharing a bit of your soul with sisters and brothers."

The music on the new debut double CD, Time To Rest, should appeals to fans of symphonic prog with all the features expected of the genre; a mixture of elements from different genres, intricate time signatures, reflective intelligent lyrics, a non commercial approach, lush keyboards that sound like symphonic strings, and extended songs that focus on musical virtuosity.

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3.24 | 21 ratings
Time To Rest
2010
3.60 | 34 ratings
Aves
2013

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 Time To Rest by MORILD album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.24 | 21 ratings

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Time To Rest
Morild Symphonic Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars Morild came to birth in 2004 in Trondheim, Norway by part of the Adventure line-up.Bassist Nils Larsen and drummer Alexander Salgado Rodriguez were in the Adventure line-up for sometime, while guitarist/keyboardist Odd-Roar Bakken was among the founding members of the group and a longtime friend of Larsen.Bakken worked on Morild's debut for quite sometime and the recordings were put through, when John Anders Troset joined the band on vocals in 2008.Their debut ''Time to rest'' was recorded between 2008 and 2009 at Bakken's own studio with Mari Haug Lund providing the flute parts and Hans Kristoffersen guesting on guitar.Most surprising, this was a 2-CD work by a new band, released independently in 2010.

It can't get any closer to the fundamentals of Classic Prog than this.Eight tracks, five of which clock at over 10 minutes long with the three-part ''The slave ship'' approaching the 30-min. mark!Soundwise Morild appear to be heavily influenced by the classic groups of the 70's, most notably GENESIS, CAMEL, YES, KAIPA and URIAH HEEP, as a result they come close to other North-European bands like compatriots THE WINDMILL or the Dutch LEAP DAY.A mix of old and modern techniques provides a great instrumental depth and the long arrangements give plenty of chances for elaborate melodies, vintage-inspired orchestrations, injections of folky underlines but also some beautiful complex textures.Knowing that, you can expect plenty of different segments in the same track, a fair amount of delicate flute work and a great balance between the nostalgic sound of the Hammond organ and the powerful flights of the synthesizers.Harsichord, church organ samplers and piano are also included among Bakken's instrumental variety as well as some elegant acoustic soundscapes.The impressive melodies and the emotional guitar solos have a taste of some Neo Prog bands like GALLEON or ELEGANT SIMPLICITY, but the bulk of this release is pretty much 70's-oriented.There are no evident flaws in here, except maybe the usual lack of a personal character or some pale vocal moments, otherwise this is some well-composed Symphonic Rock album with endless, varied atmospheres along the lines of the 70's bands.

Sometimes it's better to release one CD over a double edition.This is not the case here.Too much good material to be left out, comprising of lengthy, symphonic-oriented tracks with interesting structures.Strongly recommended...3.5 stars.

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 Aves by MORILD album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.60 | 34 ratings

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Review by Windhawk
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3 stars Norwegian band MORILD was formed by Nils Larsen, Odd-Roar Bakken and Alexander Holand Salgado back in 2004, and the current incarnation of the band came to be in 2008. They released debut album "Time to Rest" in 2011. Two years later Morild returns with "Aves", their second full length album, self released by the band.

Strong, emotional lead vocals and epic length, multiple-themed compositions of the symphonic progressive rock variety with the organ as the key instrument are what Morild provides on their second album "Aves", with at least a foot and a half firmly placed in the 70's as far as style and expression is concerned. Those with a sensible set of ears for vocals might want to approach this one with a bit of caution, but otherwise this is a production that should be a nice fit for those who tend to enjoy music described as retro-oriented symphonic progressive rock, especially those amongst them who also enjoy bands like Uriah Heep from the same era.

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 Aves by MORILD album cover Studio Album, 2013
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Review by DrŲmmarenAdrian

4 stars The Norwegian group Morild's second effort "Aves" from 2013 proves that it's still possible to do great symphonic music nowadays and I am allways so happy when I get new good prog music from ProgArchives. This great and luxous prog music from my neighbour country i west was a pleasent experience.

Morild is an old style symphonic band with long and varied compositions played with sacred keyboards, wonderful flute, joking bass, drums and guitar. The record has just six tracks but is has a wide length. If you listen you'll directly get the greatness in the first song "The Patient Fisher" where the bass, flute and vocals are the best ingredients. The albums highlight is though "Wildflower" a long and intriguing piece which shows a lot of the band's posibilities. I would say that track is wonderful and totally great. "Labour day" has excellent instrument playing and a huge melody. "Waiting for the Ferry, Par 1 & 2" doesn't make me disappointed either. Morild has, really, almost everything to make the best progressive rock and this could have been a masterpiece if....

the vocals hadn't been false. The vocalist has a strong, emotional and handsome voice, but it disturbs me on many places that he sings out of tune. A big part of the music is instrumental so the problem isn't morbid. I have just another little problem: Why do they have the songs "Time river" and "Frost gloves" on the record. These tracks are bad! With its problems this record still is fantastic and less than four stars would be a crime. The stars aren't so strong but they're there.

All tracks: "Wildflower" (10/10), "The Patient Fisher" (8/10), "Labour day"(8/10), "Waiting for the Ferry"(8/10), "Time river"(4/10), "Frost Gloves"(4/10)= 3,5 = 4

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 Aves by MORILD album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.60 | 34 ratings

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Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

4 stars These days, when I am sent something to review I load it into a playlist on my iPod and initially listen to it in the car. This allows me to ensure I listen to the albums in some semblance of order, so hopefully am always working on those that I have had longest. But, it does mean that I am sometimes surprised by what I am listening to in that I can't remember where it came from. That is what happened with this album, as I was driving along trying to work out where on earth I had got my hands on a reissued prog album from the late Sixties/early Seventies as I was sure this hadn't come from Eclectic, and was the wrong type of music for Yesterrock, yet these are pretty much the only reissue labels I deal with these days.

So, when I got home I started looking through my files and realised that I must have been sent this to review by a friend of mine, so had no information on the band. That got me searching the internet, and a short while later I was sat there quite amazed, as this isn't a reissue at all, but instead is a brand new piece of work from Norway. I honestly thought that this is from the period, as if ever a group was using Ken Hensley as a starting point then this is it. But, it's not just classic Heep with Byron style vocals, as they also bring in some Tullisms and then attempt to make it more modern by also using Camel (so maybe '75 instead of '71). There is Hammond organ aplenty, along with flute where required and lush guitars and great vocals. Simply put, if you ever enjoyed the first half a dozen Heep albums, especially the numbers that contained acoustic guitar, and are fond of Tull, then this is essential. This sort of music just shouldn't exist in 2013, but I for one am very glad that it does. tihlde.org/~alexandr/morild/

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 Aves by MORILD album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.60 | 34 ratings

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Morild Symphonic Prog

Review by PH

4 stars Morild surprised me with the previous release 'Time to Rest' (2010), on which they trod some exciting paths. That's why I was wondering if successor 'Aves' is a step in right direction. The 75 min. running time doesn't stop this new album being worthy of attention it deserves. Again, meticulous retro-flavoured attitude serves an avenue for the instrumental craftsmanship, interspersed with interludes and emotive singing. The band is comprised of John Aanders Troset (vox, acoustic guitar, percussion), Odd-Roar Bakken (assorted keyboards, electric guitar, ukulele), Alexander Holand (drums), Nils Larsen (bass), Hans Kristoffersen (guitar) and Mari Haug Lund (flute, piano). They perform a vintage sympho-progressive style garnished with folky elements. Thrilling synths and excellent guitar lines, precise rhythm section and pastoral mood exemplify the diverse nature of 'Aves', to keep it fresh through every listen. Compositional quirkiness leaves behind very interesting melodies. The music is quite superb. The production is flawless. The packaging is top notch, featuring lyrics, pictures and images. In the final summing up I'd say that this CD is well worth buying. ASAP.

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 Time To Rest by MORILD album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.24 | 21 ratings

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Morild Symphonic Prog

Review by b_olariu
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3 stars Morild from Norway is a quite unknown band from newer generation of prog rock bands that releases one album untill now in 2010 named Time to rest. The band was formed around Nils Larsen, Alexander Holand Salgado and Odd-Roar Bakken in 2004 all 3 members coming from another prog rock band from Norway Adventure. This is a double album, a courageus thing to have right from the dubute with almost 2 hours of music. This is not an easy listning, at least at first spin, but the band manage to come with a pleasent symphonic prog release remind me a lot of Camel meets The Flower Kings and others. The music is warm well presented with some very nice passages, maybe sometimes to mellow for my taste but not bad at all. Flute is very well integrated in the melancholical sound, quite typical for scandinavian bands. The keyboards and specialy the guitar have an importnad role here and combined with warm voice of John Anders Troset this album is ok, good no doubt. The longer pieces are the most intresting ones, mostly on first CD, opening track All I wanted and Circus are the best Morild can offer here. A very beautiful full of warm arrangements is the ballad Blackbird's Lullaby. The second CD is in same vein as first, maybe little less convinceing in some parts but never the less ok most of the time. Time to rest is not an exceptional album by any means but features nice and enjoyble symphonic prog that can be tolerated by any prog rock listner. A bright star in Norway prog scene from today, realy curious how will sound the second release, if there will be one in the near future. 3 stars, a fairly good album with some ok and pleasent moments overall.

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3.24 | 21 ratings

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Review by toroddfuglesteg

3 stars By releasing a double CD as their debut album, Morild is clearly stating their intentions.

The music on this album is pretty much straight forward symphonic prog in the vein of Camel and the other greats from the international symphonic prog scene. To this, also add the greats from the Norwegian prog scene from the 1970s. In other words, they are running their ship pretty safe, clear away from any rocks. You get tonnes of hammonds, flutes, guitars and drums. The vocals is also pretty typical understated symphonic prog. In other words; there is nothing here a symphonic prog fan would dislike.

Morild is ticking of all the right boxes. The only box they are not ticking off is the one for "great songs". And this my only gripe with this album. The only remotely great song here is The Slave Ship trilogy at the end of this double album. This is where Morild adds both identity and real quality. The rest of the album is just ticking along nicely........ and just that.

Morild is a band which is clearly very ambitious and brave. They also have the potential to really deliver killer albums. Time To Rest on the other hand is a good middle of the road symphonic prog album which will appeal to fans of this music and just that. Morild are in the process of recording a new album so keep an eye on them.

3 stars

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