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    Posted: June 01 2007 at 15:05

This is simply one of my top favorite prog bands in all times. Their music is the perfect paradigm of symphonic progressive rock to me, with brilliant utilization of symphonic typical instrumentation blended with awesome rock elements reminiscent of bands such as King Crimson, Frank Zappa and Pink Floyd. At their website, the band describes their own sound in these words: "Over the years we've gathered a lot of impressions from all around, though mainly from fusion, jazz, classical and theater music. Our musical development has also to do with new members coming from different backgrounds, such as pure rock, funk, classical and jazz."

 

From their prolific discography my top 3 favorites are these:

 

- Mind Vol. 1

- Mind Vol. 2

- The Voyage: A Trip to Elsewhere

 

The audio quality of their recordings (later stuff especially) is usually top notch too. Mind Vol. 1 & 2, for example, are two of the best-sounding prog recordings I have ever heard. Clap

 

Who else into this great Swedish band?

Demetrio.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 01 2007 at 15:10
I love the PA sample on the site! Too bad their albums are kinda hard to find!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 01 2007 at 15:11
*Raises Hand*

I'd love to hear more though. Ive only got Mind 1 & 4 right now, but I really enjoy both.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 01 2007 at 17:58
Originally posted by Progger58 Progger58 wrote:

This is simply one of my top favorite prog bands in all times. Their music is the perfect paradigm of symphonic progressive rock to me, with brilliant utilization of symphonic typical instrumentation blended with awesome rock elements reminiscent of bands such as King Crimson, Frank Zappa and Pink Floyd. At their website, the band describes their own sound in these words: "Over the years we've gathered a lot of impressions from all around, though mainly from fusion, jazz, classical and theater music. Our musical development has also to do with new members coming from different backgrounds, such as pure rock, funk, classical and jazz."

 

From their prolific discography my top 3 favorites are these:

 

- Mind Vol. 1

- Mind Vol. 2

- The Voyage: A Trip to Elsewhere

 

The audio quality of their recordings (later stuff especially) is usually top notch too. Mind Vol. 1 & 2, for example, are two of the best-sounding prog recordings I have ever heard. Clap

 

Who else into this great Swedish band?

Demetrio.

 
Are you kidding?...Along with After Crying, Isildurs Bane is probably the best modern fusion symphonic progressive band, they just lead symphonic to somewhere else, evolution of symphonic prog in modern terms its absolutely Isildurs Bane...I would definetely add "Cheval - Volonté de rocher " the the list as well...i've heard about 70% of their discography. Never got to listen Lost Eggs, Sea Reflections  or Eight Moments of Eternity .
 
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 01 2007 at 18:52
Excelent Band!! one of my Favorite!!
 
my top 3 albums:
 
The Voyage - A Trip to Elsewhere 1992 4.44
Excellent%20addition%20to%20any%20prog%20music%20collection
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Studio Album
 
Mind Volume 1 1997 4.04
Excellent%20addition%20to%20any%20prog%20music%20collection
(16 ratings)
Studio Album
 
Sagan om Ringen - Sagan om den Irlänska Älgen 1992 3.60
Excellent%20addition%20to%20any%20prog%20music%20collection
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Studio Album
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 01 2007 at 22:37

I've gone through many phases, focuses on one sub-genre of prog-rock at a time. Long after my focusing on symphonic prog rock, and after I had gotten sick of hearing the same thing all the time I found Isildur's Bane. This is a band that, while they fit into the genre "Symphonic progressive rock" they sound only as themselves, which is key, I think, to their fan base. That's the attraction for me, anyways.

 
I have Mind Vol. 1 & 4, and The Voyage; A Trip To Elsewhere. Mind Vol. 1 has long been a favorite of mine, and 4 shows an unpredictable evolution in the group.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 05 2007 at 12:42
Originally posted by Progger58 Progger58 wrote:

This is simply one of my top favorite prog bands in all times. Their music is the perfect paradigm of symphonic progressive rock to me, with brilliant utilization of symphonic typical instrumentation blended with awesome rock elements reminiscent of bands such as King Crimson, Frank Zappa and Pink Floyd. At their website, the band describes their own sound in these words: "Over the years we've gathered a lot of impressions from all around, though mainly from fusion, jazz, classical and theater music. Our musical development has also to do with new members coming from different backgrounds, such as pure rock, funk, classical and jazz."

 

From their prolific discography my top 3 favorites are these:

 

- Mind Vol. 1

- Mind Vol. 2

- The Voyage: A Trip to Elsewhere

 

The audio quality of their recordings (later stuff especially) is usually top notch too. Mind Vol. 1 & 2, for example, are two of the best-sounding prog recordings I have ever heard. Clap

 

Who else into this great Swedish band?

Demetrio.




Hey!  You're favorites are my favorites!   Of course, they are also the only ones I own Big%20smile

I have heard some of their other stuff as well, but haven't gotten anymore of their albums myself yet.  Great band, great modern symphonic and quite original in their approach and execution.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 05 2007 at 16:03
Excellent band, I have Mind Vol 2 which is the only one I've managed to get hold of so far. Very original.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 05 2007 at 22:33
Originally posted by infandous infandous wrote:

Hey!  You're favorites are my favorites!   Of course, they are also the only ones I own Big%20smile

I have heard some of their other stuff as well, but haven't gotten anymore of their albums myself yet.  Great band, great modern symphonic and quite original in their approach and execution.
 
Hey, I'm glad to know that!! Thumbs%20Up
 
If you want to go further anytime, I would recommend these:
 
- Sagan Om Algen & Sagan Om Ringen
- Cheval
- Lost Eggs
 
And also their Mind Vol. 5 DVD. Simply brilliant too!!! Clap
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 05 2007 at 22:40
I have only the superb "The Voyage"... simply fantastic, sublime, estarrecedor! I always ask to myself when hearing this album: "Am I dreaming?". Clap
 
I need at least their 2 "Mind" before I die!Ying%20Yang
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 05 2007 at 22:40
Originally posted by Atkingani Atkingani wrote:

I need at least their 2 "Mind" before I die!Ying%20Yang
 
Which ones?
 
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 05 2007 at 22:46
Originally posted by avestin avestin wrote:

Originally posted by Atkingani Atkingani wrote:

I need at least their 2 "Mind" before I die!Ying%20Yang
 
Which ones?
 
Vol. 1 & 2, for sure!!! These two are masterpieces!!! Thumbs%20Up
 
As would say my Brazilian countryman: estarrecedores!!!! Clap Clap Clap


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 05 2007 at 22:50
@ Assaf: I swear I'll get Mind 2 one of these days! Smile
 
@ Progger58: '58 is a good year related to Sweden & Brazil... Big%20smile
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 05 2007 at 22:57
Originally posted by Atkingani Atkingani wrote:

@ Progger58: '58 is a good year related to Sweden & Brazil... Big%20smile
 
Hehe... Undoubtedly!!! Good for Brazil; not so good for Sweden... Brazil 5 X 2 Sweden at the final.  Wink
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 11 2007 at 17:58

Does anybody here like Cheval... ? I think iy really is the band´s masterpiece, even better, IMHO, than all the MIND seires.  Yes. MIND series are really technical, original and very brilliant, but there are some ups and downs in those records. But Cheval... provides not only great virtuosistic playing, but also a real sense of "album". I don´t mean with this that I dislike the most experimental side  of the band (MIND 3 is quite an interesting project),  but I consider that Cheval has a different feeling (more than Voyage...)

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 12 2007 at 08:16
Too hard to get their albums...Unhappy
An excellent band, I think, nice that sometimes thrads are made about them!Thumbs%20Up
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