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    Posted: January 04 2013 at 23:24
Well, it's billed as Symphonic Prog here: http://newprogreleases.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/hidden-lands-in-our-nature.html where I found it, so who knows?.
 
Info from the above site:
 
Country: Sweden
Subgenre: Symphonic
Label: Progress Records (PRCD 051)
Release date: November 23, 2012
 
Tracklist:
1 In my Nature (8:54)
2 L'Ancien Régime (6:12)
3 The Road to Halych (7:43)
4 Uncurable (10:52)
5 Stiletto Runner (3:51)
6 In the Nightgarden (8:23)
 
Total Time 45:59
 
Line-up:
Hannes Ljunghall - keyboards, guitars
Björn Westén - keyboards 
Bruno Edling - vocals 
Phillip Bastin - bass 
Gustav Nyber - drums
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Band from the ashes of Swedish Proggers Violent Silence (four out of the five former members), who bring us this fine album with Hannes Ljunghall (composer/lyricist, keyboards & guitars) as main figure. Hannes recruited all his former band mates, bar one. It is a very interesting album that music wise is mainly keyboard orientated, you actually don't hear much guitar even though stated in the booklet. But you get loads of keyboard washes, soli & melody lines, underlined by fine bass and solid drums. Add to that the very fine voice/vocals of Bruno Edling. Some tracks, in the instrumental parts, are reminiscent of Greenslade and/or even Rare Bird at times.
 
 
As I said it's billed as Symphonic, but to me it sounds a bit too light without the sound of the guitar being much in evidence...but there again ELP didn't use one  at all!
 
Couple of YouTube vids (tracks 2 & 3):
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dead cert for the site, but do I take it straight down to Crossover, or let Iván & his men run their ears over it first? Ermm
 
 


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 05 2013 at 10:08
Nice find, David! Clap I see Violent Silence are already in Crossover, but I think this is somewhere between Symph and Neo judging by those two vids. Just my tuppence worth.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 05 2013 at 10:33
Thanks Chris.
 
I've sent Iván the link to the thread, and some other samples, so we'll wait until his team has made its decision before deciding the next place to try for this act (if we need one, that is). Thumbs Up
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 06 2013 at 13:33
And the answer was: this.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 08 2013 at 04:54
Hidden Lands is a killer band, I love them, they fit perfectly in the symphonic section, if has some eclectic moments. I saw Ivan take them under the wing. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 08 2013 at 06:38
Iván has said that eventually his team will consider (and he is certain will accept) them, but first he wants to send them to Heavy and/or Eclectic for evaluation by one (or possibly both) of those teams. I haven't seen anything dropped in either of those team's threads as yet, so am unclear regarding the current situation with this band.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 08 2013 at 09:31
Honestly Yam Yam...Too light is very soft comment

I see a lot of Ambient here.

Crossover for sure

But will send them again to Scott and Fritz 

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 08 2013 at 09:33
BTW: I can't find them in ProgFreak, so i don't know if they are checking them.
            
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 08 2013 at 15:09
Thanks for the reply Iván.
I haven't added the band to progfreak yet. I wanted to see which team would be considered most appropriate for the initial evaluation before proceeding.  Your own team don't use progfreak, but since I have already mentioned this band in our team thread as a possible future candidate for evaluation, I will add them now to the progfreak main database...but not to our chart itself until Symphonic team have officially said 'no'.
 
Edit: (@ Iván, see message below) Done...and added to our chart: http://progfreak.com/Hidden-Lands-155139.html?path=pa/recent  Thumbs Up


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 08 2013 at 15:13
Add it in your chart, when the guys are back they will check it anyway.

Knowing them i'd guess the vote will be Xover

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 08 2013 at 15:34
In our chart now, but I'll tell the guys not to start casting their votes until Fritz and Scott have both defintely said 'no' for Symphonic too.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 10 2013 at 07:51
Had a listen today. There are strong Neo flavours throughout the music and it feels more Neo than Symphonic. Perhaps Crossover as the styles converge, but it would be interesting tohear theor opinion before evaluating further as there ar enot enough Symphonic elements to vote Yes.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 10 2013 at 09:58
Originally posted by yam yam yam yam wrote:

In our chart now, but I'll tell the guys not to start casting their votes until Fritz and Scott have both defintely said 'no' for Symphonic too.

Scott has voted on the previous post

Fritz (Southsideodthe Sky) has sent me a PM about Hidden Lands that I won't post according to the site rules (you can't post PM's without express permission of the sender) but he votes for Crossover


My vote is also Crossover

It's UNANIMOUS for us, Hidden Lands not accepted in Sumphonic.

Xover, maybe Neo in our opinion.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 10 2013 at 10:23
Thanks Iván. I will drop this suggestion into Neo team's thread first, since two collabs have said they hear Neo flavours in the music. If Neo don't want them we will evaluate in Crossover, and I would expect an easy ride there. Smile
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 10 2013 at 14:22
Originally posted by yam yam yam yam wrote:

Thanks Iván. I will drop this suggestion into Neo team's thread first, since two collabs have said they hear Neo flavours in the music. If Neo don't want them we will evaluate in Crossover, and I would expect an easy ride there. Smile

Only Scott mentioned Neo.

Fritz said Crossover

Just in case it helps

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 10 2013 at 14:40
Thanks again Iván...The other collab who mentioned Neo was actuallly Chris from New Suggestions - a bit earlier on in the thread... http://www.progarchives.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=91326&PID=4692713#4692713. Thumbs Up
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 11 2013 at 03:26
Think they can be suitable for Neo sub, my two yen.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 16 2013 at 16:27
They were cleared in crossover so I added them. If the teams wants to trade I guess they can sort that later on, but the band is in the database now at least.
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http://www.progressor.net
http://www.houseofprog.com
http://framemusic.net/

My profile on Mixcloud:
https://www.mixcloud.com/haukevind/
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 22 2013 at 17:27
^ Thanks Olav. Moved to Neo according to the Crossover / Neo Teams' consensus. Thumbs Up
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