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HYBRIS

Änglagård

 

Symphonic Prog

4.37 | 1713 ratings

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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high quality of progressive music in 90's. The use of Mellotron and Hammond organ does not make the overall sound outdated, but Änglagård successfully capture the essence of 70's prog and create their own sound in new fashioned way.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.

Mark-P | 4/5 |

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