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Änglagård - Viljans Öga CD (album) cover




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4.26 | 1172 ratings

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4 stars Viljans Öga is the third album of Änglagård that was released in 2012 ; quite long since their Epilog album 1994. Tord Lindman, the founding member of the band was not part of this album. Consisting of 4 long tracks (each is longer than 10 minutes) that are all instrumental.

Like typical Änglagård, the music has the accuracy of an orchestral work, that needs not only instinct and mastery of each instrument, but intelligence and disciplines.

Among distinguished features of this album are its richness in timbre (with cello, clarinet and saxophone - I suppose they were getting more and more experimental from Hybris, Epilog and this album) and darker atmosphere. Wind instruments play more intensive role in this album - and that's great.

While all tracks are kind of feasts of progressive music in one of its finest form, my favourite track is Snårdom (3rd track - 16:14). It has a amazing guitar parts, beautifully accompanied by melodic bass and wind instrument.

In my opinion, even we can (still) spot some traces of prog giants from 70's in their music but Änglagård has created their own sound and signature composition since their debut album, and that is getting more and more solid and experimental in this album.

Mark-P | 4/5 |


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