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3.56 | 17 ratings

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3 stars From the cold thule......

This band was almost a enigma throughout their lives, releasing self-produced LPs limited to 1000 x. They hails from the North Cape municipality (Honningsvaag) in Norway and is very probably the most northern prog rock band in the world. They are totally isolated from the rest of the Norwegian music scene and very few have ever interviewed them. They are an enigma in a scene where bands are not afraid of promoting themselves. I have always been aware of this band and I was very happy when I finally bought their two first albums, twenty-five years after reading a review of their first album in a very obscure music magazine in Norway. Street Fighter, I think this magazine was called. So, twenty-five years later, I am trying to enter my thoughts into my computer and then through a fiber optical line to the PA server... Strange world !!

Their music is strange too....... A blend of epic music like Pink Floyd and darkened prog like VDGG. Include some large dosages The Smiths in it too and you get the picture. The best song and the very epic Over de iskledte fjell should be regarded as one of Norway's most definate anthems. It is brilliant. The Shaman song has some sami and VDGG influences. Mostly VDGG and I doubt Peter Hammil would had been ashamed of including this song on a VDGG album. The rest of the songs are a blend of the bands mentioned above. The quality is pretty good throughout. There is not a single bad track here, but no classic tracks either. It is a very good album for those into darkened prog. Don't buy it if you are suicidal. The mood are dark throughout this album. Just like a winter day in Honningsvaag with total darkness throughout. Thule is most definate one of these bands I want to know more about and the rest of their albums is on my to-do list. Please regard this as one of the better Norwegian prog rock albums.

3.75 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 3/5 |


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