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Isildurs Bane - Sagan Om Den Irländska Älgen / Sagan Om Ringen CD (album) cover


Isildurs Bane


Symphonic Prog

3.63 | 19 ratings

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3 stars This CD contains the third and fourth release of the band from the late 80's. Actually the music on these albums has been created already in the early 80's. They are two concept albums, the first one obviously about the consequences of a nuclear war (as far as I read), the second one about the Lord of the Rings saga. Two quite popular themes during the eighties. The music is rooted deeply in 70's symphonic prog, reminding very much to old releases of Swedish fellows KAIPA. Highlights are certainly the overtures of both albums. Sometimes keyboards are sounding a bit slushy and plastic alike (typical for the 80's) as in "Ove". On others like in "Sex minuter" they are slightly reminiscent of ZAPPA but not that odd and intricate, more mellow and melodic. The vocal songs like "En vilja att leva" are giving a bit more cheesy and childlike impression, not only due to the lyrics in Swedish sounding a bit cute and funny to our foreign ears. But they are nice to listen. The last two songs of the first album "Marlboro Blues" and "Fredrik" are quite different from the ones before since they are quite nice jazz fusion ones with good guitar, bass, drums and brass (or synths).

Recordings for the Sagan Om Ringen album were not completed before 1987 and overall the tracks of this one are sounding less plastic alike, some of them containing nice interludes with acoustic guitar like "Vandring". "Tom Bombadill" is a more quirky song with excellent bass play. "De svarta ryttarna" is another example for 80's plastic keyboards but it has as well some electric guitar and is more a AOR type rock song. "Vattnadal" is a short quiet interlude with acoustic guitar before it's becoming a bit more "heavy" again in "Moria" with an amazing drum solo, certainly a highlight of the album. "Sällskapets upplösning" is a nice more mellow instrumental with good keyboards and bass play. The last one (in two parts) is similar having some vocals.

As a SUMMARY I'd like to say both albums are very nice to listen with a bit higher level on the second one. I'm sure lovers of the more mellow side of prog will like it. Listeners knowing the band more from their later projects might be a bit disappointed, but that's how the band started once. I'd say it's not an essential, but not a bad one as well. Good for 3 stars!

hdfisch | 3/5 |


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