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2 stars Anglagard - Viljans Oga.

the third album by Anglagard is one that for a long while, noone thought would ever appear, but here it is nonetheless.

I'll start by saying that in my opinion Anglagard is and has always been an overhyped band. Their previous albums to me were full of great ideas, but were so incredibly incoherent that I have always had trouble listening to them from start to finish. Note that people often compliment this band for making very complex music. While this is beyond dispute, I find that it severely hampers the listening experience.

I will not go into great detail about this album, because the general critique on their musical style applies to literally every single song. The sudden stops, non-fluid transitions and chaotic feel is present in every song. The ironic thing is that great riffs, passages even, are also present in every song. These get me enthusiastic every time, only to be let down completely by what follows.

I would not recommend this to anyone who likes well-composed prog. I would however recommend it to any fan of Anglagard ofcours. Fact remains that for me, this feels like a ship crossing the ocean without a compass. To be blunt, I really don't understand what all the fuss is about. Complexity does not equal a good album.

My score is 4/10.

jverweij | 2/5 |


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