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AURUM NOSTRUM

Sinkadus

 

Symphonic Prog

3.93 | 118 ratings

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Ivan_Melgar_M
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Symphonic Prog Specialist
5 stars Aurum Nostrum is Truly Our Gold

Don't know for what reason, I never bought a SINKADUS album until last week when I found Aurum Nostrum in the store, so just for curiosity (and the cheap price), got I without ever having heard a second of their music?I wish I had done it long ago because the experience was as great as listening Hybris for the first time, it was like Christmas coming in March.

The album is opened by Snålblåst, a complete box full of surprises. The first minute I almost believed it was ÄNGLAGÅRD playing under a pseudonym, especially because the peculiar style of Linda Johansson in the flute so similar to Anna Holmgren's with that sad melancholic and mysterious sound so characteristic of bands from this country. But after some time it's obvious that we're before a different band that shares the same love for well elaborate music.

Yes it's true that both bands have some extremely complex passages that remind of KING CRIMSON, and great respect for musicality, but SINKADUS is more worried about melody with a pastoral touch. It's also evident that while in ÄNGLAGÅRD members jump from frenetic to soft passages without advice or warning, SINKADUS use the flute and cello as a vehicle to soften the transition. It's also important to mention that Rickard Biström is not only a great guitar player but also has also a beautiful voice

Manuel begins with an extremely beautiful and melodic introduction where the Hammond organ and guitar really shine, is somehow hypnotic and captivating, but again the flute takes the music towards Medieval Folk territory for a couple minutes with some acoustic guitars, but this is only temporal, because after a while the massive use of Mellotron and synths take us back into Symphonic territory, somehow reminiscent of GENESIS but with a unique style. This time Rickard Biström combines his voice with Linda Johansson to create a mysterious effect. Again a perfect track.

After two excellent tracks it's time for Ågren, which is even better. After a pompous opening with a delightful excess of Hammond and Mellotron played with unusual dexterity by Fredrik Karlsson, the dramatic combination of male and female vocals create a Gothic (Late Medieval) atmosphere, blending the sacred and the pagan (Religious and Folk) in one sublime combination of beauty and musicality?From this point on, we can expect anything like lush keyboards, pastoral flute, dramatic cello and guitars, all perfectly supported by an extremely competent rhythm section. If you like Prog, you have to love Ågren , the perfect expression of what Progressive Rock means.

Aurum Nostrum is closed by the extremely eclectic Ättestupan, a song that blends pastoral music with more than evident KING CRIMSON frantic sections, as if they restrained during the melodic passages just to cut the ties and allow themselves to explode during breathtaking moments. Magnificent closer for an extraordinaire album that deserves no less than 5 solid stars.

Ivan_Melgar_M | 5/5 |

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