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Live, released in 1996

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Prolog (2:20)
2. Jordrök (11:45)
3. Höstsejd (14:03)
4. Ifrån klarhet till klarhet (9:04)
5. Vandringar i vilsenhet (13:07)
6. Sista somrar (9:22)
7. Kung Bore (12:34)

Total Time 72:15

Line-up / Musicians

- Mattias Olsson / drums, percussion
- Johan Högberg / bass, bass pedals
- Thomas Johnson / Hammond, Mellotron, grand piano & other keyboards
- Jonas Engdegård / electric & acoustic guitars
- Tord Lindman / acoustic & electric guitars, Mellotron, vocals, percussion
- Anna Holmgren / flute, Mellotron

Releases information

CD Musea FGBG 4167.AR (1996, France)

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Review by Sean Trane
3 stars 3.5 stars really!!!

I wish I could stay awake to hear the end of this . Something wrong with the sound and somehow the band does not manage to reproduce here the excitement of the original recordings. I saw them live last summer in Verviers and although un-rehearsed , they were taken by surprise by the reaction of the public and are re-thinking of re-forming for more albums . They presented us that night with two new-old originals and they sounded quite good .

Review by ClemofNazareth
3 stars I may be in the minority who feel Änglagård’s post-mortem live album isn’t quite up to the standards of their studio recordings. These guys on a bad day were far better than a great many more successful prog bands of the nineties, but not really on the strength of this recording.

One of the things that has attracted me most to Änglagård’s music is their ability to seamlessly blend each of the musician’s output into a cohesive whole that almost sounds as if the players have one collective brain. I don’t hear that as much here. Partly of course is because this is a live album, and there’s only so much that can be done to mask little imperfections and slight timing or tuning flubs.

But that’s not really the problem here; it’s more that there just doesn’t seem to be the level of engagement that their studio records have. On “Hostsejd” for example, the exquisite timing (including the delays between tempo shifts) seems more rushed in a live setting, with the result of not only shaving a minute and a half off the song but also in leaving an impression of a perfunctory performance instead of one where the band is fully engaged with their audience.

“Jördrok” is a little better on the mood and timing, and this is one of my favorite Änglagård songs anyway so I can appreciate its inclusion on their live album. But the vocals on “Vandringar I Vilsenhet” are a bit strained (and frankly Anna Holmgren sounds just a little bored to me), plus the keyboardist seems to be laboring to keep in synch with the percussion and guitar, which makes for a slightly off- kilter rendition of this ‘Hybris’ epic.

And I don’t know what’s going on with “Kung Bore”, but the complex and impressive keyboard/guitar interplay that comes midway through this song on ‘Hybris’ sounds off here on the live album. I’m not sure if it’s a timing or a tuning issue, but while the studio version is a brilliant case of rendering order from chaos, this version sounds more like herding cats. Maybe that’s a bit harsh, but the whole second half of the song on this live release just doesn’t work quite right.

This is the easiest Änglagård CD to find, so if it is the only one you can get your hands on then you should, as this is a band with an impressive penchant for drama and complex music (particularly when sticking to what they do best – instrumentals). But I can’t say it ranks with their two studio albums in terms of technical quality or energy. The live version of “Jördrok” is well-recommended, but otherwise I’ll say this is a good, but not great, live recording. Three stars.


Review by ZowieZiggy
3 stars After two studio albums, there was fortunately a live recording of the work of this rather unusual Swedish band.

There are a lot more minutes of music from their first album here (which is quite alright IMO). I have to confess that "Änglagård" pleased me more during their debut album than throughout "Eplilog"...

This live set is just as accurate as it could be. Faithful performance of their studio tracks for sure. The music played doesn't need or doesn't feel like being rendered with lots of feeling or texture. Just a good play back of great songs. Period.

A northern concept of a concert: one plays as good as one can do; tracks as the crowd is expecting and that's it. Interaction with the audience are left to a minimum as if the band were afraid of the people in front of them.

This being said, this album might well be a good entry to the band. One gets most of their two studio albums (over than an hour of music) for a decent price. But don't expect a masterpiece here. It's just a good live album from a good band.

No extra feeling, no added emotion, no fabulous solo, no fantastic gig. No nothing as such: plain rendition of good tracks. Totally Crimson oriented, as the original tracks. I guess that most of the people having listened to this live set were just waiting for this. No surprise.

I have to say that "Änglagård" deserves your attention: they opened a paved way for several bands from these cold countries and as such deserved a medal in the prog history. But IMHHO, it is only a bronze one.

Three stars for this burial.

Review by DamoXt7942
FORUM & SITE ADMIN GROUP Avant/Cross/Neo/Post Teams
4 stars ANGLAGARD...immediately they came out in front of us and immediately passed away...suggest this live work on Progfest '94 was their life itself.

Unfortunately, my experience for ANGLAGARD is poor and I've heard only Jordrök and Sista Somrar of all their songs recorded in the studio. Their studio albums are not now available and the used ones are very expensive for us to get. Why? Needless to say. :) As above mentioned, they formed in 1992, released two great studio albums and a live album, and disappeared suddenly in 1995. With only three-year activities, it's very rare such a lot of traditions they've born and made. We, progressive rock freaks, have many things to discuss about them.

Anyway, back to the review of this live we can listen to their live-performance on Progfest '94. After releasing the second album Epilog, I guess they should feel their limitation on activity and progressiveness. But believe me! What a lively play and performance! Basically their style was aggressive and eccentric guitar and rhythm section with gentle and romantic melodies including soft and cheerful keyboard, mellotron and flute sound. To be static and to be dynamic, explosion and calmness, can cross and mix with each other and there is well-balanced tune and sound.

Exactly in the live performance we can't expect the sound of perfectness and accuracy such as on studio work, but I'm sure it's really, really enough for us to feel the atmosphere and be moved and absorbed into their ability and greatness. Not overevaluatin'.

No, no, I wanna say they are not buried but alive in our mind!

Review by Eetu Pellonpaa
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars As re-thinking of this record now later on year 2014, I am happy the band was not buried alive to their first pioneering phase, but arose to the schizoid 21st century with grandiosity of a Phoenix's wings. As a adorer of live concerts - especially poor audience tapings from the 60's - I hoped this album would have pleased me more than their canonized two first studio albums, which however failed in my own opinion to achieve artistic goals they reached. The compositions themselves appeared to my ears having too much effort on difficult timechanges and melodic thematics, resulting to a too messy aural painting without harmony. Some problems with timings and precision does not seem to be an issue for me; as an example some Yes recorings I have heard from early/mid 1970's were in some instances much more interesting than carefully produced studio epics. I believe this album is recommendable for anybody who got enthusiatic about "Hybris" and "Epilog" albums or attended the gigs. My own CD was tossed after this re-listening session in bleary envelopes of yesterday, whilst anticipating the vinyl release of "Prog på Svenska - Live in Japan".
Review by aapatsos
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars Nothing buried except for the crowd

This is not a typical live record; I would not really expect it to be due to the nature of this band. ANGLAGARD's Buried Alive is a strange live album in many aspects. With only two studio albums in their discography, this ''compilation'' could not have been something less than representative; in fact the balance leans towards their debut which has been characterised as one of the best post-1990 symphonic prog albums. Timewise, roughly 2/3 of the music are tracks from Hybris.

Buried Alive is actually the first album of the band I have really delved into - I still need to explore the other two which I own - and my judgement will be based on this fact. To my knowledge, the tracks in this live record are pretty close to what you would hear in the studio versions: similar arrangements, similar atmosphere and of course similar complexity and level of virtuosity. The folk element is dominant and it's the one that makes the difference.

In case you have been unfamiliar with ANGLAGARD's music, it is usually a mixture of (extremely at times) technical/complex symphonic prog filled with folk and epic influences; the music radiates some obscure magic that is difficult to describe. Another element that differentiates them from bands in the same genre is this strong Scandinavian atmosphere, a sort of music that derives from the woods... The vocals sung in Swedish add to this obscure atmosphere. The fact that the complex parts of their music interchange with slower, melodic, enchanting melodies is the feature that intrigues me the most.

On the negative side, the production of the recording is mediocre with some 'ups and downs' in the sound and the volume of the output. The crowd can not be described as enthusiastic and is hardly noticeable throughout the recording apart from some applause at the beginning and ending of the songs. To be honest though, if I was watching an ANGLAGARD show I can see myself having the same response; not because I don't like the music, but because I would be absorbed in it and try to understand it.

Kung Bore, the track that concludes the album, is probably my favourite because of its unique references to some extremely interesting passages (which coincidentally or not remind me of my own country's folk music).

Musically the whole recording is at high standards and I would have no doubt to recommend it to friends of prog rock as a first experience with the band. For those who own the studio albums it might not be essential. However, my criteria in this case are different...

Review by Evolver
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Crossover & JR/F/Canterbury Teams
3 stars This is a good, but not great live album. I strongly prefer this band's studio albums. But this one is worth a listen once in a while.

I agree with other reviewers here that the recording quality is a bit off. At times it sounds like the microphones were in the audience. This is most noticable, and annoying, during Prolog, where audience members talking to each other can be heard until the full band joins in for Jordrök.

The performance, however, is exeptional. And since this band was only around long enough to record two studio albums, I suppose we should be grateful that they were able to record at least one live album, despite the recording issues.

Review by Ivan_Melgar_M
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars ÄNGLAGÅRD was like a bright star, they shined from "Hybris" (1992), but burned too soon, after "Epilog" (1993) and even when their members were in the late teens or early twenties, they had vanished in the air, but there was still one more chapter to be written, the band had to release a live album, so in 1994 their Progfest presentation was recorded and released as "Buried Alive" in 1995.

Many people criticize this album because it doesn't sound as their two previous and spectacular releases,but they don't seem to understand that the band was practically retired and making a tremendous effort to play without the help of overdubbing, being that their music because of it's complexity can't be reproduced on stage without loosing some of the magic. As a fact in a presentation I saw on video, the had to ask Par Lindh to help them with the double keyboards required to reproduce what was done on studio.

There's another problem that fans often ignore. ÄNGLAGÅRD'S music is so complex an technical that doesn't suit perfectly on stage where yo need more improvisation and emotion instead of surgical precision, that is what the band gives us.

But lets be honest, despite the limitations and obvious lack of emotion of a band that was thinking in an early retirement, they give an excellent concert, with the usual accuracy and quality in their performance, plus gives us a chance to listen them on stage.

I won't review the tracks as I normally do, because the correct analysis was done on "Hybris" and "Epilog", the natural environment in which this material must be listened.

So, if you are a newbie, start with the studio releases, but for any fan of the band, Buried Alive is an excellent addition that deserves no less than 4 stars.

Review by Rune2000
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars I think that it's great that Änglagård recorded and released a live album featuring material from their two studio albums and that it has a strong emphasis on the debut release, but all the surrounding details just don't appeal as much to me.

Let's be honest, the sound production of this live album is far from decent. It actually sometimes sounds more like a bootleg that was recorded by some audience member since there is no detail in the sound channeling and that's a huge letdown for me. I get especially irritated when I can't hear a specific guitar/bass fill that I've been so accustomed to on the original studio recordings but that can, in some cases, have less to do with the recording's sound and more with the slightly new arrangements that the members perform on these compositions.

For all these reasons, Buried Alive doesn't really become the excellent retrospective of the Änglagård material that I would have wanted it to be and therefore it can hardly be recommended to anyone who is new to the band. The already established fan base should find these performances a nice change of pace from the compositions that they've been accustomed to but I doubt that anyone would ever prefer any of these renditions of the tracks over their original takes. For most part, these performances are very true to their originals and the occasions where they differ are usually done so for the worse.

Even if Buried Alive is far from an excellent live recording I still have a difficult time dismissing it as merely a fans only release. It does feature all of the original four tracks off Hybris and the tracks from Epilog can pretty much be seen as a bonus for everyone who decides to check this album out after only hearing the debut release. I've actually been a bit more inclined to hearing this album than Epilog coming through the speakers in my household, over the last few years, which I guess says pretty much all you need to know about Buried Alive!

**** star songs: Prolog (2:20) Jordrök (11:45) Höstsejd (14:03) Vandringar I Vilsenhet (13:07) Kung Bore (12:34)

*** star songs: Ifrån Klarhet Till Klarhet (9:04) Sista Somrar (9:22)

Review by Mellotron Storm
4 stars I held off getting this for years because of the complaints about the sound quality. What the heck ! It sounds freaking amazing ! Now i'll admit that when compared to their studio albums it's not nearly as good, but you have to understand that no other band were as worried about doing everything perfect as ANGLAGARD. So yes their studio albums weren't released until they were flawless. Unfortunately live albums aren't. The band wasn't happy with their performance here but I guarantee you that they have never done a concert where they were satified with the results.This concert (ProgFest 1994) was actually performed after the band had already broken up, but they wanted to (or had to) fulfill their obligations. Some amazing pictures in the liner notes including one of a youthful Greg Walker who was instrumental in bringing these guys to America the first time in 1993 I believe. Listening to this album is humbling. I am just so in love with their sound that is so complex and melancholic.The upfront bass and storms of mellotron make me weak in the knees. All of "Hybris" is on here and most of "Epilog". So only 3 songs are missing which translates into just 13 minutes of music missing from their two studio albums.

"Prolog" is simply gorgeous with those mellotron flutes. "Jordrok" opens with piano as the mellotron rolls in. It kicks in with power before 1 1/2 minutes. Killer sound ! Love the bass and guitar here. A calm after 3 1/2 minutes. A beautiful section with flute and acoustic guitar. It kicks back in at 6 minutes as it continues to shift back and forth. "Hostsejd" has some chunky bass early before it settles down with flute and keys 2 1/2 minutes in. It kicks back in quickly. So good.The contrasts between the pastoral and powerful continue.The mellotron is amazing after 6 minutes. Great sound 10 minutes in too. It settles then builds with mellotron 12 minutes in.This is insane !

"Ifran Klarhet Till Klarhet" has an interesting intro then it kicks in after a minute. It settles with vocals a minute later.The mellotron is moving. It kicks back in at 5 1/2 minutes then settles with flute and cymbals. It's heavy again. Incredible ! Love the growly bass with mellotron to end it. "Vandringar I Vilsenhet" is laid back to start then it starts to build 2 1/2 minutes in. It settles back a minute later.The vocals arrive 4 minutes in then it kicks in. Man this is good as it winds along shifting and changing. "Sista Somrar" is intricate early on. A calm after 2 1/2 minutes then it picks up as contrasts continue. Lots of mellotron here.

"King Bore" like many of these tracks contrasts the beauty and anger of music. Check out the bass 2 1/2 minutes in. It kicks back in at 6 1/2 minutes. How good is this ! Spoken words 8 1/2 minutes in then it turns powerful with a flood of mellotron. Not worthy !

4.5 stars and a must for ANGLAGARD fans.

Review by VianaProghead
4 stars Review Nº 342

Anglagard is a Swedish symphonic prog rock band with a critical acclaim and a loyal following cult of fans in the early 90's due to their unique sound. It became a cult prog rock band. Anglagard broke up in 1994. They briefly reformed in 2002-2003, and have been active again since 2009. Anglagard was formed in 1991 by Tord Lindman and Johan Hogberg. The duo published advertisements in order to form a new band in the same vein of the prog 70's bands. Eventually, answered Thomas Johnson and Jonas Engdegard. Mattias Olsson and Anna Holmgren joined them shortly after that.

Anglagard was probably the first band of the 90's to have become a legend of progressive rock music, and to have been considered at the same level as the 70's giants. And this didn't happen by chance. They're probably one of the best Swedish progressive rock bands, and constitute a dark counterpart to their optimistic compatriots, The Flower Kings.

The art of Anglagard can be characterized by a touch of Genesis-like arpeggios, Yes-like virtuosity, some soft flute melodies, a few bits of local Swedish folk, sudden mellotron apparitions and unexpected and violent King Crimson- like moments, always beautifully controlled and performed. All of this also shows a paradoxically well defined personality mainly due to their quite typical Scandinavian and immediately recognizable melancholy. Add to this perfection, not at all show off musical interpretation that is subservient to the compositional skills and you can get the complete picture. The compositions develop mostly with instrumental tracks that include sudden but always melodically rhythm changes.

'Buried Alive' is the debut live album of Anglagard and was released in 1996. The line up on the album is Tord Lindman (vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, mellotron and percussion), Jonas Engdegard (electric and acoustic guitars), Thomas Johnson (mellotron, Hammond B-3, grand piano and keyboards), Anna Holmgren (flute and mellotron), Johan Hogberg (bass and bass pedals) and Mattias Olsson (percussion).

'Buried Alive' has seven tracks. The set list includes tracks of the two first and only studio albums of Anglagard, at the time, 'Hybris' and 'Epilog'. So, from 'Hybris' we have four tracks 'Jordrok', 'Ifran Klarhet Till Klarhet', 'Vandringar I Vilsenhet' and 'Kung Bore'. From 'Epilog' we have three tracks 'Prolog', 'Hostsejd' and 'Sista Somrar'.

'Jordrok' is a dark and melancholic instrumental that reminds me the long and cold winter season in Sweden. It's complex with constant musical changes and where all the instruments have its function and where no one dominates. This is a great track, one of their best. 'Ifran Klarhet Till Klarhet' has a surrealist begin with a kind of a carnival circus sound. It sounds relatively complex, combining the great versatility of Anna Holmgren on flute, good guitar work, great mellotron sound, nice bass line and powerful drumming. This is another excellent catchy track. 'Vadringar I Vilsenhet' is another extremely complex track with great rhythm changes. Tord Lindman's voice is nice and delicate and, for me, it improves the song. There are on this song some amazing individual performances by all band's members. This is another brilliant track. 'Kung Bore' is a complex song, very nostalgic, with great vocals, some classical parts, good keyboards and a good rhythm section. It has an uplifting sound with light and dark shades. This is one of their best and is, probably, my favourite Anglagard's track. 'Prolog' is short and as its name indicates, is the musical introduction on 'Epilog'. This is a very beautiful way to open that album. It's a very calm classical piece of music, very delightful with a sad and melancholic Baroque atmosphere. Despite be short it's absolutely brilliant. 'Hostsejd' has great moments of pure energy with its mellowparts with abrupt transition passages between calm and mellow parts and loud and wild parts. This is one of the highlights of Anglagard, where the band shows their great maturity. 'Sista Somrar' starts calm and soft until changes with a strong and aggressive passage. It will continue throughout the entire theme. Here, we can see the perfection and harmony between the classical and rock parts, which Anglagard is perfectly skilled in doing.

Conclusion: This line up split up after this last concert of Anglagard at the time. 'Buried Alive' was issued after that split up and consists of almost the complete show on the ProgFest in Los Angeles. It has about one hour and fifteen minutes of 100% instrumental and breathtaking music. Let's just say that the audience could feel privileged to witness that moment, what is shown on the album. However, Anglagard knows this album isn't at the same quality level of their previous studio albums. They know there's something wrong with the sound of the album. Somehow, the band couldn't reproduce the excitement and the flame of the original recordings. The band has even confessed that they left the stage in tears, not for sadness, because it was their last live show as a band and they were to split, neither for joy because they were happy. On the contrary, they had tears in their eyes because they felt disappointed and frustrated with their performance on stage. Still, 'Buried Alive' is a great document and an excellent addition to any prog rock collection.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

Review by Warthur
4 stars The early-to-mid 1990s saw a new resurgence of progressive rock music. Part of this can be put down to the rise of the Internet making it easier for enthusiasts to find each other and to discuss the music they loved; part of this was down to the rise of new acts intent on recapturing more complex sounds of yesteryear and not satisfied with the concessions to commerciality that the neo-prog groups had worked into their music; part of this was down to new prog-oriented festivals being arranged to provide showcases for the music.

And of course much of it came about because of all those three being interlinked. The Internet helped fans discover bands and festivals that they'd have never heard of otherwise, international promotion now being viable on a DIY basis whereas before only the biggest acts could have dreamed of it. The new bands looked to the Internet and festivals to develop an audience for their music. The festivals found in the new bands a generation of enthusiastic, hungry acts producing great music and keen to put them before an audience, and found in the Internet a sufficient audience to make staging the festivals in question viable.

In that respect, Buried Alive is an album which offers a microcosm of the burgeoning prog renaissance of the 1990s - for it's a live album from Änglagård, one of the most exciting new acts of the era, capturing their performance at the 1994 ProgFest in the USA. In former years, the idea of a Swedish band who had only put out one album on a more or less self-released basis getting to play a US music festival would have been far-fetched indeed - but Änglagård were one of the early darlings of the online prog fanbase, and that made them a natural fit for ProgFest.

What you get here consists of all of their debut album, Hybris, plus a brace of three tracks from Epilog, which had been recorded a few months prior. They are delivered largely as you remember them from the studio albums, bar for the odd difference in audio and delivery to be expected from the live context. If you love Änglagård and cannot get enough of them, that'll be fine - and if you're a symphonic prog fan that's probably the case. At the same time, I'd not recommend this over their studio releases.

Latest members reviews

4 stars I actually steered clear of Anglagard and groups like them for a long time because their music has so frequently been characterized as "dark and brooding". On this more affordable and accessible "farewell concert" recorded in 1994 in Los Angeles, I was surprised to find a lot of beautiful mellot ... (read more)

Report this review (#2440795) | Posted by Squire Jaco | Monday, August 24, 2020 | Review Permanlink

2 stars At the end of this gig - the last Änglagård would play for some time (but not forever) - the band left the stage in tears. After reading the previous statement, you may be thinking, "Well it was the end of a brief, but impressive career. No wonder they were crying - it was an emotional time." How ... (read more)

Report this review (#116590) | Posted by Shakespeare | Wednesday, March 28, 2007 | Review Permanlink

3 stars Let's spend five minutes to review the posthumous release of the Swedish band Änglagärd. As you all know, the band unfortunately only released two albums, those being Hybris and Epilog, while the French based Musea label released the highlights of Progfest '94 on a double CD including Änglagärd favo ... (read more)

Report this review (#108295) | Posted by Open-Mind | Sunday, January 21, 2007 | Review Permanlink

4 stars This is the first Anglagard cd I have heard and I am VERY impressed. The music here is amazing and heavily classically influenced, the liner notes said the band was not happy with the performance and I have not heard the studio versions of these songs but they sound great to me. ... (read more)

Report this review (#70170) | Posted by walrus333 | Tuesday, February 21, 2006 | Review Permanlink

5 stars I cannot describe Anglagards music , unique, eclectic , but with some passages which remind me of King Crimson cirq 1973 and National Health. Add to this some flute. The band apparently did not rate their playing on this release , but it sounds quite majestic . highly recommended ... (read more)

Report this review (#799) | Posted by platform | Saturday, January 24, 2004 | Review Permanlink

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