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First we must specify that LANVALL is not a band, we're talking about a very talented Austrian guitar/keyboards musician named Arbne Stockhammer who as VANGELIS changed his name because of the difficulty.

As many of his compatriots like Gerald Krampl, LANVALL has played in the borderline that divides Melodic Symphonic with New Age and some form of Ambient, he has a bit of WAKEMAN, a bit of KITARO, a bit of Emerson a bit of JON & VANGELIS, a bit of STEVE HACKETT and a lot of GANDALF plus a strong YANNI New Age atmosphere..

In his facet as guitarist he's more versatile, in 1998 he signed with the Goth Metal band EDENBRIDGE, where he leaves all his soft tendencies for an aggressive style in which he's really good.

His career as Prog musician starts with the release of "Melolydian Garden" (1994) with Ulbi Ulbricht in the bass and Thomas Schaufler in the drums, this almost Symphonic guitar based album is described as music for relax and comfort, something that clearly talks of his closeness to New Age, some interesting moments but nothing special almost as a lower quality MIKE OLDFIELD.

His second release "Auramony" (1996) is a conceptual project about the colors of the human aura, for this dreamy and ethereal release he received the contribution of GANDALF (sitar & classical guitar on "Violet", 6-string acoustic guitar on "Green", electric guitar on the intro of "Yellow"), Peter Aschenbrenner in the flutes and the rest of the lineup was similar to the first album, with "Auramony" his connection with New Age is stronger.

His third and last release "The Pyromantic Symphony" (1997) before he joins EDEMBRIDGE, is the only reason why LANVALL remains in Symphonic, the guitar work is outstanding combining classical influences with a strong Symphonic side, by far his peak.

LANVALL is a musician who had the skills to release real masterpieces but never rised his feet from the comfortable and unchallenging border with New Age, only for people who like the softer side of CAMEL.

Iván Melgar Morey - Perú

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Melolydian GardenMelolydian Garden
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3.28 | 11 ratings
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3.69 | 13 ratings
3.09 | 17 ratings
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 The Pyromantic Symphony  by LANVALL album cover Studio Album, 1997
3.09 | 17 ratings

The Pyromantic Symphony
Lanvall Symphonic Prog

Review by kenethlevine
Special Collaborator Prog-Folk Team

3 stars As the majority of prog fans age well into their 50s and beyond, and begin to pay the price for thousands of their limited free hours spent grooving to their favourites when they should have at least been bowling, I should like to be a fly on the wall when first a prog-friendly doctor prescribes something appropriate for his patient with the weak heart. "No more EDENBRIDGE and OPETH for you, nay, not even YES or GENESIS for they are too moody, and FLOYD will make you wish the first scare had done you in." Then the good doctor reaches for the pad and scribbles the typically undecipherable Rx which you dutifully take downstairs to the pharmacy and are handed this CD. Weak medicine indeed, although ANT PHILLIPS might be a better choice.

But seriously, this isn't bad at all, and some parts are surprisingly edgy in a palatable manner. It's certainly prog-lite, like CAMEL meets YANNI. Here and there I also hear the echoes of ODYSSICE, FLOWER KINGS, KERRS PINK, and, of course, MIKE OLDFIELD and GANDALF. The choir doesn't add much to the classically romantic feel for which LANVALL strives, but "Islands in the Stream" does hit the pastoral sweet spot. The best track here is "Castles in the Air", which is one in which LANVALL nearly cuts loose on lead guitar to spine tingling effect. "The Eternal Dream to Fly" is a bit more hit and miss but some of the guitar-key flourishes are spot on.

In the long term, I don't see myself reaching for this too often unless medically necessary, but, while this may not appeal to pyromaniacs, it might be hard to resist LANVALL's occasionally brilliant romantic vision. As you were.

 Melolydian Garden  by LANVALL album cover Studio Album, 1994
3.28 | 11 ratings

Melolydian Garden
Lanvall Symphonic Prog

Review by Ovidiu

4 stars Wonderful debut album from one of the most sensitive and special European guitar players-LANVALL from the beautiful Austria!He is also the instigator of the gothic band and permanent member even today-EDENBRIDGE,which is one of the surest European values of the genre!This album is so wonderful and full of magical moments that it's really difficult to name any particular song-the album must be appreciated because of the great quality of all it's compositions!The musical style is symphonic prog,very smooth and relaxing,very atmospheric and melancholic LANVALL'S guitar tone is astonishing-sometimes it reminds of MIKE OLDFIELD or STEVE HACKETT ,and the clarity of the sound is breathtaking!This kind of music proves that feelings can be perfectly well expressed by the help of this magical instrument called guitar in very expressive and sensitive ways!Even compared to EDENBRIGGE,the music on MELOLYDIAN GARDEN is very calm ,quiet and touching!Only a couple of midtempo songs remind us that LANVALL is anyway a metal musician,and some arpeggios have the role to step up a little the rhythm of the album,but 90 % of the tracks are really introspective and slow.Excellent musicianship,excellent music for quiet and calm evenings with a glass of wine next to you together with a beautiful woman!I have to mention that the album has been re-released by MASSACRE RECORDS in Europe after 2000 with a better sound -remastered at a superior quality-but-unfortunately-without any bonus track!Simply beautiful!4 STARS for a special album!
 Melolydian Garden  by LANVALL album cover Studio Album, 1994
3.28 | 11 ratings

Melolydian Garden
Lanvall Symphonic Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars LANVALL is actually the nickname of Austrian guitarist Arbne Stockhammer, now a member of ''Edenbridge''.Released in 1994 by Music Is Intelligence Label, ''Meloydian garden'' was his first of three solo albums.If you're moved by soft and dreamy symphonic rock,this album is a must-have.I would say that LANVALL combines the best of STEVE HACKETT and MIKE OLDFIELD in a fantastic ambient-like soundscape filled with strong melodies.There is also a slight FOCUS influence in the classical-influenced parts of the album,while some mellow solos might bring CAMEL to mind.The album contains also some great piano passages and grandiose yet distinctive background synthesizers,played by LANVALL as well,and a couple of amazing orchestral compositions based on piano and synths.An underrated mid-90's release by a talented musician,''Meloydian garden'' deserves your attention,especially if you're deep into melodic/atmospheric/soft symphonic prog.
 The Pyromantic Symphony  by LANVALL album cover Studio Album, 1997
3.09 | 17 ratings

The Pyromantic Symphony
Lanvall Symphonic Prog

Review by hdfisch
Prog Reviewer

3 stars This record is in fact a very beautiful one, but certainly nothing very exciting or progressive in a way. For sure reminiscent a bit of MIKE OLDFIELD (but of lower quality I have to say), also not as good as STEVE HACKETT's classical excursions, maybe the closest comparison would be GANDALF (the other Austrian fellow), some of RICK WAKEMAN's weaker more ambient kind of outputs, JON & VANGELIS or KITARO, but merged with some rock elements. It's mainly instrumental music apart of some beautiful pastoral choir, very much keyboard dominated, but as well with some quite good guitar parts. For what it is, that is some romantic "dinner music" for quiet and relaxing moments I'd say it's not a bad album, but don't expect anything interesting and relevant for an advanced Prog listener. Recommended only for lovers of the musicians mentioned above and good for 3 stars!!!
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