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Hybris

AnglagardAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD
  • ASIN: B001781JR2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #484,453 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The album that kicked off the '90s prog revival November 12, 2003
Format:Audio CD
It was only a matter of time before a band like Änglagård came around. The 1980s and the early 1990s were obviously prog rock's lean years. While some welcomed the neo-prog scene (Marillion, IQ, Pendragon, etc.), others were less than happy with the scene, accusing them as being little else than a pale, modernized update of the Gabriel-era Genesis sound. And then there's Genesis, who spent the 1980s releasing ever more commercial albums culminating with Invisible Touch (which at that point sounded pretty indistinguishable from Phil Collins' solo career, particularly No Jacket Required), and pretty much sticking in that same territory with We Can't Dance. And of course, from 1979 to 1992, you had punk rock and disco give way to new wave. And then new wave eventually gave way to the grunge/alternative rock scene (lead by Kurt Cobain and Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, etc.), which seemed even less encouraging in the world of prog. And then Änglagård came around, picking up where the 1970s left off, and releasing Hybris near the end of 1992. The album was originally released on CD on the Mellotronen label in Sweden, and on LP on the long-defunct Colours label out of Norway. I happen to own the LP, which came with a booklet that had the lyrics to all the songs, and many black and white photos of the various band members. What's really surprising is you might think the band would consist of a bunch of thirty to forty-something musicians who would have been there in the '70s to witness and participate in the rise of prog rock, but not at all. The ages of the band members were from 17 (drummer Mattias Olsson) to 24 (guitarist/vocalist Tord Lindman), but they play like they were there in the 70s! Read more ›
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
After a few months of searching, I was finally able to get a copy of this album. It's the digi-pack version with the bonus track to make things even better. If you are a fan of symphonic prog, especially the styling's of Genesis and King Crimson, this is THE album for you. Here is a band that knows their influences, but offers their own unique take on things. The Swedish folk overtones add a dimension that helps to make the compositions unique to the giants of '70's prog.

The musicianship is almost startling, even more so when you consider the age of the band members (all under 24). The drumming is what struck me first and foremost. The drumming is both utterly complex and amazingly delicate depending on the mood the band is trying to achieve. And speaking of moods, Anglagard switches time signatures and musical styles with blinding speed and dexterity. Music this complex is rarely shown on a debut release. And yet, they have the uncanny maturity to make all that complexity musical. This isn't just complex for the sake of showing off, they are very cognoscente of this being music and not a mathematical exercise.

I'm simply in awe of this band; one listen to Jordrok and I was hooked. Now I would consider it my absolute favorite instrumental, even more so than La Villa Strangiato. That's something I never thought I'd say. If I could give this album 6 stars; I would. I honestly don't think you can be a serious symphonic prog fan without a copy of this album. Hybris is that good and that important.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Could this one get SIX stars?? June 11, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Back on December 1992 a friend who is a die-hard fan of prog as myself invited me to a live performance of a Swedish group I'd never heard before: Anglagard. Living in Mexico City where we never get to see underground groups (let alone PROG underground ones) it was not a hard decision to give it a try. The audience was not more than 150 people, all super prog fans, still I didn't know what to expect. Anglagaard came out to the stage and I could notice how young they all were, especially the drummer. Rightaway they started performing "Jordrok" and before a minute had passed we all realised that this was not another prog group, but that were in front of a MAJOR act, and best of all, in an almost private performance. We all listened astonished.

Enough. The album is definitively one the best symphonic prog attempts in the last 20 years. The influence of 70's music, especially Gabriel's era Genesis is undeniable -I mean, who played a Mellotron in the 90's? - Tomas Jonson, keyboard player, is the perfect mixture of Wakeman and Banks. Still, it was Mattias Olson, at his late teens, the one who already displayed virtuosism on drums. The complex rhythms on every song of Hybris shows a very well achieved influence of icons like Neil Peart or Terry Bozzio. It is his playing that enhances all the compositions of the record, demanding your attention from the beginning to the end. Hybris displays very much a 70's mood, but totally renewed and with much energy and creativity. It is a pity that this group split so soon, as they had everything to be one of the top five prog groups ever. If you love Prog music, this one's for you.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Prog Classic April 1, 2009
Format:Audio CD
This classic recording is available from the band at a reasonable price. Google the band's name and go to their website. Prices are in Swedish Krona which can be converted to local currency on XE.com. Don't pay inflated prices, buy directly from the artist.
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