ANGLAGARD

"Viljans Oga" (Mellowtronen; 2012)

Reviewed by Jeff Rogers

Anglagard are a Swedish progressive rock band. This disc, entitled "Viljans Oga," means "What was." Anglagard sound a lot like Genesis and draw influences from King Crimson so the music isn't heavy like the progressive rock of, say, Dream Theater. The incredible guitar work and layers upon layers of musical fusion are here and I would consider it more of a listening experience where you, the listener, can juice out your favorite parts.

I've always been a fan of progressive music and the U.S.A. has a different style of progressive rock than other parts of the world. Keep that in mind when listening to "Viljans Oga."

After my initial listen through I've come to the conclusion that Anglagard are more symphonic prog rock than anything. They use a lot of symphonic elements (flutes, etc.) and orchestral sounds but they couple them with technically proficient guitar runs and drums that add their own flavor.

Anglagard: Anna Holmgren – Flute; Johan Brand (born Högberg) – Bass; Tord Lindman – Guitars and vocals; Erik Hammarström – Drums and percussion; Linus Kåse – Keyboards.

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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