Anglagard – Hybris (1992) Sweden
Änglagård’s sound is rich in mellotron, Hammond and piano, and a brooding wash of guitars and bass/bass pedal accented by Holmgren’s moody and precise flute. The band’s compositions are characterized by long, often instrumental tracks with significant tempo shifts and sometimes intense guitar flourishes.
An inspiration for a lot of Scandinavian bands, ANGLAGARD’s first production is a must have in any prog collection. Maybe one of the few albums that everybody loves, and it’s not merely coincidental. After the decadence of the great bands in ’80s, and the poor approach to the original style from neo-prog bands, ANGLAGARD arised like the true response for all those who considered prog music dead and buried.
This album was a true inspiration for many Northern Europe bands like SINKADUS or LANDBERK, who emphasized the sadness and nostalgy found in “Hybris”, making a sort of new “melancholic Scandinavian mellotronic” style. Precisely, “Hybris” is a party for Mellotron lovers.
Genre: Symphonic Prog
Studio Album, released in 1992
1. Jordrök (11:10)
2. Vandringar i Vilsenhet (11:53)
3. Ifrån Klarhet Till Klarhet (8:04)
4. Kung Bore (12:57)
Bonus track on remastered CD:
5. Gånglåt från Knapptibble (7:19)
Total Time: 51:23
– Thomas Johnson / Mellotron, Hammond organ B-3 and L-100, solina, clavinet, pianet, korg mono/poly, piano and church organ electronic version
– Jonas Engdegård / Stratocaster, Gibson 335, nylon and steel acoustic guitars
– Tord Lindman / vocals, Gibson 335, nylon and steel acoustic guitars
– Johan Högberg / Rickenbacker bass, basspedals and mellotroneffects
– Anna Holmgren / flute
– Mattias Olsson / Sonor drumset, Zildjians cymbals, concert bass drum, triangles, tambourines, vibraslap, po-chung, gong, castanets, line-bells, cow-bell, wood-blcok, glockenspiel, tubular bells, bongos, bells, ice-bell, finger cymbals, waterfall, a-gogo bells, cabasa, claves, French cowbell, African drums, effect-flute