Änglagård ‎– Hybris


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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
MELLO 004 Änglagård Hybris(CD, Album) Mellotronen MELLO 004 Sweden 1992 Sell This Version
COSLP 013 Änglagård Hybris(LP, Album) Colours (2) COSLP 013 Norway 1992 Sell This Version
MELLO CD 4004 Änglagård Hybris(CD, Album, RE) Mellotronen MELLO CD 4004 Sweden 2000 Sell This Version
EX9 Änglagård Hybris(CD, Album, RE, Dig) Exergy Music EX9 Sweden 2003 Sell This Version
ANG 01 Änglagård Hybris(CD, Album, RE, Dig) Änglagård Records ANG 01 Sweden 2009 Sell This Version
ARC-3035 Änglagård Hybris(CD, Album, RE, Pap) Arcàngelo ARC-3035 Japan 2013 Sell This Version
ARC-3043 Änglagård 23 Years Of Hybris(Box, Dlx, Ltd, Num + CD, Album, RE, RM + CD + CD) Arcàngelo ARC-3043 Japan 2015 Sell This Version
none Änglagård Hybris(CD, Album, Unofficial) G. & P. Essential Music none Russia Unknown Sell This Version


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December 4, 2016
referencing Hybris, CD, Album, MELLO 004
ÄNGLAGÅRD - HYBRIS (Mellotronen MELLO 004) CD 45m / (Colours COSLP 013) LP 45m
As it said in a letter we got from Änglagård, that there are so many "progressive" bands around today, proclaimed as or claiming to be in the tradition of classic progressive rock, yet often the all too sad fact is that most bands don't even come remotely close, often the musicianship is poor, compositions shoddy and have vocalists that cause pain to the artistically attuned ear. Too often the experience is of a band that are a poor imitation of a second-rate 80's progressive like Pallas. But that's certainly not the case with Änglagård, a new Swedish band, who like the other recent revelation Landberk have gone to great lengths to create a spectacular music that rivals the best of 70's classics.
Änglagård are a highly proficient six-piece group featuring a keyboard player (with a formidable collection of instruments: a Mellotron, Hammond B3 organ, Solina string-synthesizer, and much more), two guitarists, bassist, flautist and drummer, and betwixt them they create some of the most phenomenal and dynamic music, spurred on by the Mellotron and organ, with ever-present multi-guitar textures, breathy flute and complex rhythm structures. HYBRIS features just four tracks, of which Jordrök (an instrumental) is an incredible opener, a playground for multi-keyboards and high dynamics, the tumultuous and unpredictable spirit of King Crimson, combined with the finest elements of 70's Italian styled classical rock, and a heavy dose of Schicke·Führs·Fröhling's Mellotron drenched masterwork SYMPHONIC PICTURES. The other three tracks, although they contain songs are mostly instrumental and feature a uniquely Swedish style of singing with a folky touch that is most appealing, despite the fact that I don't understand a word.
I suppose to some people with less progressive tastes, the music of Änglagård could all be a bit too much, as they lay on the dynamics with relentless intensity. The effect just leaves me breathless.
choice new release review by Alan Freeman in Audion magazine #25 (June 1993)


March 28, 2011
edited about 1 year ago
referencing Hybris, LP, Album, COSLP 013
Änglagård really took the prog rock world by storm back in the 1990s, no doubt helped by their appearance at Progfest '93. Prog rock was in bad shape prior to 1992, so it was nice to see a band shunning digital and going instead for all analog (Hammond organ, Mellotron) and have the ability to pull off an album that's every bit as good as the best from the 1970s, performed by musicians who were between the ages of 17 (drummer Mattias Olsson) and 24 (guitarist Tord Lindman). Unbelievable! I mean the youngest member wasn't even alive when many of the classic prog albums were released, and the older members could just barely remember the first time around.

What I'm really getting after is try to find the Norwegian LP on the Colours label. It's beautifully packaged with a booklet, with the lyrics to the songs (in Swedish), and other info, including a short history of the band (in Swedish). Plus there's an insert, all in English, about the band members, and history of the band. If you're lucky, it'll come with two stickers, which replicates the labels used for side one and two. Unfortunately mine never came with the stickers, but since they're record label replications, I didn't mind. I believe those stickers only came with the promo version. You can't argue with an album that shows a picture of a Mellotron sitting in the woods. Sadly Colours went belly-up in the mid 1990s, so it's became a major collector's item.