Exposé Online banner

Änglagård — Hybris
(Mellotronen MELLO 004, 1992, CD)

by Mike McLatchey, 2016-03-10:

Hybris Cover art

McLatchey's Second Tier

This is one of those albums that has developed such a reputation that it's quite common to see it get the dreaded "overrated" tag, as if any album could live up to the sort of divine praise you see. But if you were around in 1992, this was essentially the album that solidified the revival of the genre. Back in the day I used to order CDs from Greg Walker and I still remember this one showing up in a package, unordered, just because Greg probably had no doubt I'd flip over it. He was right, and at the time I think only Ezra Winston's Ancient Afternoons or Nuova Era's Dopo l'Infinito were even remotely at this level of craftsmanship. Nowadays it's apparently easy for a certain segment of fans to throw tomatoes in its direction and scream "Genesis clone," but even back then we knew this was as much about Cathedral's Stained Glass Stories and several other titles much rarer than it was about Genesis alone. This was exactly what a lot of people wanted, an homage to symphonic rock when it was birthed in the analog era by a bunch of young musicians who didn't take any shortcuts in terms of the deep sonics and vintage keyboards. It still holds up all these years later and even though there have been long gaps, the band has evolved without really losing their original vision.


by Henry Schneider, 1992-12-31:

Änglagård is a new young Swedish band composing and playing songs that combine the aggressiveness of mid-period King Crimson with gentle flowing Scandinavian "folk" music. This combination is unique to Änglagård and not as absurd as it sounds. Though separated into four songs, Hybris feels like one 45 minute musical suite. Änglagård is adept at seamless shifting between beautiful flute solos, great choral Mellotron washes, fiery guitar runs, cathedral organ passages, Swedish vocals, intricate melodies and Red-era King Crimson riffs. Hybris is a refreshing album that brought a smile to my face as I relaxed and floated with the music. In addition, the good folk at the Colours label, who reissued the CD, packaged Hybris in a beautiful gatefold jacket with a 12 page Swedish booklet of band history, pictures, and lyrics. This is one album definitely worth finding at any cost.

Filed under: New releases , 1992 releases

Related artist(s): Änglagård

More info

Latest news

2021-02-14
SoundQuest Fest 2021 – SoundQuest Fest, first experienced as a live festival in Tucson Arizona in 2010 was created by ambient music pioneer Steve Roach. This 2021 event will unite a worldwide gathering of artists and audience members together for a 3-day online event unique in the realm of ambient music. From March 26-28th a continuous flow of streamed performances, audio-video wonder worlds and deep immersion zones will burn bright on Roach’s YouTube channel. » Read more

2021-02-10
Chick Corea RIP – The sad news has reached us that Chick Corea has Returned to Forever, so to speak. The innovative keyboardist and composer died on February 9 at the age of 79. With a career that spanned from the 60s until shortly before his death, Corea touched many listeners with the incredible variety of music he produced in his lifetime. » Read more

2021-01-18
Asia Minor Third Album on the Way – On January 29, AMS records will be releasing the long-awaited third album by classic Turkish-French band Asia Minor. Released last year in Japan, this will be the widespread debut of Points of Libration. The album features original members Setrak Bakirel (vocals, guitar) and Eril Tekeli (flute, guitar). » Read more

2020-12-09
Harold Budd RIP – Harold Budd, one of pre-eminent American composers of avant-garde and minimalism, has died of complications from the coronavirus. Budd came to prominence in the 70s, championed by Brian Eno on his Obscure Records label, with music that blended academic minimalism with electric jazz and electronic music. Much of Budd's best known work was done in collaboration with other artists, including Eno, Daniel Lanois, Robin Guthrie, Andy Partridge, John Foxx, Jah Wobble, and many others. » Read more

2020-11-20
25 Views of Worthing Finally Gets Released – A while ago, we wrote about the discovery of a "long lost" Canterbury-style gem by a band called 25 Views of Worthing. And now we're pleased to find out that Wind Waker Records has released their music on an LP. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Hanggai - He Who Travels Far – Since their 2008 debut CD, this band from Inner Mongolia (currently resident in Beijing) has become a world music festival favorite, playing WOMAD, among others. That release blended the earthy sounds...  (2011) » Read more

Kelly David - Broken Voyage – Mixed and enhanced by Steve Roach, mastered by Roger King, with graphic design by Sam Rosenthal, it is a sheer wonder that this doesn’t come across as a Roach clone, weighed down by comparison and...  (2002) » Read more

Dogma - Twin Sunrise – This brand new album by Brazilian band Dogma showcases a wider instrumentation in which Fernando Campos' acoustic guitar brings on many delicate moments, alongside compositions that are making...  (1995) » Read more

Pendragon - Concerto Maximo – Neo-proggers Pendragon seem to have taken a cue from Yes, with five DVDs on the market since 2002. So why another one? For one thing, this commemorates the band’s 30th anniversary, plus it...  (2010) » Read more

Moe! Staiano - The Lateness of Yearly Presentations & Two Forms of Multitudes – Some may be familiar with Moe! (not to be confused with moe.) as the waste percussionist in Sleepytime Gorilla Museum. Readers who find SGM a little too happy-go-lucky and accessible, or those simply...  (2003) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues