Tangle Edge — Eulogy
(DMCD 1029, 1993, CD)
by Peter Thelen, Published 1994-02-01If one doesn't count all the bootlegs of this that have been floating around for the last few years, then it's really not a reissue - as it's never been legitimately available before. This is Tangle Edge's long lost second album, the followup to 1989's In Search of a New Dawn, and shows the band making significant progress, especially in the area of writing. For those unfamiliar with Norway's Tangle Edge, they play something akin to instrumental modern psychedelic raga-rock, with influence from the likes of early Amon Duul II and Third Ear Band. The first album was so authentically early 70's sounding that I couldn't believe it was recorded in the late 80's! The lineup here is pretty much the same as the first: Ronald Nygard on guitars, Sven Hugo Bergvik on flutes and sax, Hasse Horrigmoe on bass and twelve string, and Kjell Oluf Johansen on drums. The major difference is an overall more focused sound, and better developed material that doesn't sound quite so loosely improvised. The 23 minute "Walk of the Frozen Ones" in four parts is offered as the first bit of evidence. The opener recalls early King Crimson where saxes and guitars would carry the same melody line. Later, it moves into the more introspective territory of flutes and floating guitar leads winding around the rhythm. "The Cryptic Empire and the Principal Sanctuary" kicks off the two twelve minute tracks that occupy side two (of the original album. Again - more searing guitar, saxes, flute, and energy. Each of the album's three tracks goes through several metamorphoses - slow and gradual changes that guide the listener through a picture tour of their unique world. Highly recommended.
Related artist(s): Tangle Edge
Wolfgang Dauner RIP – Pianist Wolfgang Dauner, one of the pioneers of both European free jazz and jazz rock, has died at the age of 84. With his own groups and with the United Jazz+Rock Ensemble, his playing and compositions were a prominent presence in European jazz from the mid-60s until just recently. » Read more
Michael Allison RIP – Michael Allison, who since 1997 has been recording as Darshan Ambient, passed away on January 9th after a long and brave battle with cancer. He has been at at the forefront of the new ambient/electronic music scene, with over eighteen releases to his credit. » Read more
Neil Peart RIP – One of rock music's defining drummers has died at the age of 67. Neil Peart's work with Rush provided one of the templates for percussion in rock, and he certainly ranks in the top ten most influential drummers of the 20th Century. Peart retired from playing in 2015 due to health issues, and succumbed to brain cancer on January 7, 2020. » Read more
Joel Vandroogenbroeck RIP – Word has reached us of the death of Joel Vandroogenbroeck, best known as one of the founders of Brainticket, He also recorded electronic music under a variety of names. He was born August 25th, 1938 in Brussels, Belgium and died December 23, 2019 in Arlesheim, Switzerland, aged 81. » Read more