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
The Seventeenth Dream of Dr Sardonicus Festival Tickets Now Available – Fruits de Mer Records and their merry crew of psychedelic explorers are getting set to present the next The Seventeenth Dream of Dr. Sardonicus Festival. The dates are set for August 2-4, 2019 at The Cellar Bar in Cardigan, Wales. They've also announced that the legendary Groundhogs will top the bill. » Read more
Charles O'Meara (C.W. Vrtacek) RIP – A true musical original has left us. Charles O'Meara, who recorded under the name C.W. Vrtacek, was a wild-card musical talent, ranging from complex progressive rock to introspective modern compositions, with stops at many places inbetween. » Read more
Eurock Documentary Seeks Funding – We've been fans and fellow travelers with Archie Patterson and his Eurock project on the journey to discover great music. After many years of promoting and trying to spread the word,a new phase is beginning: a documentary film. Things like this don't just happen, and money does not magically appear to make it happen, so it's up to the fans to get it done. » Read more
Marty Balin RIP – One of the architects of the 60s psychedelic sound of San Francisco has died at the age of 76. Marty Balin was a singer, songwriter, and guitarist who was one of the founders of Jefferson Airplane. After the split of the original Airplane, Balin went on to form the highly successful Jefferson Starship. » Read more