quarta-feira, 29 de março de 2017
BLAKULLA Symphonic Prog • Sweden
Blakulla biography (http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=1031)
BLÅKULLA are a mid-70's prog quintet from Gothenburg. Along with ATLAS and KAIPA, they were one of the few Swedish bands that played symphonic rock at the time. They practised their chops doing hard blues à la CREAM and DEEP PURPLE, and their brand of symphonic rock isn't entirely devoid of those early influences.
Their only legacy, an eponymous album released in 1975, is a mixture of roughness and typical Scandinavian melancholy, featuring swirling organs and gutsy guitar numbers as well as slightly folksy acoustic pieces. The guitar play, which varies from aggressive to melodic, is highly reminiscent of Steve HOWE but more fuzzy and distorted; the keyboards are also very YES like but less flamboyant than Rick WAKEMAN's. All vocals are sung in Swedish and most themes (although relatively short except for an epic 10-min. +) are well developed. The original LP goes for $300-$400 on the underground market. Luckily, the 1997 cd version goes for much less and also contains three previously unreleased demos from 1974 that feature the heavier, more blues-oriented material of their early days.
Recommended if you like heavy vintage Swedish prog and don't mind the slightly muddled production.
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From Magal, The Fisherman