BLÅKULLA - BLÅKULLA (SWEDEN'75)
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Great hard-edged symphonic progrock
The music is hard symphonic/progressive rock that stands out in competition with other early Scandinavian albums. The lyrics are written by Gustav Fröding and like the music they are of a high quality. The guitarist Mats Öhberg are especially worth mentioning.Along with Atlas and Kaipa, Blåkulla were one of the few Swedish bands that played symphonic rock in the 1970's. On their only album release this five-piece band shows strong influence of early Yes, especially the guitarist who often sounds quite a bit like Steve Howe, only with more distortion. Keyboards are mostly organ and bass and the singer doesn’t try to sound like Jon Anderson, so they are not a clone-band. Their songs are split between short, slightly folky ditties dominated by acoustic guitar and longer, more rocking tunes with a fair amount of instrumental work.
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