Blakagir – Nostalgia

up_081505_blakagirFrom the prolific mind of the man behind the amazing Hellveto (see the review further south in this update) comes the neoclassical side project, Blakagir. Imagine all the metal elements stripped away from Hellveto to arrive at a close description of this excellent and moving CD. The Summoning side of the mans influence truly shines forth on these epic war marches, where enthralling synth lines and the drums of war sing out the promise of a sure victory. From mighty compositions, to more somber moments where it seems the battle could be lost, Blakagir sculpts a beautiful and at times ghastly sound canvas that demands the listeners mind to wander into the dark past… To live how the warriors lived. To feel how the simplest duties that we all now take for granted, were such an effort. The olden times certainly tested the strength and conviction of mankind and this album feels like a majestic tribute to these lives long lost. Classical segments of music, where string sounds and more of a horn based synth tones sculpt mighty progressions so that when the reverb soaked and militaristic timpani drums kick in, the pulse of power wil make the hair on the back of your neck stand up. Minimal vocal lines offer a human dimension, but the brunt of “Nostalgia” is instrumental. The lack of vocals aren’t even a factor as all of this material is swimming in a power and obvious pride. I will admit that I’m no expert when it comes to this musical genre, but out of the handful of neoclassical CDs I have heard, “Nostalgia” has struck me as one of the most engaging and inspired bodies of work to have graced my ears. Blakagir has been a welcomed escape from my reality. – Marty

~ by martyworm on January 3, 2009.

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