Änglagård

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Änglagård
OriginSweden
GenresProgressive rock
Years active1991–1994, 2002–2003, 2009–present
LabelsAnglagard Records
MembersJohan Brand
Tord Lindman
Anna Holmgren
Jonas Engdegård
Erik Hammarström
Linus Kåse
Past membersThomas Johnson
Mattias Olsson

Änglagård is a Swedish progressive rock band, with influences including King Crimson, Genesis, Gentle Giant, Trettioåriga Kriget, Schicke Führs Fröhling, and Van der Graaf Generator. The band was established in 1991 by Tord Lindman (guitars and vocals) and Johan Högberg (bass guitar), and broke up in 1994. They briefly reformed in 2002-2003, and have been active again since 2009. They combine vintage analog sounds with a modern classical approach to composing and arranging. To date, they have released three studio albums and three live recordings to great acclaim from the progressive rock community.

History[edit]

Hybris, the debut release, and the follow-on instrumental Epilog of 1994, were both voted "album of the year" in polls of progressive rock fans. In 2003 the band briefly reformed (without founding member Lindman), performing new material at several performances, including NEARfest;[1] during this time they débuted the songs that ultimately became "Sorgmantel" and "Längtans klocka" on their third album, though at this point they were untitled. In 2009 Mattias Olsson confirmed that the band had been recording new material on his MySpace blog, though no release date for the new material was announced.[2] In July 2012, Änglagård's third studio album, Viljans Öga, was released.

On October 4, 2012 it was announced on the band's official website that Tord Lindman was back in the band. Also, there were further changes in the line-up with new recruits Erik Hammarström (drums, percussion) and Linus Kåse (keyboards, saxophone). Hammarström is a former member of The Flower Kings. Hammarström and Kåse are also members of Swedish progressive rock band Brighteye Brison. The debut performance with this line-up took place in the venue Bryggarsalen in Stockholm on February 23, 2013. The band continued to tour during the following months. They were the opening act for three nights in a row (March 15—17) with The Crimson ProjeKct at Club Citta' in Kawasaki, Japan. In April, they performed at the Baja Prog festival in Mexico and the Prog-Résiste Convention in Belgium. On July 14, 2013 Änglagård played at Night of the Prog in Loreley, Germany with former Flower Kings member Jaime Salazar temporarily substituting on drums. The other dates currently announced for 2013 are Ino-Rock, Poland (August 31) and Melloboat, Sweden/Latvia (Sept 6).

Members[edit]

Timeline[edit]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Peak positions
SWE
[3]
1992 Hybris
1994 Epilog
2012 Viljans Öga 6

Live albums[edit]

Year Album Peak positions
SWE
[3]
1996 Buried Alive
2014 Prog på Svenska: Live in Japan 33
2017 Änglagård Live: Made in Norway

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Änglagård NEARfest performance, Patriots Theater, Trenton, NJ, June 29, 2003". setlist.fm. Retrieved 2018-02-21.
  2. ^ ""Christmas Time Is Here Again" - blog entry on MySpace". Blogs.myspace.com. 2011-10-19. Retrieved 2011-10-23.
  3. ^ a b "Änglagård discography". swedishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 August 2014.

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