Thursday 28 January 2021

Ragnarök - Fjärilar I Magen (1979)

The second album from this Swedish band.

The band was a quintet with a lineup of percussion, drums, glockenspiel, bass, guitars, flute, saxophone, piano and keyboards.

This band, not to be confused with numerous other bands with the same name, released two progressive rock sounding albums and then some pop albums before they split up a couple of years ago. 

Their career had been stuttering from day one and there is several long gaps in their career.

I liked their 1976 self-titled debut album a lot. It is a legendary album, but I did not rate it as such.

Fjalirar In Magen, which means butterflies in the stomach, is also regarded as a classic album.

Clocking in at thirty-six minutes, the album takes us through a Swedish forest filled landscape full of flutes and saxophones.

The music has a mix of symphonic prog and folk music. There is no doubts where the likes of Anglagard and The Flower Kings got their inspirations from. Kaipa was a band in the same scene as Ragnarok too.

But Fjarilar I Magan is entirely instrumental and it has some very good stuff and some not so good stuff. It is an an important album in the scene and a good album in it's own right.

3 points




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