Sunday 17 January 2021

Ragnarök - Ragnarök (1976)

The debut album from this Swedish band.

The band was a sextet with a lineup of drums, bass, guitars, flute, saxophone, recorder and piano.

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 got their first two albums and will review them.... starting with this one.

This album is entirely instrumental and performed with mostly acoustic instruments.

The music is a mix of folk rock and symphonic prog. There is some fusion elements here too.

The album is forty minutes long and it is mostly very laid back and does not have many hard rocking pieces. Hardly anyone at all.

The emphasis is on mood and ambience. 

The result is decent enough but nothing more than that. Taking into the account the massive reputation of this album, the music is rather disappointing and nowhere near as good as expected.

3 points



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