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Thursday, November 28th 2013
All is quiet in Änglagård land. Well, there is some noise because Linus is trying to tune the Mellotron. And then there is the new live album coming up, the band's second after "Buried Alive", which was released back in 1996. Some band members are positive that the new live record is better than the old one. Some band members are still trying to figure out how to write 3-minute songs. And I better stop writing this update now as it makes less and less sense.
Monday, September 2nd 2013
The last gig of the summer will be this weekend on the Melloboat, which departs from Stockholm on Friday. If you can't make it, you will get the chance to catch a glimpse of the Änglagård live experience in the near future. A live album recorded in Japan this year is currently being produced and will presumably be released through Disk Union.
If you don't want to wait, you might want to take a look at a behind-the-scenes video in Japan filmed by Erik and Linus or indulge in this extensive documentation video of this year's Baja Prog with an excerpt of "Jordrök". Finally, I found the Thieves' Kitchen family tree worth a look.
Thursday, June 20th 2013
From Änglagård's Facebook page: "We want to congratulate our drummer Erik who becomes a father again this summer! He'll be on paternity leave and can not play live for some time. Therefore, we can now proudly present the excellent drummer Jaime Salazar, who is taking over the drumsticks. Welcome to the club Jaime!"
Mr. Salazar has previously played with the Flower Kings, Karmakarnic, Last Tribe, Midnight Sun and Allen/Lande among others. You can see the previous line-up with Erik on drums in this live video of "Sorgmantel" (filmed at the Belgian gig on April 27th):
Monday, March 18th 2013
Änglagård have played their first shows with the new line-up! There are a couple of reviews of the Japanese shows, as well as pictures from Kawasaki and Stockholm online. Meanwhile, Änglagård are now listed on the billing of Ino-Rock in Poland, which will take place on August 31st this year. The band posted a complete song filmed at the Stockholm gig on February 23rd: "Längtans klocka".
Friday, January 11th 2013
The tenth video of the making of Viljans Öga is online: Percussion and Noise. And Mattias considering leaving the band. And huge classical drums! (aka timpani.) As mentioned earlier, all three studio albums have been released in mini LP-sleeves in Japan. They are now available in a box. The band remarked that they will be selling some copies during the upcoming concerts this year.
Monday, December 17th 2012
Änglagård have been confirmed for the Prog-resiste Convention 2013 in Belgium! The event takes place from April 27-28th in Soignies.
Friday, December 14th 2012
The eighth video of the making of Viljans Öga is online: Mellotron and Synthesizers. And once again we get a tastefully edited video, so that by now all chapters basically constitute a full-length film that documents the recording of the album. Very nice!
Monday, November 26th 2012
Änglagård will return to Mexico to play at Baja Prog. The festival takes place from April 3-6th, 2013. Änglagård will play on the second or the third day. Earlier that year, from March 15-17th, the band will open for The Crimson Projekct at Club Citta' in Japan three nights in a row. There will be (or maybe already is) a Japanese Edition (released by Disk Union) of Viljans Öga that comes with English translations of the poems. Here's a first glimpse.
Tuesday, November 20th 2012
Änglagård have been confirmed for next year's edition of the Melloboat, a cruise from Stockholm to Riga (and back again) with some proggy musical entertainment. It's going to take place from September 6-8, 2013. Tickets will be released on December 1st, 2012.
Monday, October 29th 2012
The fifth and probably last video of the making of Viljans Öga is online: Flute
Monday, October 22nd 2012
The October issue of Eclipsed (a German progrock magazine) comes with a CD that contains an edited version of "Ur Vilande". The edit clocks in at 11:15 minutes - the band clearly sold out in favour of a radio compatible format. Seriously, though, the intro has been cut; the edited version fades in just before the drums set in and then runs through until the end. Also, let's celebrate that Viljans Öga is the album of the month in the same magazine. (Backorders of the issue should be possible via the publisher once the month is over.)
Tuesday, October 16th 2012
Big news: Over the past few weeks (months?), Änglagård have put together a new line-up:
Anna Holmgren: Flute, Saxophone
Johan Brand: Bass
Tord Lindman: Guitars, Vocals
Erik Hammarström (Brighteye Brison): Drums, Percussion
Linus Kåse (Brighteye Brison): Keyboards
They are currently rehearsing old material for possible live dates in 2013. There are also some new ideas floating around. Check out AnglagardRecords.com for a new band picture, a sound clip and more details on the recent changes.
Wednesday, July 11th 2012
Anna Holmgren wrote on Facebook that Viljans Öga is now available from Alvarsdotter.com "with a possibility to buy the hand-numbered, signed limited edition of the first printing. Only 199 copies in total. Just click on the extra sum button beneath the album to get this.
There's only a few copies left of this one, and if you can't put it in the shopping cart they are sold out.
For those of you that already ordered the album and want to change to the numbered edition, just go to the webshop and click on the addition-button only. Before tomorrow please! I'll send most of the orders before this weekend."
Wednesday, July 4th 2012
Quick update from the band regarding the availability of Viljans Öga: There are some issues with the CD manufacture process, so the widespread release will be postponed by a few weeks. Meanwhile, the vinyl release is taking shape. The distribution of the LPs will be handled by RecordHeaven.net. There will be the regular double album (each side one song, 45 rpm) as well as a limited edition in clear vinyl with four postcards (the music is the same, though). The regular edition is already available for pre-order on RecordHeaven.net. The limited edition will follow, soon. Quick update from me regarding how to pronounce the names of the new songs: Jonas teaches you Swedish!
Tuesday, July 3rd 2012 Viljans Öga - the first new studio album in 18 years! - was released on June 28th, just in time for NEARfest. (The album is truly amazing!) It will soon be available from Alvarsdotter.com. Some mailorders in the US picked up copies from the band and might have them available already. Please excuse the lack of updates at this historic moment. (First I was in the US and offline, now I've just started a new job and there's still this jetlag lingering on. I'll write a proper update this weekend with pictures, videos and fireworks. Note: Due to the lack of fire guards there won't be any actual fireworks.)
Tuesday, June 19th 2012
Anna Holmgren announced that Viljans Öga "will be available for delivery to the shops and distributors by the first week of July." I do not know whether that includes the vinyl edition. The album will also be available directly from the band via Alvarsdotter.com. In other news, I've added a couple of pictures from Sweden Rock (thanks to Alex for sending them in!) and the fourth Making of video is now online - and it's all about Hammond Organ recordings.
Tuesday, June 5th 2012
Mattias Olsson confirmed that a vinyl edition of Viljans Öga is in the works. ("According to Johan it will be somekind of super extra fantastic cheese-comet with all the trimmings release.") Meanwhile, I added a couple of pictures from Portugal to the site. If anyone takes pictures from the Sweden Rock gig this Friday, feel free to send them to me!
Also, for your information, a couple of mailorder shops are now taking pre-orders for the new album (i.e., BeyondRock.nl and RecordHeaven.net). I do not know whether this is the fastest way to get the CD once it's been released. (I could imagine that the album will be sold at NEARfest upfront - but again, I do not know anything for certain and have no confirmation from the band.)
Friday, May 18th 2012 Please allow me to introduce: Viljans Öga - the new Änglagård album, prospective release in June 2012. It includes four songs (57 minutes):
1. Ur Vilande
4. Längtans Klocka
It's a three fold digipak and comes with a booklet with artwork and poems for every song. I don't know yet how the album will be distributed, but I'm sure time will tell. The same goes for a possible vinyl edition. By the way, "Sorgmantel" is the track formerly known as "New Song #1".
In other news you can now look at some picture of the reunion concert in Stockholm last month. I'll add photos from Portugal, soon.
Friday, April 20th 2012
Two day until the concert at Bryggarsalen... I updated the band history page to reflect the live line-up 2012, which features David Lundberg on keyboard instruments (Mellotron and stuff, you know). David steps in for Thomas Johnson, who is still very much part of the band and recorded keyboards for the upcoming album but simply doesn't have enough spare time to join the live activities. Speaking of the new album, I have no idea what the status is (mixing stage?) and when it will be released (in time for NEARfest in June?). Hopefully I can get an update on the whole thing this weekend. If you're attending the Stockholm concert (or any other Änglagård show for that matter) and take pictures, feel free to send them to me to add to the site.
Wednesday, April 11th 2012
Today is the 10th anniversary of Anglagard.net! I don't have cake to celebrate, but half-priced Easter candy will do just fine. I resurrected the poll - so if you have a moment, feel free to say when you first heard of the band (poll's closed, sorry). And there is a new making of video online for you viewing pleasure: Bass!
Thursday, April 5th 2012
Änglagård will be playing in Stockholm at Bryggarsalen (T-Odenplan) on Sunday, April 22nd 2012. Tickets are now available via Tickster. And for those asking, there should be band t-shirts for sale.
Tuesday, March 27th 2012
Sweden Rock time! Änglagård are confirmed to play at the Sweden Rock Festival this summer! It takes place from June 6th-9th - Änglagård are scheduled for Friday. Great news, I think - this should help to expose the band to a broader audience. PS: Check SwedenRock.com for ticket info, updates etc.
Wednesday, February 8th 2012
The Anglagard Newsletter 2 has just been sent out. It will be the last newsletter, because a) the technical maintainence was quite complicated (i.e., manual) and b) the upcoming album and live shows changed the pace of news (daily updates!), making it difficult to find the right dose of newsletter content and frequency.
Friday, February 3rd 2012 Concert time! The next Änglagård concert will take place in Portugal on April 28th at the Gouveia Art Rock 2012 held at the Teatro-Cine. Tickets are scheduled to go on sale in a couple of weeks.
Sunday, December 4th 2011 Concert time? Well, you decide! German speaking visitors can read the following info directly at http://www.freakshow-in-concert.com - for everyone else, here's the news: The organistor of the Freakshow Festival in Würzburg, Germany, is planning an "on demand" festival with Änglagård as headliner in 2012. There are a couple of potential dates available, i.e., October 20 or 21, or December 1 or 2. More bands will be added once a date has been chosen. A poll regarding the date is online until the middle of December. Next, pre-financing will start. The organisators currently aim at winning 150 people investing 80 Euros. If the total sum required for the production is not achieved, the festival will not take place and the money will be returned. But if it all works out you'll get a chance to see Änglagård live in Europe next year. Please visit www.freakshow-in-concert.com and facebook.com/freakshowfestival-on-demand for further details and the aforementioned poll. Änglagård already played in Würzburg back in 2003 and (if you ask me) it was a fantastic concert! Check out the pictures.
Sunday, October 30th 2011 Concert time! The line-up for next year's NEARfest has been announced. And guess what: Änglagård are scheduled to play there on June 23rd, 2012! According to the organizers, the band will be performaing "a unique set list including a performance of its classic Hybris album in its entirety". The festival will be held at Zoellner Arts Center at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA. Check out NEARfest.com for details such as tickets, accomodation and the complete line-up. In other news, the recordings for a new album continue. Check the Änglagård page on Facebook for status updates and a bunch a new pictures.
Sunday, June 19th 2011
So the band rehearsed and will be starting with drum recordings in August. August 2011, indeed. But wait, there's more: Mattias Olsson wrote on Facebook:
"Ok... so after a couple of months of discussing and a whole lot of talking we have decided that parallel with the recording of a new album Änglagård will be doing some live shows again in 2011 and 2012. There are already discussions about some very interesting gigs but nothing is settled yet but we will inform as soon we have all the details. Best regards, Mattias Olsson"
Wednesday, January 5th 2011
The band will be rehearsing. Tonight! Why? How? In their own words (as posted on Facebook on December 26th, 2010):
"Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all prog fans worldwide!
For all of you who are wondering where Änglagård went ... and what we do today.
Since 2008 Änglagård have been working on a new album and basically, we now have five new songs ready for recording. It now remains to start the rehearsals with the drummer and sync the material together.
Greetings from the deep woods of Sweden
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