I have to admit that once I knew their debut album I was not following the band intensively until I found Tales of Itheria which to me is a really wonderful album with no flaw at all musically! Once again, the weird growls work surprisingly good in some parts. This album is so varied that you don't have any time to breathe actually. From a very creative start, the band quickly showed his limits. First, this album came to me just one day after israel attacked Gaza in December, 2008. The blend of power metal and classical music is really nice here.
The mood is so sad. Again, this narration is great and it guides us to the stage where by the time arriving at his farmhouse, he saw his father's lifeless body pinned to the front door by two arrows. I've to give this sacrifice. This album is a fine reconciliation with their great debut. And the most beautiful segment is the subtleties produced by organ sound at minute 4:00 when the lyric says That saved you from the dark. There is no single day since December 28, 2008 that I do not play this album in its entirety. However, the orchestral aspect of the album does not seem to be affected by this circumstance.
Record Man 13 - Darkness On The Face Of The Earth Quality: 256kbps Sample Rate: 44100Hz Size: 62. Otherwise, the guitars definitely need more space on this record that is dominated by classic instruments and all the different vocalists. If you like the exploration of violin combined with great and touchy piano solo, wonderful string arrangements, nice choirs as well as growling vocal, I bet you would love this album! Nonetheless I'd like to emphasize that this is not essential Prog in a general and conventional way but honestly I'm not aware of any other band doing such an unique combination in a better way than Haggard does. It is a smart and outstanding attempt to do what few bands at the moment were doing e. This one sounds as a bad joke really. Let's start with the bad stuff first. Their albums combine some fine classical moments cello, flute, oboe, harp, violin as well as dreamy female vocals with the iron riffs, growling male vocals and raw violence of death metal bands.
What can I say more about this album. This one is no other. But the surprise is no longer the same. It's All in the Movies; The. I suddenly remember haggard and I have this Awaking The Centuries that I have not reviewed yet. Posted Thursday, August 23, 2012 Review 808961 I have not kept up with Haggard's progress since the late 90's when this album was released but I can still remember my surprise when first listening to it.
There are many calm and folk orientated passages that are very important and help this record to not sound overloaded. Since it's a very precious and atmospheric song in his opinion he chose consciously a mostly acoustic arrangement using only clear vocals without any grunts. I can see the band tried very hard to blend nice melody with various components of the music: the string arrangements as well as the growling vocal line that becomes an important part of the music. The lyrics are performed in English, German, Italian, Latin and Spanish and some songs include several of these languages. Some good old Sabbath doom is even featured in this daunting song! Not even in 1993 and not today. It blew me away at first spin because the nuance that this concept album creates is in away similar with what happen in Gaza.
Their first album was rather innovative at least I felt so and mixed unmixable musical genres: from heavy metal to classic. Posted Friday, February 15, 2013 Review 914042 Haggard is more than just a band, it's an ensemble of right now twenty-two musicians that mostly have a classic music background and play instruments such as a harpsichord, a piccolo or a timpani but also more common instruments such as cellos, contrabasses and diverse flutes. Quite a challenge, but very well performed. The quality is pretty abysmal. Second, apart from subjective situation I was experiencing by the time I had this album, this is a true masterpiece as it has successfully combined the heavy stuffs of power metal music, great and killing melodies of every single song as well as bridges between song, and well-crafted composition by merging all classical music string sections into heavy nature of the music, and solid story-line.
Same proportion is reached between aerial even if at times theatrical vocals and growling. And the peak has not finished as it continues with heavy, powerful and wonderful growling section starting with Did you ever wander? The classic instruments as well as the different female and male vocalists in soprano and tenor probably get more space to express themselves than ever before. My Friends Are Gonna Be Strangers — 07-11-00 sampler St. My intention is to make a high appreciation on this brilliant concept album. Originality dropped quite subsequently, I'm afraid. La Terra Santa 4:56 is another great track which starts in sad mood using classical music string section with killing melody followed with deep, heavy and clean male vocal in narration style a bit. Well you can discount my five-stars rating due to my subjective view about this album.
Make The World Go Away - with Ray Price ; For The Good Times - with Ray Price ; Take Me Back To Tulsa - with Merle Haggard ; Silver Wings - with Merle Haggard ; That's The Way Love Goes - with Merle Haggard ;Okie From Muskogee; Pancho And Lefty - with Merle Haggard ; Always On My Mind; Mama Tried - with Merle Haggard ;Ramblin' Fever - with Merle Haggard ; I Gotta Have My Baby Back; Night Life - with Ray Price ;Sing Me Back Home - with Merle Haggard ; Crazy - with Ray Price ; On The Road Again — 03-03-09 Willie Nelson and Friends Capitol 94220 The Best of Merle Haggard: Okie From Muskogee; Mama Tried; Carolyn; The Fightin' Side Of Me; It's Not Love But It's Not Bad ; Workin' Man Blues; If We Make It Through December; Soldier's Last Letter; I'm A Lonesome Fugitive; Everybody's Had The Blues - 07-04-09 sampler Replay? From three out of ten, I'll upgrade it to two stars but no more. So I Recorded Live In New Orleans With. I fully agree with Haggard's own warning to their fans. The string section is just phenomenal. So I Recorded Live In New Orleans With. This is another excellent prog music that blends the heavy side of the music: metal and string arrangements. I like it very much.
It was pretty abysmal in 1993 and it is still abysmal. The combination between classical and metal is beautifully reconstructed on an equal balance. Leona Williams released on Mercury 34-04006 What Am I Gonna Do With The Rest Of My Life? Even if there are some short interludes with less interest, I rate this album with four stars for its originality. But unique doesn't always mean original and the band should definitely ask a better death metal vocalist to help them for the next record. So I Recorded Live In New Orleans With. I believe if you have open minded progressive ears, you must love this song.