This album is actually rather funny. It’s as if a group of relatively talented musicians got together and said, “Hey, let’s record an epic prog album.” So, they went through every classic group in the collection, and threw this together. It’s not exactly bad, but it’s not all that good either. This is as derivative as it gets. There are times when something fresh begins to emerge, but it is soon washed away by a tremendous amount of cheese. The lyrics are especially trite, and sung in a very heavy accent.
The moments that show promise are when they get into a more folkie style. If the whole album had been built around that, something very good may have happened. Unfortunately, we are left with what almost seems like a prog parody. If you find it for a buck or two, it might be worth it for a laugh. Otherwise, don’t waste your time.
They have followed it up in 2009 with “Beacon of light,” and it is getting more favorable reviews. I will have to check it out before I completely write this band off.
Odd Roar Bakken – keyboards, lead & acoustic guitar, mandolin, vocals
Terje Flessen – lead guitars, rhythm guitars, acoustic guitars, bass guitar
Verbjorn Moen – lead & backing vocals