Awaking the Centuries
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Released a decade ago in German and already in many people's books as one of the best metal albums of the new millenium, Haggard's Awaking the Centuries is a massive achievement in metal. Frontman Asis Nasseri and his team managed to enlist the New Moscow
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The music is also very well done, with the jaunty nine-minute title track being a principal highlight. The "classical" parts come off as genuine, with a melange of real strings, woodwinds, and piano (and a french horn), unlike some classical-metal fusion bands who use mostly synthesizers (*cough* Rhapsody *cough*). The music sounds highly "organic" as a result. If you enjoyed Therion's latest album, especially instrumental tracks like "Flight of the Lord of Lies," you should check out Haggard immediately. The only possible complaint is that the ponderous metal guitar riffs aren't particularly inspiring, but I think they are there mostly to set a "heavy" background, in the way that a bass guitar is typically intended to do.
The arrangements successfully combine classical instruments (real ones!)with modern guitars and drums. Some pieces are light and dreamy and then explode with quite powerful guitar riffs. The grunts are not as pronounced as Tristania (for example) and the female background vocals add a nice finishing touch. This album style contains elements from Tristania, ToT but also from Rondo Veneziano and Lacrimosa (although with a lot more punch...). Although I really love this album (except track 2,what is it doing there?), I gave it only 4 stars because it is way too short (37 1/2 min) for such a steep price. You start to really enjoy the music and the CD is already over...
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I give it 2 stars because the music and arrangements are above-average for the genre (Euro-Metal?). However, the individuals behind The Haggard don't actually play the instruments! Read morePublished on March 5 2004
Is a master price is a OPERA PRIMA, the sound of Haggard is brutal, is dark, is gotic, is BLACK but is melodic, symphonic and very very conceptual, this is one of the best CD I... Read morePublished on Sept. 5 2000 by Alberto Diaz Zuccarini