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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Haggard's Best Album, IMO Sept. 29 2008
By Deron Baker - Published on
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Haggard is certainly one of the more interesting bands out there, especially considering the usual stuff that is sold here in the U.S. We don't see too much of this metal/symphony type of mixed music in the states.

If you are not familiar with Haggard, check out the audio clips of Tales of Ithiria or some of their other albums to get a feel for what I am talking about. It may be a bit different than what you are used to. The band is sort of a spin-off of the "Black Metal" genre. Their sound can best be described as a mixture of metal, opera, symphony, and German folk music. Haggard has always leaned more towards the opera/symphony/folk aspects, with metal only playing a minor role. Hence, fans who are only interested in hard metal (death metal, black metal) may find Haggard too mellow for them. However, for those willing to be open-minded, you will find quite an impressive sound.

I have Haggard's two previous albums, Awaking the Centuries and Eppur Si Muove, both concept albums about Nostradamus and Galileo, respectively. Haggard continues their traditional sound and approach with this album, albeit the concept of this album is purely fictional. However, Tales of Ithiria is their best-produced album to date. I can say, most assuredly, that the song-writing has gotten significantly more complex than the previous albums. The songs are more layered and "whole" in nature, as opposed to some of Haggard's previous songs where it felt more like metal just playing as a background rhythm to the symphonic fore-front. In other words, the different genres are blended more seamlessly in Tales of Ithiria than in previous albums. The songs are even more "epic" and grandiose in their sound than in previous albums. There is also a lot more harmony from the singers, and the sopranos are more in-tune than previous albums. The sound is very clean and refined, resulting in a very accomplished album. Fans of the previous albums should not be disappointed.
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Pretty Darn Good March 15 2009
By Peter Graf - Published on
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This was my first Haggard Album, and I found it to be quite good although not exceptional. It is a welcome addition to my library. Some music simply gets on my nerves, and this music does not at all despite the constant growls, which I typically do not like in large doses. However, somehow this group make the growls work here a bit more for me than they typically would. The production and arrangements are really quite good, and the soprano vocals were very pleasant to my ears. The story lines are quite complex and certainly required a lot of imagination and hard work. Additionally, some of the songs are written well enough that they stay with you, or at least you want them to.

Therefore, for my purposes I will give this album 4 to 4-1/2 stars. Good job, Haggard. I hope the next one is even better, and if it is, you can count on this customer to queue up and purchase that CD as well.
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Haggard is great Jan. 4 2013
By Robert M. Cox - Published on
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This is one of my favorite albums. I already owned it but bought it on Amazon to get it on my phone. The symphonies + singers are amazing.
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Haggard is a very unique group that manages to mix classical music and metal better than any other group I've encountered. March 9 2014
By My wife won't let me pick a name. - Published on
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Don't get me wrong - I adore just about anything Luca Turilli has done. Epica, Nightwish, and dozens of other symphonic metal bands also have multiple albums in my symphonic metal collection, but Haggard manages to incorporate the symphonic elements of symphonic metal better and more consistently than any other group. The story, if that matters to you, is interesting and I was happy to see them go with a fantasy theme for this one, rather than historic. But even if the story had sucked, the music would have made up for it. Songs like Moonlight, which have vocals reminiscent of the Queen of Night Aria from Mozart's The Magic Flute, have made a permanent place for themselves on my list of favorite songs.
Great CD for those that liked the first 2 releases. Dec 9 2012
By Thane E. Ahrens - Published on
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If you liked And Thou Shalt Trust... The Seer and especially Awakening The Centuries, you will no doubt enjoy this one. I didn't care for the one before this too much, Eppur Si Muove. So if you agree with my thoughts on those, then give this a try.

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