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Akasha — Akasha
(Black Widow BWR 154, 1977/2013, CD)

by Mike McLatchey, Published 1995-11-01

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This is a reissue of one of Norway's classics, the self-titled debut by Akasha. This is definitely one for symphonic freaks and not for the Mellotron-whiners as this album has more 'Tron than a 10-hour Änglagård concert. Amongst the many keys and synths, it's really the emphasis on the swirling Mellotron strings that’s the main feature of this album. Vocalist Sverre Svendsen is a dead ringer for Greg Lake which gives this heavy In the Court of the Crimson King similarities. With absolutely superb mini-Moog melodies and detours into Tangerine Dream territory with weird electronics, this is a wet acid-dripping trek into astral planes. While the production isn't great, if you've heard the original LP you'll be more than pleased at APM's job [on the 1995 reissue - ed.]. Heavily Genesis influenced phrases will probably make the holier-than-thou progressive fan wince, but most of us would consider this essential.


Filed under: Reissues, Issue 8, 2013 releases, 1977 recordings

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