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    Quote Originally Posted by Zappathustra View Post
    Check the second album of Norwegian band Ring Van Mobius. A retro classic according to my infallible taste.
    Spinning this all over now I have to say that it's a -very- good retro-progressive effort, sometimes almost uncannily "authentic" in both approach and outcome, and for some goofy reason utterly reminiscent of the little-known record by Italian one-off Triade and their 1998: La Storia di Sabazio from 1973. On the one hand this is safely within quarters, on the other it very obviously tries to state its own - and as opposed to the debut it pretty much succeeds.

    I saw them live here in Oslo at a festival 2 1/2 years ago (before I heard their debut) and they were good, but if they manage to perform this new and more demanding material I'd be thoroughly impressed.



    Sidenote; as with certain other retro-proghead musicians nowadays, like Martin and Lars (drummer/keyboardist) from Wobbler or Per Wiberg (of DeathOrgan, Opeth, Spiritual Beggars etc.) and apparently a couple of the guys from Italian PsychoPraxis, the whole crew of Ring van Möbius were previously active playing in extreme-metal bands. Back in 2018 after hearing them I was rather interested in learning of how this transformation came about, but they didn't really appear to think much of it except for the singer/keysman saying that it was some kind of "natural evolution" on discovering older rock with equal levels of challenge in it. I thought that was an interesting and cool assessment to make, especially when he went on to describe his first encounter with stuff like early Soft Machine. I mean, these guys actually look and talk as though they've been transported from 1971 by the Doctor's TARDIS.
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    How and why do Scandinavian bands seems to be able to do retro prog, since the 90s, without sounding too clone-ish like all those Neo Prog bands?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bytor View Post
    How and why do Scandinavian bands seems to be able to do retro prog, since the 90s, without sounding too clone-ish like all those Neo Prog bands?
    Analog instrumentation, and production that doesn't sound modern.
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