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HB3: Ragnarok

HB3's new album Ragnarok is the third in a trilogy starting with Magic Circles (2011) followed by Poseidon: Fantasia for Piccolo Bass (2012).

So, just what is Ragnarok? In Norse mythology it means the end of the cosmos. Long cold winters, fire and devastation, the awakening of the dead, stars disappearing and the end of the sun. Not a good thing at all. Out of the ashes a new world will arise which will be a vast improvement to the least. That's the concept, what about the music?

If the concept sounds a tad cliché (really, what prog concept isn't these days) I am happy to say the music does not. Being an instrumental album probably helps in this case.

Check out the spacey prog of "Nightwind", his psychedelic fuzzy tone in "The Remnant", some sweet arpeggios in the solo bass tune "Ragnerian" and the heavy title track with an addictive bass line and crashing rhythms heightening the drama. My only problem is the lack of real drums as the drum machine lacks the necessary power in some of these songs.

Aside from that minor glitch, Ragnarok is an enjoyable instrumental album that should appeal to fans of progressive and/or space related music.

Track Listing:
1. Machines of the Sky (7:04)
2. Ragnarok (4:37)
3. Three Hearts and Three Lions (5:25)
4. Ragnerian (3:38)
5. Nightwind (4:04)
6. A Passage to Arms (4:37)
7. Level (3:42)
8. The Remnant (7:07)

Added: September 29th 2013
Reviewer: Jon Neudorf
Related Link: Artist's Official Site
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Language: english

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