... I’d like to tell you my opinion of the Haggard
’s new release “Tales of Ithiria
It’s amazing how Asis Nasseri has created a very characteristic music style. I mean, symphonic bands several times use a “topic” for their albums and this resource is not exclusive of symphonic/operatic bands (you can observe this in some heavy and power Metal
bands too). Haggard
also uses this resource… but I can say ANY band I ever heard sounds like Haggard
, they have a very own and particular style to make symphonic Metal
music and thematic albums. You listen to a Haggard
’s song and can instantly say “Hey, that’s Haggard
” and, even so, each album has its own “feeling” and unique elements. This is it, similar albums but each one with its own “personality”, and that’s not easy to get with all those symphonic bands on market !
A few weeks ago, when album was released I listened to the tracks 2 and 9 of this album at Haggard
’s myspace site...
9th track is a cover of Mecano, a spanish 80′S/90′S pop-rock band with a female vocalist named Ana Torroja (my native language is spanish and I was born on 80’s)... so, when I saw that song was part of the album track list, it really took my attemption !
2 starts with a male voice singing in latin and a soprano voice responding (repeating the verse). When I heared it, it was just like “Wow ! I HAVE to get that album, and soon !!”
Finally, I got Tales of Ithiria
and brought it home to listen to it, slowly and in total calm... And
after the first track (that is a kind of Introduction
to story), I heared complete that second track that trapped me on myspace... and goddamn, it was amazing ! What a soprano voice and what a musical composition !!
After that, I can’t stop to listen to it until last track finished (and I listen to it each time I can).
Nasseri has created an album wich consagrates the Haggard
style : Characteristic but innovating, in wich the “topic” resource achieves its perfection, integrating prosaic narrative with the lyrical elements, resulting in a solid album that, from its begining to its end, tells you a story that doesn’t lose its continuity (even with the allegreto and with the spanish song, that results two little, but well ubicated “inter” before getting you to the next part of the story). It is made in part thanks to tracks 3, 7 and 10, that are ambiented narratives.
4 has a beautiful execution of female and choral voices. Maybe the most beautiful of the album.
6 is very sentimental and a little sad, male singer can really transmits you his feeling !
The album structure is somewhat like this :
Intro, story, inter, story (largest piece), inter, story, and the finale...
The dream ends with track 11, that is not a tipical outro or that kind of big solo finale. It ends with gutural singing and choral voices (6:25 long), and this is a key to achive that continuity I talk about, because actually the story (told in this album) is a memory that belongs to the man mentioned by the story-teller in track 1. The complete album takes you inside the story, and this way of ending reminds you that you are inside a memory of a tale that happened in valley of Ithiria.
What can I say ? Haggard
did it again !
Simply a masterpiece !!
’s why, if you enjoy symphonic/classic/operatic Metal
music, I absolutely recommend you Tales of Ithiria
rules ! m/