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REVIEW: Haggard - Eppur Si Muove Drakkar Classic, 2004
Haggard - Eppur Si Muove - cover art This is certainly one of the most anticipated metal releases of 2004. The German orchestra Haggard began as a rather traditional death metal band in 1991 but today they consist of no less than 20 (!) members who play everything from crumhorn and cello to harp and piano. Needless to say it's a bit difficult recording and writing new music when so many steady members are involved in the process. That's probably the reason why we have had to wait almost four years for the follow-up to the amazing "Awaken The Centuries" which was released in the year 2000. That album was a milestone in the band's career and one of the most unique metal releases ever. With this album the band continues to explore the boundaries of classical music, opera and death metal and the lyrical concept is once again one of historical nature as it is centered around the Italian philosopher and mathematician Galileo Galilei. Galilei challenged the Roman-Catholic Church, claiming that the Earth rotates around the sun and not the other way round. As God always ruled over science back in the 16th century he was sentenced by the Church for his blasphemy. This is really an interesting subject, not because of the specific case of Galilei vs. the Church but the general common opinions of people in different times. Most who live today would probably call these people ignorant, strange and stupid but is that correct? This was only 500 years ago and the human brain has not evolved much to this day. We have a lot more knowledge today because of certain inventions which have made an exponential growth of scientific research possible but we are not much more intelligent than or very different from what we were in the 15th century. Modern day man is indeed capable of the same cruelty and irrational behavior as proven many times before. There are those who are different, who rise above the rest, but they are a minority and often ignored. This is the root of misanthropy and unfortunately the misanthroper is often correct in his or her observations of humanity. Enough said about this and back to this album. While "Awaken The Centuries" was brilliant this album will stay at a modest very well done. The songs are not quite as strong as they were on the previous studio album even though the gap is not very wide. "Eppur Si Muove" is not as well held together but that doesn't have to be a bad thing. I was mighty impressed with Haggard's version of "Herr Mannelig" which is by far the best version I've heard of that old traditional. The linguist will be happy with this album as the lyrics are written in four different languages - German, Latin, English and Italian. This is an ambitious project indeed but a certain level of playfulness is always on display. Not quite as strong as "Awaken The Centuries" but there is only very little missing. If classical music, death metal and operatic vocals sounds like something for you then check out Haggard if you haven't already.

written by Vincent Eldefors

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1. All ěnizio č La Morte
2. Menuetto In Fa-Minore
3. Per Aspera Ad Astra
4. Of A Might Divine
5. Gavotta In Si-Minore
6. Herr Mannelig
7. The Observer
8. Eppur Si Muove
9. Larghetto / Epilogo Adagio
10. Herr Mannelig (Short Version)

Playing time: 55.20

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