ANGLAGARD is probably the first band of the Nineties to have become a legend of Progressive rock, and to have been considered at the same level as the Seventies giants. And this didn't happen by chance ! It's probably one of the best Swedish bands, and constitutes a dark counterpart to the resolutely optimistic THE FLOWER KINGS. Now mythical, this line-up unfortunately split-up, because the musicians thought they had said everything they had to say musically speaking. Its fast-track career was however built "only" on two incredible albums ("Hybris" in 1993 and "Epilog" the following year) and some memorable tours. We'll just mention two simply huge stage performances at the 1993 and 1994 editions of the most famous modern festival dedicated to this forgotten style, the Los Angeles ProgFest. "Buried Alive" is an album that was issued after the split-up and that consists of the almost complete show there, (About) one hour fifteen minutes of 100% instrumental and breathtaking music ! Let's just say that the audience could feel privileged to witness such a memorable moment... And this shows on the album ! The art of ANGLAGARD can be characterized by a touch of GENESIS-like arpeggios, YES-like virtuosity, some soft flute melodies, a few bits of local folk, sudden Mellotron apparitions and unexpected, violent KING CRIMSON-like moments (Always beautifully controlled and performed). All of this also shows a paradoxically well defined personality mainly due to its quite Scandinavian and immediately recognizable melancholy. Add to this a perfect, not at all show-off musical interpretation that is subservient to the compositional skills and you can get the picture. The compositions themselves develop mostly with instrumental tracks that include sudden but always melodical rhythm changes. If ANGLAGARD had appeared twenty years ago, we could think that they could be equals to the bands that they acknowledge as influences: first KING CRIMSON, but also GENESIS and YES. How strange ! It's then not surprising that those six musicians have now managed to influence a lot of other groups such as their compatriots ANEKDOTEN, LANDBERK, BOOK OF HOURS and SINKADUS (But also DEADWOOD FOREST in the United States of America and NeBeLNeST in France). You should then (Re-)discover the only available live album by ANGLAGARD: it will probably blow up your pre-conceived values about Progressive rock !... This third album was surely the most awaited in today's Progressive rock scene ! Among the numerous grandiose projects delayed ad infinitum, it had to be the most mythical. But what can you expect from the most legendary band of the Nineties, almost twenty years after the release of the milestones "Epilog" and "Hybris" ? The same recipe, reproduced a million times by a devoted Scandinavian School since ? Or quite the opposite, with a total change in the basics, that made its glory in the microcosm ? If we had to rely on the first of the four long compositions of "Viljans Öga" (2012), we'd probably say that the first option has been chosen. Then come here and there the first elements of the vintage ANGLAGARD sound: a typical scandinavian melancholy, genuine keyboards parts, enchanting flute bits, a guitar rough and mellow at the same time... And of course, here comes King Mellotron ! What conclusion has to be made, then ? If you're looking for continuity, this album is a must-have. If, on the other hand, you're searching for a change, this piece of work is designed especially for you. And if your intention is simply to listen to one of the best Progressive rock albums out there, you knocked on the right door !