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Clive Nolan: Based on the saga of Beowulf and with a grand and epic sound…..

Clive Nolan - Song Of The Wildlands

The album Songs Of The wildland is based on the saga of Beowulf and spanning the genres of rock, folk, symphonic rock and classical music. The maestro behind the mentioned album is Clive Nolan know from band`s as Shadowland, Arena, Pendragon, Caamora and more do the orchestration, keyboards, and programming.

Clive Nolan is a British musician, composer, and producer who has played a prominent role in the recent development of progressive and symphonic rock. He has been a regular keyboard player in bands such as Pendragon, Arena, Shadowland, Strangers on a Train, and Caamora. He is the lyricist and composer of numerous rock albums and musicals, including the Arena catalog, a monumental rock opera She and two Victorian-inspired Steampunk musicals, Alchemy and King’s Ransom.

Song of the Wildlands is an album with a grand and epic sound.

The final recording was made with the contribution of a vast number of musicians, including 4 soloists: Ryan Morgan (baritone), Christina Booth (Alto), Natalie Barnett (alto) and Gemma Ashley (soprano); rock musicians playing guitars, bass, keyboard, drums; traditional instrumentalists on violin, horn, oboe, keyharp, psalmodikon, lyre and many others.

Finally, a 200-voice choir singing in Anglo-Saxon (Old English), recorded all over the world during the lockdown in spring 2020. The initial idea was to see if such an experiment was even possible, but it soon turned into a huge international project and resulted in a powerful choral sound forming the backbone of the whole album.

The lyrics sung by the choir were translated into Old English by a historical consultant specializing in the culture of medieval England, Christopher Monk.

The album was released by the Norwegian label Crime Records with the collaboration of We Låve Rock Music.

Tracklist:

1. The Story Begins (3:05)

2. There’s A Threat (4:53)

3. Crossing The Ocean (4:28)

4. Beowulf’s Promise (3:23)

5. Grendel Attacks (4:21)

6. Celebration (2:14)

7. The Hag’s Revenge (2:49)

8. Journey (3:17)

9. Underwater Cavern (3:50)

10. Rewards (6:07)

11. Beowulf, The King (4:00)

12. Dragon Fire (4:58)

13. The Warrior Dies (2:42)

14. Funeral Pyre (5:15)

15. The Story Ends (1:38)

Total Time 57:00

Line-up:

Clive Nolan (Shadowland, Arena, Pendragon, Caamora) – Orchestration, keyboards, and programming

Vicki Swan – Nyckelharpa

Mark Westwood (Shadowland, Caamora) – Electric Guitar

Stig Andre Clason – Acoustic Guitar

Arnfinn Isaksen – Bass Guitar

Scott Higham (Pendragon) – Drums

Geir Johansen – Extra Percussion

Birgitte Njå – Lur

Morten Clason – Flute

Ross Andrews – Narrator

Ryan Morgan – Vocals (Beowulf)

Christina Booth (Magenta) – Vocals (Tyra)

Gemma Ashley – Vocals (Solveig)

Natalie Barnett – Vocals (Freja)

Ensemble Anonym – Plainchant

The Wildland Warriors Choir – Choir

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Mitt hovedfokus er musikk som er basert på progressiv tenking. Jeg er på ingen måte ensporet innen musikksmak, i likhet med intensjonen bak prog. Sjangerbegrepet er egentlig temmelig uinteressant annet enn til å gi en pekepinn om hva slags musikk det er snakk om i en anmeldelse. Jeg søker god musikk for å utfordre meg som lytter. God musikk til å trigge mine musikalske smaksløker, og til å sette i gang mine refleksjoner. Da er sjansen stor for at jeg utvikler meg og lærer, noe som bør være drivstoff for et hvert menneske. Fordi det å lære og utvikle seg er noe som tilfører livet en nødvendig porsjon "krydder". Slikt krydderet finner man blant annet i musikk. Ikke overraskende mener jeg at progressiv musikk har den fineste "smaken". På den annen side kan musikk med eller uten progressive elementer være godt nok til hverdags. Til fest derimot holder bare rendyrket prog! Må jo også få med at jeg rimelig kritisk, og jeg mener at det lages mye prog som er i beste fall uinteressant, og faktisk mye som er pinlig dårlig. Heldigvis oppveies dette av ekstremt dyktige aktører som for eksempel: Flower Kings, Mostly Autumn og White Willow, for å nevne noen tilfeldig valgte.
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