Rating:
9.0
Haggard - Eppur Si Muove
26 April 2004


Disc I [CD]
01. All´inizio è La Morte
02. Menuetto In Fa-Minore
03. Per Aspera Ad Astra
04. Of A Might Divine
05. Gavotta In Si-Minore
06. Herr Mannelig
07. The Observer
08. Eppur Si Muove
09. Largetto / Epilogo Adagio
10. Herr Mannelig [short version]
11. De La Morte Noire [live] [limited edition]
12. Robin's Song [live] [limited edition]


Disc II [limited edition DVD]
01. Requiem
02. In A Pale Moon's Shadow
03. Cantus Firmus
04. De La Morte Noir
05. Lost (Robin)
+ In a Pale Moon's Shadow [video]


Symphonic elements in Metal is nowadays in fashion like never before. Bands like Therion made it largely popular and even way before neoclassical artists such as Ygnwie J. Malmsteen were amazing listeners with a blend of classical elements and Heavy Metal. But the German combo Haggard pushed this form of expression to a newer level with 2002's highly acclaimed "Awakening The Centuries". A full orchestra, a full choir and a very talented Metal base ranging from Heavy to Death Metal brought listeners to their knees. In this context, "Eppur Si Muove" surfaced in early 2004 and totally rocked my world.

A one-piece monument of orchestration and head-banging riffs is the simplest way to sum up what this album has to offer, but it doesn't even come close to describe its content. Real piano, violins, violas, oboes and other flutes make this record an unmatched experience. The wide choir is a revolution in Metal spheres and the grunts and growls of the guitar player/singer add a tremendous dose of power, rage and emotion to the vocal department. Alternating pure classical pieces and epic blends of aforementioned styles, "Eppur Si Muove" is one of the best albums ever written. Every single listener would find his own favorite song here as they all produce a different effect. The duo composed by operatic singer Florian and growling singer Asis really expresses more than could be written about it while guitar riffs are astoundingly commanding.

Not only is their music classical, it also carries a great deal of folkish aspects, medieval folk would be a better term in Haggard's case. 'Of A Might Divine' is the perfect example, with a imposing force that drives the melody from A to Z and let you totally speechless. 'Herr Mannelig' is another deep moment on the album with the purest voices I've ever heard and that male bass voice that makes you want to sing along although you know you cannot do it. It's a slow-paced piece but the guitars are so heavy that it's one of the catchiest song on the CD. 'The Observer' is another "epic picture", one can see visions unfold while listening to this one. Better than any movie one could see! The title track is one crazy composition, featuring splendid soprano female vocals on the chorus, but overall a terrific journey from which you'll never return. Once grabbed, there is no turning back.

All these tracks are pure art and no doubt that Haggard is going to be around for a long time, at least let's hope so. The distinctiveness of their brilliant music is too much to be overlooked. So, forget all you've worshipped before, Haggard is almost certainly the only thing you'll want to hear afterwards. "Eppur si Muove" is one of 2004's must-listens, and if you still feel like avoiding it, know that it should be considered a crime.


Band profile: Haggard
Album: Eppur Si Muove


 


written by Demonic Tutor | 14.12.2004



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The Alchemist - 15.11.2006 at 19:08  
Great review
Eppur Si Muove is a great album indeed, now I appreciate it more than before, the instrumental songs are beautiful and many of the songs are really powerful, like "Per Aspera Ad Astra"

Imo, you can hear this album and suddenly love it, or hear it many times to get into it
Bas - 15.11.2006 at 20:10  
indeed great review, i agree with everything you wrote

their new album is out soon, looking forwards to it a lot
Dethroned - 31.12.2006 at 23:49  
I Totally Agree with The Alchemist all The way man ...Eppur Si Muove !! Haggad Delivers Nothing But The Goods
Bitch Boy - 01.01.2007 at 02:39  
This is a real masterpiece, maybe not Haggard's best, but with great quality. Excellent review
Sith Lord - 04.01.2007 at 09:53  
Just a Great cd and yes it is a Masterpice Haggard All the way !
Nyarlatothep - 04.01.2007 at 21:57  
What? ONLY a 9:-D

Bloody ace album, and as i suprisingly has discovered, a killer with the ladies:-)
haggardmaniac - 23.01.2007 at 00:22  
it's a great CD!!..... I think is 10

all glory for HAGGARD!!!!
Stalker - 18.10.2007 at 23:06  
Good review, and awesome album!!
I cant wait till 'Tales Of Ithiria' are released.... I cannot imagine Haggard doing anything thats not excellent.... Assis is genious!
Sulfur - 25.04.2008 at 02:33  
Great review, i like this album , when i listen Haggard for first time, it was in 2006 with this album, and still i love it!!!:banger:
bayern - 05.03.2009 at 13:54  
Haggard is my favourite band and this is my favourite album of them and my all time favourite album.
All the songs are wanderfull.
Uirapuru - 16.04.2010 at 17:10  
These death metal growls are still a major issue to me. I fucking hate them, without these this album would be perfect.. since the symphonic moments are simply stunning.

No one has mentioned the kick-ass cover art. One of the best ever. Galileu ftw! o/
Aetherius - 11.08.2010 at 09:38  
I got this album today and also 'And Thou Shalt Trust... The Seer' same day. I love this one even more and glad i have discovered this band. I am looking forward to when i can get the other albums prior and after these ^^ . all of this music is perfect and works very well together and I love all aspects of it!!

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