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Vagh - 2002 Sands Of Time


VAGH - SANDS OF TIME (2002, SLICK CITY SLACKERS PRODUCTIONS)
Robin Vagh - guitars
Jonas Blum - vocals
Tom Rask - keyboards
Jan-Ake Jonsson - bass
Anders Rosell - drums


Background
'The sign of Vagh is defenitely catchy hooks. I love the sound of roaring drums, screaming guitars and slick keyboards all in a mix with a lot of choruses to sing along with.' That's how guitarist Robin Vagh describes his band, and he's right on the money! A recent band according to the bio, coming together nearly two years ago, and doing so in an attempt to give the Swedish media a swift kick up the derierre! However, Vagh are now finding the international media taking an interest.. this site included. Vagh are from Norrk++ping in Sweden, and apart from mainman Robin, the other name of note is lead singer Jonas Blum, who used to sing with Swedish legends Pole Position, and another band called Majestic. 'Sands Of Time' is unique in the sense that it contains cutting guitar that you'd normally find in German bands, but it's covered with some sugar candy coated keyboards. However, it definitely leans to the euro-metal/hard rock side of the house a la Bonfire, though on the tracks where the keyboards dominate, a band like Amun Re come into the fray. In fact Robin's guitarwork has some of the attributes shown in Wolf Hoffman's early playing for Accept.

The Songs
As is the case with the opener 'Tricky', with that cutting rhythm guitar prising open your senses. Grinding it out in a slower mode is 'Book Of Shadows', similar to Austria's Amun Re with it's symphonic keyboards. 'Sands Of Time' the title track is wired for sound, though those vocal chants on the chorus sound a little offputting guys! 'Blue Collar Proud' on the other hand is great, played with Bonfire like precision, while Tom's organ work through the middle is a piece of Ken Hensley era Uriah Heep inspiration. Another stirring example of their sound is best represented on 'Hypnotized', stabbing keyboards, pulsing bass and a magic chorus.. one of the best songs on the album. The female vocal ballad 'Alison' is exquisite, and is sung by an outside source in Noomi Strsgefors. It's AOR in much the same way that the defunct Alyson Avenue were. The tinkling ivories get another workout on 'Sleepwalking', complete with a repeated synth-bass line and a hi-tech arrangement, while the closer 'In The Heat Of The Night' has a strong melodic chorus offsetting a simple verse structure.

In Summary
A solid release which will equally appeal to the harder rocking fraternity as well as the AOR camp. As mentioned before, it leans more towards mainstream metal/hard rock, but there are enough keyboards and smooth moments throughout to keep budding ivory-tinklers happy. Another Swedish outfit worth investigating. Boy, I am gonna have to get up there one day and meet all these bands..

URL: www.vagh.net

Track Listing:
01 Tricky
02 Book Of Shadows
03 Sands Of Time
04 Blue Collar Proud
05 Hypnotized
06 Alison
07 Coldblooded Lover
08 Sleepwalking
09 Born Yesterday
10 In The Heat Of The Night

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