Haggard
And Thou Shalt Trust The Seer


4.5
superb

Review

by manosg USER (37 Reviews)
March 2nd, 2014 | 136 replies


Release Date: 1997 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A highly successful combination of classical music and doom/death metal that results in one of the most atmospheric albums of the 90s.

Haggard is one of those bands that caught my attention from the very first time I read an article about them on Metal Hammer. The reason was the sheer volume of members that comprised the band and the musical instruments that were used by these highly talented individuals. Apart from the usual instruments that any heavy metal band utilizes such as guitar, bass and drums, Haggard make use of various string, brass and wind instruments that we commonly find in classical orchestras. As a result, the band consisted of 16(!) musicians when they recorded their debut album in 1997. However, what caught my eye at the time I read that Metal Hammer article back in the 90s would turn into a pleasant surprise when I listened to this unique band’s debut.

In And Thou Shall Trust…the Seer one can listen to harp, violin, viola, flute, violoncello, oboe, clarinet, crumhorn and harpsichord alongside doomy guitars and soprano vocals in contrast to deep death metal growls. However, the main concern in such cases is how well the band manages to mix the elegant sound of practically a classical orchestra with that of a heavy metal band. In Haggard’s case this is not a problem at all as the band achieves to blend brilliantly the romantic side of classical music with crushing guitar riffs. Moreover, one can find excellent examples of beauty and the beast vocals as two female sopranos combine with the death metal vocals of the band leader Asis Nasseri. What makes this album so special is that both the classical and the heavy metal parts are of the highest quality and thus the contrast that is created between light and darkness throughout this work is magical. On the one hand, one can enjoy piano passages from the romantic or baroque era and on the other, doom metal in the vein of Theatre of Tragedy or Paradise Lost. The atmosphere of the album is definitely gothic and dark with some parts of it being epic. One can also describe the band’s sound as symphonic metal but on this album the sound is much rawer than Therion’s Vovin for example. Moreover the lyrics of the album are centered around stories from middle ages Europe and prophecies by Nostradamus. The result of all the above is a highly atmospheric offering that will most probably appeal to fans of Theatre of Tragedy, My Dying Bride or very early Anathema.

Overall, And Thou Shall Trust…the Seer is a highly interesting album for fans of symphonic metal and those who are into the doom/death sound of the 90s. In addition, it also serves as a brilliant example of a highly successful fusion between classical and heavy metal music. More importantly, the outcome doesn’t sound forced for the majority of the album and is consequently one of the most atmospheric albums that were released during the 90s.



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manosg
March 2nd 2014


6249 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is highly recommended to fans of atmospheric metal and is a highly interesting album overall because of the combination of classical and doom/death.

Full album here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YuAi0_gtOc

As always, your comments are much appreciated.

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menawati
Contributing Reviewer
March 2nd 2014


16056 Comments


sounds interesting mano

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manosg
March 2nd 2014


6249 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Oh definitely. I don't know if you're into atmospheric metal but this is one of the most successful combinations of classical and metal.

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
March 2nd 2014


16056 Comments


I'm jamming it now and cant work out if it's brilliant or fking appalling, enjoying it though that's all that matters.

manosg
March 2nd 2014


6249 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

haha, I feel you. I felt that way the first time I listened to the album. Regardless, I'm glad you're giving it a chance.

YUJOS
March 2nd 2014


940 Comments


Never really dug the album. Nevertheless good review man.

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CalculatingInfinity
March 2nd 2014


1646 Comments


Is this as good as Eppur Si Muove?

manosg
March 2nd 2014


6249 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

@Yujos
Thanks dude!

@CalculatingInfinity
This is more raw than Eppur Si Muove but for me it's as good if not better.

CalculatingInfinity
March 2nd 2014


1646 Comments


@Manosg: Thanks, may listen. I hope it doesn't suffer from the songwriting faults Eppur Si Muove did.

dannyboy89
March 2nd 2014


12023 Comments


Nice review manosg. I've got lots of stuff to jam, but hopefully I might check this out at some point.

manosg
March 2nd 2014


6249 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks man. Whenever you're into an atmospheric metal mood you may want to jam this one. Nice dig too.

deslad
March 2nd 2014


365 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Excellent review manos, great album indeed.

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manosg
March 2nd 2014


6249 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks dude.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
March 2nd 2014


6191 Comments


Good review, pos.

My copy of this album came as a gift with Metal Invader (a Greek hardcopy metal magazine that came out in the '90s). Awesome stuff, got to spin it and rate it some time soon.

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manosg
March 2nd 2014


6249 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

That's pretty awesome man! Still have the first issue of Metal Invader in almost perfect condition somewhere at my parents' house. Lemmy at the front cover!

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
March 2nd 2014


6191 Comments


I have kept the review booklets from Metal Invader, that magazine reviewed far more underground stuff than MH at the time.

manosg
March 2nd 2014


6249 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Indeed. Rating albums by using skulls seemed to me so cool back then, haha!

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
March 2nd 2014


6191 Comments


Metal Invader used to be online for a while, but I can't spot it right now.

Here's a nice article too from one of its former staff reviewers:

http://www.rockyourlife.gr/index.php/blogs/stelios-basbagiannis/item/1792-to-heavy-metal-pethane-kai-den-to-ehei-katalavei.html

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
March 2nd 2014


19911 Comments


Sweet, this sounds interesting. Nice review was always manosg, pos

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RoyalImperialGuard
March 2nd 2014


1323 Comments


Great album/review my dawg.



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