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Some people know Jens Haugan from
Thule when he hit the drums on the band's debut "Ultima Thule".
This was in the year of the Lord 1987, more specifially in the
spring time. He has been involved in a lot of different stuff,
also some uneven things. But now I personally think he has found
his style. And even if this album, too, reeks of home production,
it's basically to my taste.
I am a fan av Thule and I
have a sense of much of the hard rock that came around 76-77 +...
Jens is a little bit there, he has a little of this late
70s/early 80s rock. But he has now chosen to bring in a little
more heaviness in the mood department and, for that matter, keeps
his promise: he's sneaking a little bit around in the Thule
The disc has been recorded wild,
without restraint and unpolished earlier this year. Jens
declares that the songs are recorded without focus on precision
or a professional production. I can hear that it "smells"
demo, as he also metions himself, but this is not bad, Jens! One
gets a well sounded groove and especially the guitar sound fits
One shouldn't attempt to hide that
there are also some fillers, but the songs that work well are
the majority. Check out The Vision, really cool! Hawkind
anno Xenon Codex shows through...great and classical guitar solo...
The instrumental Northern Nights is beautiful and has a
good feeling. The Drum of the Shaman is a little bit in
the Thule alley. Here you can find a little bit of the conjuring
sound, but it is hold back a little because of stumbling English.
lifts up everything many steps; this is a really great power ballad
with strong vocals. There are many emotions and moods in focus
when Jens makes songs and it is impressing that he does a project
like this all on his own. All instruments and the recordings are
handled by the man himself, on an 8-track recorder :-)
We get a little jazz on the second
and last instrumental track, The Hunting. Here he is probably
playing around and it sounds very improvised, but still professional.
Standing on the Edge (The North
Cape) is another example of Jens being a capable singer/songwriter.
Here he rocks well and leaves vibes of Magnum, type Kingdom
The hymn to the mother land, The
Highlands of Norway, is like The Drum of the Shaman, a little
meditating and more quiet.
Personally, I found many good songs
here; a lot of good hardrock and several tracks/parts that awakened
beautiful pictures in my mind, and Jens, the things you manage,
you manage well. Take away some of the filling stuff and you will
come up with a 100% album next time, guaranteed. Some of the vocals
were a little strained, but it worked well in most cases.
1. VQluspá (1. verse)
2. Ultima Thule
3. The Vision
4. The Vision Man
5. The Long Journey
6. Northern Nights (instr.)
7. The Drum of the Shaman
9. The Witch
10. The Hunting (TD6K) (instr.)
11. Borgny (The Castle)
12. Who's to Blame? (I Came All Alone)
13. Standing on the Edge (The North Cape)
14. The Highlands of Norway
Jens Haugan online...
from Thule (review)
with Thule (in Norwegian only)
Norwegian text by:
Yngve M. Jakobsen