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Album Review

On Ritual, the band demonstrates their ability to build something original from an influence. A vastly differing set of 11 tracks ranging from simple pieces like the two short instrumental tracks (from which the album takes its title) through some fine four-minute rock songs to the ten-minute epic "Mortal Wings of Sin II." Eriksson's vocals are reminiscent of IQ's Peter Nicholls, but the band's music strikes out well beyond IQ parameters, even making use of the odd jazz inflection.


Formed: 1991

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

The story of Ageness starts in 1983 with the band Scarab, where Tommy Eriksson and Kari Saaristo played together. Scarab made a self-financed debut album in the same year and rapidly split up. Sometimes, they met each other and made some jam sessions and sometimes talked of a reunion. In 1991, they decided to go further than just talk. So Eriksson and Saaristo recruited two friends, Jari Ukkonen and Vesa Auvinen, to form a totally new band called Ageness. The band released their first single in...
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