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Ring Van Mobius (The 3rd Majesty)

Crank this to 9.2 of 11

Released: 2020

Genre: Progressive Rock

Sounds Like: Gentle Giant, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Gong

Ring Van Mobius

The Norwegian progressive rock trio, Ring Van Mobius, transform us into the early seventies with some of the most authentic retro-prog sound you will hear. The band’s debut album The 3rd Majesty meticulously clones the epic time period where exotic album covers and elaborate keyboards ruled the land. The four tracks brilliantly weave through mystical landscapes as Helgesen absolutely shines on the organ. The organ clarity and spectacular production make for some very dramatic contrast and build-up. Husas’ complimentary percussion brilliantly wraps the wildly inventive organ melodies. Helgensen’s vocals also exceed expectations as he gives off a Roger Waters like vibe of angst and reflection.

Track Listing;

1. The Seven Movements of the Third Majesty (22:05)

2. Illuminati (5:33)

3. Distant Sphere (11:11)

4. The Mobius Ring (9:00)

Standout Track:

We are not going to deviate from the awe-inspiring 22 minute opener "The Seven Movements of the Third Majesty". With more clarity and melodic vision than a track off Scenes From a Topographical Ocean, this track takes the prize.

Adult Beverage Pairing:

The 3rd Majesty requires something rich with layers. Welcome Nøgne Ø Porter 7% ABV from Norway. Thick porter with a nutty body and clean core. Smooth and complex as fuck.



Song Structure

9.6 out of 11

Hallucination Landscape

9.2 out of 11

Weight of the Heavy

8.8 out of 11

Vocal Performance

8.9 out of 11

Keyboard Accompaniment

10.3 out of 11

Fretwork Prowess

8.9 out of 11

Percussion Prowess

8.9 out of 11

Overall Album Flow

9.1 out of 11


9.2 out of 11

Album Cover Aesthetics

8.5 out of 11

Production Value

9.5 out of 11


Band Members:

Thor Erik Helgesen - Vocals, Hammond organ, Fender Rhodes piano, Mellotron and other keys

Håvard Rasmussen - Baryton bass and effects

Dag Olav Husås - drums, cymbals and percussion

Final Thoughts:

We’ve encountered a few retro prog bands from this region, but none with the authenticity of Ring Van Mobius. This is one very impressive debut and homage to the era. This album will keep you engaged and appreciative of all the intricacies and hard work that went into the making of this.

Follow Ring Van Mobius: Bandcamp / Facebook


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