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Tangle Edge, Norway


News: 2016 saw the band releasing their first new album in quite some time called Infinity Steps Back, which I need to investigate. In addition, a couple of their older CD-Rs are being refurbished by Auricle. Still in the inferior CD-R format (sigh).


Location: Narvik (waaay up north. Brrrrr)

Overview: Tangle Edge are the premiere space rock group when talking about the renaissance that occurred in the late 1980s. As if frozen in time, literally and figuratively, Tangle Edge brought back the spirit and vigor of the early 70s northern European psychedelic explorers. Some 35 years since their debut cassette, the band continues on in a similar manner. Seemingly in their own world. I have all their (non CD-R) albums up through Serpentary Quarters. Their last two albums have been LP only. In any case, I'll eventually get more reviews up.

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Location: Parma, Emilia-Romagna

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