Bart M. : Ring Van Möbius is a band from Norway and with 'Past The Evening Sun' they deliver their debut album. The title track, time-wise, covers the largest part of the record and what is instantly evident is that the band has given a generous allotment to the organ. Very generous. This made it quite uneasy for me to sit down for some easy listening, simply because I find bands that focus mainly on one instrument a tad...well, boring. First impression was not that good.
The music reminds me of Ekseption, with the difference being that that band uses a lot more variety in their instruments. And yet...this music has something that makes you keep on listening to it. I do not know what it is, but it has a large degree of attraction. I know I have said this many times before, but it is also a matter of listening to it over and over again, to get used to the sounds and learn to appreciate the things you may not have heard the first time. And when you do that, Ring Van Möbius starts sounding more and more interesting and the opening track unfolds into a predictable but beautiful adventure, in which the Hammond organ is supported by wind instruments, and bass and drums are used to keep the whole thing together. What is really awesome is the singing; singer Thor understands very well that singing is more than just speaking out loud sentences, and with his voice and intonation he manages to capture the listener's attention and keep it.
'End Of Greatness' is the second (and much shorter) song and this one shows quite clearly that the band is capable of adding more variety to their songs. Instruments besides the organ get their time in the limelight, and this carries through into the third, and final, song: 'Racing The Horizon', and it is this song that convinces me that Ring Van Möbius is serious about and know what it is they are doing. The theatrics that the band uses really makes the music come alive and if anything, it reminds me of a sensual chase from a Dirty Harry movie, but bigger and more epic. If this is the direction the band is taking, I cannot wait for the sequel to 'Past The Evening Sun'.