Mandalaband IV brings you the legend of the Holy Grail … but not the tradition surrounding Arthur and the Round Table knights. This is the story as handed down to us through the Romano-Spanish tradition of the Sangreal – the true history of the cup used by Christ at the Last Supper. Arriving in Europe with Mary Magdalene and Joseph of Arimathea, over the centuries, it was transformed into the mystical relic known as the Holy Grail. Fourteen epic tracks, many of which are majestic anthems, make this an album worth waiting a little longer for.
The two legendary 1970s albums ‘Mandalaband’ and ‘The Eye of Wendor’ have been completely re-mixed and digitally re-mastered by David Rohl – the mastermind behind Mandalaband and composer-producer-engineer extraordinaire.
The band writers have created majestic themes for this unreservedly symphonic rock album, with touches of Celtic and ambient atmosphere to reflect the ancient-world subject matter. The orchestrations are complex and full of depth, whilst the rhythm patterns are richly textured, drawing from Middle Eastern, African and Celtic cultures. Even so, as you will discover, the tunes are simple, melodic and memorable.
MANDALABAND is the third reincarnation of an extraordinary progressive rock band with a long history. The first and original album 'MANDALABAND' was released by Chrysalis in 1975 and created quite a stir with its bombastic 'Om Mani Padme Hum' - a four-movement work for rock band and choir, the lyrics of which form the basis of the Tibetan national anthem. … Chrysalis then asked David to write and produce a second Mandalaband album, making use of all the singers and fellow musicians he had befriended during his time as engineer and producer during the 70s. The result was 'THE EYE OF WENDOR' - a concept album based on a Tolkienesque fantasy set in a world of warlocks, witches, battling heroes, and a magical gemstone of supernatural power.
BJH produced some of the most enduring music of the 1970’s and 1980’s. Founded in 1967 by John Lees, Woolly Wolstenholme, Les Holroyd & Mel Pritchard, the band recorded a string of classic albums that earned them large successes all over Europe and still command a great following to this day. It was from 1974, once signed to Polydor Records, that they enjoyed their greatest success touching on a variety of styles from Symphonic to Progressive to Melodic Rock - all of which is celebrated in this collection.
Composer Hans Zimmer (Gladiator, Thin Red Line, Batman Begins) successfully fused his signature brand of overwrought but highly effective melodrama to the backbone of director Ron Howard's 2006 movie adaptation of Dan Brown's controversial religious thriller The Da Vinci Code. That film's main theme, "Chevaliers de Sangreal," has been retooled for the 2009 sequel (the book was actually a prequel) Angels & Demons, preserving all of its elegiac atmosphere while bringing in more choral elements, as well as the nimble fingers of Grammy Award-winning violinist Joshua Bell to reflect the story's central character, Vatican City.