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There are (at least) two bands called Novalis. The first one is the old German rock band, the second one a English band who now goes under the name of Novalis Deux.

Novalis biography
During the mid-seventies, the Hamburg-based band Novalis established themselves as leaders in the field of German-language romantic rock. The quartet called itself Novalis after the most important German poet of early romanticism. They created a rock music of poetic, lyrical with german lyrics and instrumental beauty. Their music, a heavy organ rock, was compared to the sounds of bands such King Crimson and Pink Floyd. They released a few albums of lush, keyboard-dominant prog rock during the seventies. The keyboards created majestic layers on which the guitar builds airy melodies.

Starting with heavily organ-accentued art rock a-la King Crimson (and on their debut, “Banished Bridge”, including English lyrics), Novalis later developped their own unique style, a mixture of progressive, classic, folk and rock. “Banished Bridge” (1973) showed their King Crimson influences… in a dreamy, laid back progressive rock. This 1975 self-titled album was their 2nd album and continues to show their own style take on these influences. “Novalis” (1975) and the classic “Sommerabend” (1976), both are actually much better than the comparatively disappointing fourth album, “Brandung” (1977). They did very well down musically and commercial in the second half of the 70’s.

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  • headgear56

    beautiful, mystic melodies with powerful beats.

    31 Mar 1:25am Reply
  • Fractilion

    First three albums are some of my all time favorite psychedelic/prog rock albums.

    24 Jul 2013 Reply
  • AgentSamFisher

    Amazing band!!! superb underrated !! love their music.

    8 Dec 2012 Reply
  • amelymelo

    l'Iconan a investi last fm et nous gratifie, sur chaque shoutbox psyché ou kraut, de ses remarques dont je n'ai même pas remarqué si elles sont toutes en mode copié/collé ou pas. Ces gens qu'on voit partout sont aussi énervants que ceux qui mettent le même message suivi d'un numéro, ceux qui mettent des messages en russe, ceux qui écrivent "amazing band". Et bien sûr que ceux des Françaises irascibles (mais déjà plus rares).

    6 Oct 2012 Reply
  • Victorhugones

    Amazing band!!!

    25 Jun 2012 Reply
  • iconan

    Krautrock - Music for Your Brain. A spectacular mix, a magical whirlwind of sounds and colors, To go on a journey beyond the meaning of time and space... a pleasure renewed with each listen. -.-.-.-. om hari om .....

    26 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Robert161989

    Wild Horses

    28 Jun 2011 Reply
  • futurolvidado

    Love Sommerabend (2)

    3 May 2011 Reply
  • lucy1379

    ♫♥♫

    24 Apr 2011 Reply
  • Hvnd

    back when there was good music in Germany, im probably born too late...fuck

    11 Feb 2011 Reply
  • iosonoAris

    sehr gut!

    10 Dec 2010 Reply
  • AmonAmarth93

    Richtig geile Band! :)

    28 Jul 2010 Reply
  • PolarisNovalis

    ''Sommerabend'' is amazing.

    27 Jun 2010 Reply
  • MorningSuNN

    Novalis ... ??? what i am listening now is " Paradise ... ? " from NOVALIS DEUX, not Novalis ... :P

    30 Aug 2009 Reply
  • milensinan

    Brandung ..

    10 May 2009 Reply
  • titoskunD

    tsss, bien ajo

    1 May 2009 Reply
  • lordinfamous

    Love Sommerabend

    22 Apr 2009 Reply
  • PeRRoCeLesTiaL

    Joder!!!! Who wrote Novalis`s Biography? Was wrong....!!

    30 Dec 2008 Reply
  • SometimeWorld

    Sommerabend is simply amazing.

    9 Feb 2008 Reply
  • dschr

    Who wrote Novalis in uppercase?

    26 Nov 2007 Reply
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