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Anekdoten - Waking The Dead - Live In Japan 2005  CD (album) cover




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4.51 | 89 ratings

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erik neuteboom
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5 stars

A few months ago I witnessed an Anekdoten gig in Uden (The Netherelands), I was standing in front of the edge of the stage on the left in order to have a perfect look on Anna Sofi Dahlberg playing the Mellotron, what a captivating contrast: her tiny fingers, creating a massive Mellotron sound! In my opinion she often surpasses the best Mellotron-drenched King Crimson moments, what a mindblowing visual and musical experience, goose bumps all the time! That was my second Anekdoten concert, a few years ago I was lucky to see Anekdoten for the first time in my life during their Gravity tour in 2004, this live CD is the Japanese part of that tour.

It's incredible how this Swedish formation turned from a King Crimson cover band into a band with an unique progrock sound, loaded with emotion, tension (between mellow and heavy parts) and dynamics (especially the adventurous rhythm section is an essential part at this point). On Waking The Dead, Live In Japan 2005 you can experience that unique Anekdoten sound in its full splendor: the one moment it sounds heavy and agressive with a thunderous rhythm-section, propulsive guitar riffs and tidal waves of violin-Mellotron (like in Monolith, From Within and Kiss Of Life) or hypnotizing with twanging electric guitar and soaring female-choir-Mellotron (during Hole, the previously unreleased track Moons Of Mars and The Sun Absolute), the other moment you can enjoy slow rhythms with a very compelling atmosphere featuring a melancholical undertone, often embellished with a lush violin-Mellotron sound (Gravity and the previsously unreleased track This Too Will Pass). The final composition Sad Rain (additonal bonustrack on the remastered CD version of their debut album Vemod) is MELLOTRON HEAVEN, strongly evoking King Crimson their most legendary composition The Court Of The Crimson King during the violin-Mellotron- drenched eruptions, goose bumps again! A great end of an exciting, often very compelling concert that can compete with that other awesome live album Official Bootleg Live In Japan.


erik neuteboom | 5/5 |


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