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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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5 stars Japanese people had a wonderful and unique night, I am sure!

One of the things I will always thank to this site, is that here I've known a lot of bands, some great, some just nice, some not really good, and some of them, like Anekdoten, essential to my ears. Fortunately I managed to listen to this band some years ago when my prog knowledge was limited (is still limited, actually) to the big old bands, so when I discovered them, I felt perplexed and excited, because I was listening to something I've never experienced before. Since then, my love for Anekdoten has increased until now I can say they are one of my top 5 bands ever.

A couple of years ago I found and bought this live CD, which was released in 2005, and recorded the same year from a concert in Japan. Now I can say that it is also one of my favorite live albums, because since the first time I listened to it, I felt caught by their music, their intensity and power, their delicate but strong sound, to the point that I have dreamt that Anekdoten came once more to my country (Mexico). I hope they'll do it soon.

This extraordinary four-piece band have managed to create extraordinary music, with a heavy sound but tempered by their distinctive mellotron. What one can listen in this concert, is just a proof of their grandiose ability to gather both, the music and the audience, in one only body, one only world.

"Waking the Dead: Live in Japan" features eleven songs and a total time of 78 minutes. Nine out of those eleven tracks were taken from their previous albums, but "Moons of Mars" and "This too will pass" were unreleased songs that the Japanese could appreciate first than anybody. What I love from this live show, is that since the very first track they put me on the mood and make me enjoy every single second of their music, it is like a long trip divided in nine stories, which will make me smile and feel happy through those 78 minutes.

Here you can appreciate and enjoy songs like "Hole" or "The Sun Absolute" taken from their "From Within" album, "Ricochet" or "Monolith" off their "Gravity" and the mighty and classic epic entitled "Sad Rain" taken from their debut album "Vemod". The heavy sound they create and the intriguing atmosphere offered, may cause you goosebumps, so be ready to experience one awesome, strong and not weak at all concert from this marvelous Swedish band. Put your headphones on, and "let the music do the talking".

Sometimes words are not enough to express what you feel, but well, this live album is unique and remains as one of my gems, I simply love it. Probably my personal favorite moment is when Hole" sounds, at the middle of the song there is a passage that take me to another time and space, I simply open my senses and feel what the music offers. I highly recommend it to any progressive rock fan. My final grade will be five stars.

Enjoy it!

memowakeman | 5/5 |


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