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This are ANEKDOTEN which I really like. They are a great collective from a stylistic point of view. A short summary for this evening not only for the small and enthusiastic japanese audience. Complex or not - they are managing the songs with pressure, power and great safeness. Nearly the whole 'Vemod' studio album and some songs from 'Nucleus' are performed live just as some previously unreleased instrumentals.

Don't be afraid of the title 'Official Bootleg' - the sound quality is excellent. It doesn't matter to know they are using only mellotron samples. Nevertheless it is so melancholic! Dahlberg's cello parts on the other hand cannot hit me. Drummer Peter Nordins shines with great virtuosity and Jan Erik Liljeström plays a punching bass which serves a strong groove.

We have a very mellow start with Karelia where the band first is checking up their instruments. But the song is getting very dramatically furthermore with a great intensity - a wonderful opener! Some other extraordinary songs are: Slow fire, Road to Nowhere as a simple but awesome instrumental jam and immediately followed by Book Of Hours. This a very complex song which begins psychedelic atmospheric and rises by and by with excellent work by Peter Nordins.

Where solitude remain strikes because of a nice jazzy interlude. On Wheel Nicklas Berg seems to manage the mellotron part (against very melancholic) whereas Dahlberg is 'torturing' the cello - great song! Tabatah is never offered on a studio album but also amazing - a very dynamic song with strong guitar licks and a stunning mellotron background. The album ends with Rubankh Part 1&2 a song full of heavy pure dramatic. You need nerves of steel.

4.5 stars for this amazing concert. 'Live in Japan' is a good entrance for neebies - so don't be shy! And there is no need for an ANEKDOTEN studio album if you own this one.

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