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3.60 | 41 ratings | 6 reviews | 24% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2007

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. I Krigets tid (4:36)
2. Barndom (3:31)
3. Ungdom (4:54)
4. Ungdom II (5:56)
5. Benke (5:39)
6. Lovsång (7:03)
7. Öknen (2:42)
8. S-bahn (3:14)
9. Floden (3:43)
10.Ryttaren (4:58)
11.I början och slutet (3:47)
12. I Krigets tid II (4:10)

Total time: 54:21

Line-up / Musicians

- Stefan Fredin / bass guitar, vocals, rhytm guitar
- Dag Lundquist / drums, backing vocals
- Robert Zima / vocals
- Christer Åkerberg / electric & acoustic guitars
- Mats Lindberg / keyboards
- Olle Thörnvall / lyrics

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TRETTIOÅRIGA KRIGET I Början Och Slutet ratings distribution

(41 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(24%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(49%)
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Review by avestin
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4 stars I am fairly new to this band, and I stumbled upon them for the first time through their Myspace page, where I heard several songs from their 2004 album Elden Av År and got hooked by the sound. I then proceeded to hunt down their earlier albums and managed to get hold of their first two albums which I am still getting to know, so I will not comment much on how similar or different than those, this current release is. I was contacted by Stefan Fredin (bass guitar, rhythm guitar, vocals) about adding this current title to their discography here in PA and he was kind enough to offer to send me this release as a promotional cd for review. I must say, I am glad he did so. If you don't feel like reading on, let me tell you just this - I find this to be a solid, enjoyable and overall very good album.

This is rock that, even though it has that particular 70's rock sound, sounds fresh and well produced. There is a very good flow to the album as most tracks are either a direct continuation of one another or connected in another way so that the music or sound never cease. The album has a clean sound, every instrument is clearly heard (For instance, follow the bass playing in the instrumental tracks). I like the sound of the Swedish language and the vocals (shared between Robert Zima and Stefan Fredin) are pleasant and suit the music (the booklet contains the lyrics in both Swedish and English); I love the lush and fabulous mellotron, and even though the guitar leads and solos are not terribly creative, they are well played, add groove and dynamic rhythm to the songs and overall fit the music. The melodies are beautiful and the songs well crafted, alternating between crunchy and frisky rock lead by the guitar and the atmospheric and more majestic sounding part lead by the mellotron. There is a musical motif in the album, a connecting thread throughout the album that is very distinct in several tracks (I Krigets Tid I, Ryttaren) and this serves as a good cohesive musical "glue" in this ongoing gush of sounds. This is best described as the sound of Trettioåriga Kriget.

I'd like to mention one track in particular; the title track "I Början Och Slutet" ("In The Beginning And The End"), is a superb song: moving (the mellotron adds much to the song) beautiful, powerful and engaging (in terms of sound, vocals and playing). The only thing wrong with it is that it's too short. I feel there's much more to explore in there, but I guess that Stefan Frdein felt he doesn't like to dwell too long or experiment in one particular song and to move on to the next part and "investigate" other musical ideas. And indeed, the next track, the instrumental close up to the album, is another highlight in this most entertaining album. This is not to say those are the only two good songs in the album, not at all. But as I am not going to go over the individual tracks, I'll only say that the various tracks are quite uniform in quality (I already said it's a coherent release, didn't I?).

To sum up: imagine good solid rock, not too complex but with enough variety (in instrumentation and musical ideas) to keep things interesting and captivating and with a good dose of lush mellotron; resulting in a beautiful and diverse sounding album. This album is best appreciated (as are many others) while listened to on headphones at high volume to get the full experience of this melodic journey. Give it your full attention, and the rewarding experience will be yours. I'll be returning to this album for more listens!

Review by Mellotron Storm
4 stars TRETTIOARIGA KRIGET are a Swedish band who've flown under a lot of people's radar unfortunately for years.Their first album came out in 1974 and they made a big splash with their 2004 comeback album "Elden Av Ar". This is the followup to that. I should mention that both ANEKDOTEN and ANGLAGARD list this band as a big influence. And yes they play mellotron, in fact this is their most mellotron laden album yet. I don't think i've ever pronounced their name right yet and I find it kikd of cool that my daughter likes these guys considering she's not the biggest Prog fan around. Andy at Planetmellotron desribes them as mainstream with a progressive edge. He also recommends "unequivocally" the first two albums along with this one and "Elden Av Ar". As do I. This is an interesting album because it doesn't have a lot of outbreaks or dynamics per se. Yet i'm really drawn to their sound here in a big way.

"I Krigets Tid I" opens with mellotron and intricate guitars before kicking in fuller after a minute.This is great ! It blends into "Barndom" where it's pastoral but it starts to build. Reserved vocals before a minute. Mellotron 1 1/2 minutes in.This is a beautiful section. It blends into "Ungdom" where it stays laid back before kicking in with vocals after a minute. It calms back down 4 1/2 minutes in and blends into "Benke" which is the last song of the suite. I like the instrumental intro here then it settles some when the vocals arrive, but then it picks back up quickly. I like this one a lot. "Lovsang" is dark with guitar to start, reserved vocals a minute in. It's building after 3 1/2 minutes then the vocals return after 4 minutes. It settles one more time. "Oknen" is a short mid paced vocal led track. It's kind of catchy too. "S-Bahn" has some nice deep sounds to open as the organ joins in, then vocals before a minute. It lightens some as contrasts continue. Mellotron ends it.

"Floden" features strummed guitar and reserved vocals. It kicks in at 1 1/2 minutes. Love the guitar 2 minutes in. "Ryttaren" is atmospheric with guitar. Drums and vocals before 1 1/2 minutes.The guitar style reminds me of Neil Young. It ends like it began. "I Borjan Och Slutet" is a great tune as the organ floats in the background while the guitar and vocals continue on. Mellotron too. "I Kriget Tid II" opens with guitar and drums.This is excellent. It's fuller before 1 1/2 minutes then fuller again before 3 minutes as the organ joins in. It settles with intricate guitar,bass and mellotron. Nice.

A very solid 4 stars.

Review by Menswear
2 stars What the?...

Oh man, this ain't prog at all (maybe Lovesang is prog after all). It basically a band with soft /classic rock and some mellotron. They could sound like Pink Floyd at moments, but way less spacey. They were there a long time ago, and they still sound like that!

I read somewhere they influenced Anglagard and Anekdoten...still searching for that. It's not bad, there's somewhat something to chew on, if you can digest the Swedish singing. They do know how to put some good keyboard coating around the songs, but to me it's just another band that got under the radar and should stay there.

Curious only.

Latest members reviews

3 stars It's great that these guys still are at it and releasing good progressive rock. Although this album do not reach their two first classic albums but it's still a good album. I consider this album not as good as their last one "Elden av år" but still good. They've kept their original sound wich only ... (read more)

Report this review (#154336) | Posted by Andis | Wednesday, December 5, 2007 | Review Permanlink

4 stars I Början Och Slutet is the eighth studio album released by the influential Swedish band Trettioåriga Kriget (Thirty Years War). It's different from the others, but from the first to the last minute the group's unique identity can be heard: music usually simple but not banal, the musicians are very ... (read more)

Report this review (#134939) | Posted by jobim | Sunday, August 26, 2007 | Review Permanlink

4 stars I Början Och Slutet is Trettioåriga Kriget's second album since they returned to the music industry with "Elden Av År" in 2004. I regard that album as their best ever, so I approached the new one with a little anxiety. The CD starts with the majestic instrumental ("I Krigets Tid"), a track that ... (read more)

Report this review (#133600) | Posted by bigredmachine | Saturday, August 18, 2007 | Review Permanlink

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