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In the early 90s a wave of King Crimson inspired new progrock bands emerged in Scandinavia. One of the first was four piece formation Anekdoten from Sweden and they are still alive and progging, unlike their promising contemporaries Anglagard and Landberk.

Anekdoten their roots are in 1990 when Nicklas Berg (guitar and Mellotron) and Jan Erik Liljestrom (bass and vocals) decide to found a band to make progressive rock music. They name the band King Edward and the musicians start to rehearse, soon accompanied by percussionist Peter Nordin. Their repertoire consists of songs from King Crimson. In 1990 Anna Sofi Dahlberg joins King Edward, this inspires them to intensify their rehearsals, to write own compositions, to rename the band into Anekdoten and to release two demo-tapes under their new name in 1991 and 1992. With the second demo things start to roll for Anekdoten because several Skandinavian progressive rock labels show their attention and invite the band to make a CD on their label. But the band prefers to release their debut album entitled Vemod on their own label in the Spring of 1993. The press hails the obviously KING CRIMSON inspired and Mellotron drenched compositions. A strong point in the music from Anekdoten is the hugh tension between the mellow, often melancholical climates and the dynamic parts delivering ROBERT FRIPP-inspired howling electric guitar, an aggressive and propulsive bass and splendid drumwork.

In 1994 Anekdoten starts a worldwide tour (including Sweden, Norway, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, USA and Canada) with an acclaimed performance on the annual USA progressive rock festival Progfest as their absolute highlight. Some tracks from that treat of a concert are present on the "Nearfest 1994" double live CD and video.

Late 1995 Anekdoten releases their eagerly awaited second album entitled "Nucleus", the band succeeds to sound more original and is on the way to develop an own musical identity.

The next year Anekdoten tours around the same big European countries, but Japan turns out to be by far the most important country in which they've played and impressed a lot (after Sweden). Vemod soon gets re-released, followed by a mini-CD called "Live EP". Three shows the band performed in Japan, in 1997, lead to the release of an important double CD entitled "Official Bootleg - Live in Japan" (including five previously unreleased tracks), on year later. Tours reach, in the same year, the full North American...
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4.00 | 314 ratings
Vemod
1993
3.99 | 307 ratings
Nucleus
1995
4.11 | 320 ratings
From Within
1999
3.79 | 249 ratings
Gravity
2003
3.94 | 312 ratings
A Time Of Day
2007
4.16 | 185 ratings
Until All The Ghosts Are Gone
2015

ANEKDOTEN Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.73 | 26 ratings
Live
1997
4.17 | 57 ratings
Official Bootleg : Live In Japan
1998
4.49 | 73 ratings
Waking The Dead - Live In Japan 2005
2005

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ANEKDOTEN Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.03 | 52 ratings
Chapters
2009

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 Until All The Ghosts Are Gone by ANEKDOTEN album cover Studio Album, 2015
4.16 | 185 ratings

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Until All The Ghosts Are Gone
Anekdoten Heavy Prog

Review by Nightfly
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5 stars Until All The Ghosts Are Gone is the long awaited album from Anekdoten, a wait of eight years since the excellent A Time Of Day. Fortunately it's been worth the wait as it's as good as and sometimes better than most of their back catalogue. Some achievement when you consider the illustrious company it keeps.

It's clearly recognisably Anekdoten with no great leaps in style from the last few albums which is fine by me. The haunting and melancholic melodies, the dynamic rhythm section and of course the ever present Mellotron. There is little in the way of Nucleus style dissonant riffs here but the album is bookended by some particularly powerful moments. Six tracks in total, the middle four to a large extent occupying their mellower and melodic ground though Writing On The Wall does have a powerful guitar driven ending and Get Out Alive packs quite a punch. The opener, Shooting Star and instrumental Our Days Are Numbered show the heavier side of the band, the latter being the nearest we get to the earlier style of the band with some powerfully oppressive and brooding guitar and keyboard work with guest Theo Travis adding some welcome sax flourishes. Shooting Star is perhaps most satisfying of all, the lull of the verse after a particularly bombastic opening being particularly effective before things take off again for an exhilarating instrumental workout with Per Wilberg (ex-Opeth and another guest) adding some strong Hammond playing.

As a whole Until All The Ghosts Are Gone is a stunning achievement, an album that can sit proudly alongside anything in the bands past. Fans who prefer the first two albums may have wished for more along the lines of Our Days Are Numbered but with no weak tracks I can't fault it. I'd be very surprised if this is not in the top ten albums of the year here on PA, so highly regarded is this great band.

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4.16 | 185 ratings

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Until All The Ghosts Are Gone
Anekdoten Heavy Prog

Review by Einwahn

5 stars Eight years after their last, excellent album, this would class as a come-back for some bands. But Anekdoten have never been prolific, and it was previously usual for their cult following to have to wait four years between albums. Their guitarist, vocalist, and driving force Nicklas Barker has been engaged recently in the wonderful side-project My Brother The Wind, and that certainly has been a consolation for the silence from Anekdoten.

But they are back with a vengeance, no question! Probably like many, I was expecting some intrusion of MBTW-like psychedelia in their sound - instead the jaw-dropping opener Shooting Star is replete with influence from Steven Wilson and Opeth; imagine a confluence of Luminol, Raider II and Slither, taken up a gear with a positive energy I did not think Anekdoten possessed. The second track Get Out Alive starts like a familiar middle-period Anekdoten number, but then again takes off like a torrent. Also in this vein is the final track Our Days Are Numbered. These tracks rank among the best this great band have ever produced. Like a few other reviewers, I feel Anekdoten's only weakness is the competent but characterless voice of Nicklas Barker, and I always feel uneasy on first hearing a track that sounds like he will over-vocalise. One or two of the other tracks fell into this category initially, but in every case the music takes over and I really don't have a criticism in the end. The deep concept behind the lyrics I detect to be religious, sometimes euphoric, sometimes despairing and I'm not qualified to judge the overall picture. But this is a masterpiece, no question.

Verdict: recommended to Steven Wilson fans. HIGHLY recommended.

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 Until All The Ghosts Are Gone by ANEKDOTEN album cover Studio Album, 2015
4.16 | 185 ratings

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Until All The Ghosts Are Gone
Anekdoten Heavy Prog

Review by floflo79

4 stars A new album by Anekdoten is always an event in prog circles. So when "Until..." was announced, I was very happy ! But then, I remembered the last album by Anekdoten, which was a little bit disappointing. But finally, Until All The Ghosts Are Gone is a very good surprise. One of the best Anekdoten releases. Great composition, complex, with influences of King Crimson, Pink Floyd or Radiohead. The musicians are awesome ! The best track is clearly Shooting Star, a 10-minutes epic song. A very good release, and one of the best of 2015 obviously, almost as good as the last GY!BE.

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4.16 | 185 ratings

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Until All The Ghosts Are Gone
Anekdoten Heavy Prog

Review by rdtprog
Special Collaborator Heavy Prog Team

3 stars After their first two albums, very much in the style of King Crimson with some heavy Progressive Rock sound, the band has drift away a bit, by bringing down their sound with more peaceful songs on their last albums. The music contain that melancholic feel with long instrumental break and some vocals that are use more in the background of the music. The CD start with the heavy style of their first album with the song "Shooting Star", you can even hear at the end the Opeth influence. But after this song, the band is back with some more peaceful music that still use a good dose of mellotron, flute played at a slow pace. While i can enjoy the overall sound of this music, the songs didn't grab me very much until the last song "Our Days Are Numbered" that show again the influence of their heavy period with some great guitar/bass interplay and a grooving rhythm section in the second part , that after a slow break end the song in a frenetic fashion. So i only enjoy two songs on the album : the first and the last one, the rest is not poor, but lacking of the dynamism i am looking for in the music.

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4.16 | 185 ratings

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Anekdoten Heavy Prog

Review by strange engine

5 stars Wow! I think this is one of the best work ever in the last thirty/forty years!Magnificent compositions in the best melancholic way.Anekdoten returns with a great,complex,structured album in which all the instruments are perfectly blended and the flute of Theo Travis added something special to the songs.For me it's incredible that in 2015 is possible to imagine such a wonderful work.Just the beginning tracks, "Shooting Star",by itself, worth the cost of the album.My only disappointment is that its too short!But this is in the vein of all Anekdoten albums.Sorry for my English(this is my first review here)but i'm so excited for this i consider a real masterpiece.Absolutely five stars!

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 Vemod by ANEKDOTEN album cover Studio Album, 1993
4.00 | 314 ratings

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Vemod
Anekdoten Heavy Prog

Review by petrica

4 stars The first thing that strikes you is the evident Crimson-esque atmosphere. They simply took the King Crimson Red-ish sound and started to play with it. After a decade in the eighties when prog was almost extinct when you hear something like this you could not be other than happy. Together with Anglagard they are responsible for the revival of the dark eclectic progressive phenomenon in the nineties.

Even if the word Vemod meaning in Swedish is sadness there are plenty of moments when aggressiveness is unleashed. Except 'Thoughts in Absence' and 'Longing' which are both around 4 minutes slow songs the other are mixing slow cello/mellotron driven with heavy chaotic parts in a fantastic manner. Lyrics are maintaining and even amplifying the melancholic mood.

My impression after several spins is that we have a solid recording which is one of the few responsible in the nineties with reviving some of the best moments of the seventies. Albums as this one seem to be a strong indicator of how advanced and before of their times were King Crimson in the seventies with their incredible and milestone releases. I'm glad that after efforts like this we are still able to hear as of today so many great bands and albums pushing even further progressive rock limits.

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 Nucleus by ANEKDOTEN album cover Studio Album, 1995
3.99 | 307 ratings

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Nucleus
Anekdoten Heavy Prog

Review by FragileKings
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4 stars It could be said that, more than anyone else, the Scandinavians instigated the prog revival of the 90's. Sure there were prog bands everywhere and prog metal bands had done well for themselves as the subgenre grew during the 80's. However, in Sweden and Norway several new groups formed with the expressed purpose of creating music with the same mindset as the classic groups of the 70's. One band to take a different direction, however, was Anekdoten.

Typically, the Scandinavian prog revival movement focused on symphonic prog and featured classic prog instruments such as Mellotrone and flute. Anekdoten went and took the Mellotrone and added some cello and violin, some gentle chimes and melancholy guitar and juxtaposed the whole deal with some frighteningly harsh and angular dissonant electric guitar and brutishly fuzz-toned bass.

The Wikipedia article on Anekdoten lists them as progressive rock, psychedelic rock, art rock, and early post- rock. I have also read them as being associated with progressive metal. You will certainly find elements from these subgenres throughout much of the album. The opening track, "Nucleus" features a bombast of churning aggression that might remind you of watching your living furniture turning in a room-sized clothes dryer, while "Rubankh" might been the audio equivalent of watching industrial robots attempt to get up and dance.

Several of the songs are over 7 minutes and others over 6, so there's room for the band to exercise all aspects of their repertoire. Look for the wintry depressing sound of "Here", the string and piano shuffle intro to "In Freedom" and the eerily beautiful yet desolate landscape of "Luna Surface" as well as the short but demented- sounding "Raft". "This Far from the Sky" offers more of the continuous shattering dissonant guitar chords against the assault of drums, cymbals, and a growling bass guitar that strikes like the multiple heads of an enraged hydra.

Musically, this is an interesting album; however, I do wonder when I might be in the mood to listen to "Luna Surface". While sitting up to my nostrils in bathwater late with a candle lit one night after a long day? Also, the vocals are not so impressive. Like many prog bands capable of intensely complex and creative music, the vocalist is often the member who warbles the least and not a truly talented singer.

An album for certain moods but not for just any day, "Nucleus" isn't an easy album to rate, somewhere between three and four stars, depending on how I'm feeling. And since I've been enjoying more aggressive music recently, I'll give it four.

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 Nucleus by ANEKDOTEN album cover Studio Album, 1995
3.99 | 307 ratings

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Nucleus
Anekdoten Heavy Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars ''Vemod'' was shockingly good for the underground community of prog fans around early-90's , who waited for years for the ressurection of their beloved music.For Anekdoten this would be translated into a major tour around Europe - they visited Norway, Germany, Switzerland and Italy besides Sweden - and completed a transtlantic journey to the American grounds, highlighted by their performance at Progfest 94'.This gig would be part of both of the CD and Video formats of this festival by Musea Records.Next came the long-awaited second album of the band, recorded at the Studio Largen and released on Virtalevy in 1995 under the title ''Nucleus''.The same album was also released by Musea Records and the Archangel label for the Japanese market.

While using the same formula as on their debut, Anekdoten returned with an even heavier album, featuring some extreme guitar and bass parts, which usually led into an atmospheric lyricism.KING CRIMSON appear to be once more the center of their influences, the lovely and unique combination of complex guitar moves and powerful dissonances with the mellow lyrical parts had become a trademark of the band.''Nucleus'' seems to open a window into Alternative Rock paths at specific moments, the punchy guitar rhythms were a good reason for this change, but they still retained their genuine approach on Progressive Rock, as long as Berg and Dahlberg were handling the Mellotron and the cello respectively.While they sounded very modern, the use of analog keyboards, the KING CRIMNSON-ian atmospheres and the long instrumental parts with the orchestral overtones still showed some tight links to the vintage era.The Mellotron appears as a regular contributor in almost every track, complemented by occasional organ and electric piano washes, and the cello provides an even darker and more haunting taste to Anekdoten's music.The contrast between the sinister and complicated instrumentals and the ethereal, poetic vocals is always charming and the atmosphere at moments seems to enter a more dreamy and optimistic territory.Very good arrangements with impressive mood changes and the correct dose of prog complexity.

Similar to ''Vemod'', albeit a bit heavier, revisiting the old KING CRIMSON principles with a Scandinavian color of their own.Pretty personal style of atmospheric Heavy Prog, strongly recommended to say the least...3.5 stars.

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 Vemod by ANEKDOTEN album cover Studio Album, 1993
4.00 | 314 ratings

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Vemod
Anekdoten Heavy Prog

Review by EMLonergan

3 stars This is another one of those albums that would have been absolutely awesome if it weren't for the vocals!! The instrumentals in this album are awe inspiring and send shivers down any spines. The heavy instrumental segments are the heaviest you can get without actually venturing into Metal, which is quite the achievement. The brooding atmospheric segments are reminiscent of King Crimson's best gentle moments mixed with an extra tinge of terror. Somehow, unfortunately, the vocals manage to ruin it for me. They are incompetent and drag along for way to long, and sounds rather uninspired. That's not to speak for the lyrics, which are pretty decent. If only the vocals were either cut out entirely, this would be an absolute masterpiece!

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 A Time Of Day by ANEKDOTEN album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.94 | 312 ratings

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A Time Of Day
Anekdoten Heavy Prog

Review by EMLonergan

4 stars This album marks a departure from Anekdoten's traditional Red-era King Crimson-esque sound, making it's way into territory traversed by Radiohead and Muse. Despite distancing themselves from progressive territory, Anekdoten manages to develop a new, more mature personality. Instrumentally speaking, this album is far less complex than its predecessors, given the lack of strange time signatures. Emotionally speaking the band has lifted itself away from the deep, dark, suicidal dismay into a more hopeful melancholy, particularly evident in the vocal melodies. Notably, the vocals are immensely better quality than previous Anekdoten releases. The advantages here are the development of a distinct emotional richness, while sacrificing instrumental complexity. This certainly will not appeal to hard head Red-era King Crimson fans, but will certainly appeal to those who enjoy King Crimson's more emotional side such as in 'Book of Saturday'.

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Thanks to Erik Neuteboom for the artist addition.

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