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AUTUMN BREEZE

Symphonic Prog • Sweden


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When the term Progressive Rock is in the same phrase with the word Sweden, I always try to search more, because nobody captured the original spirit of Progressive Rock after the pioneers like the Swedish bands.

Sadly finding music and even reliable information about AUTUMN BREEZE is a hard task compared with the most famous bands like Anglagard, Par Lindh Project or the Flower Kings but after a long search I was able to put my hands in "Höstbris" and wasn't disappointed at all.

The band was formed in the late 70's in Sweden by Birgitta Nilsson as the main vocalist, Gert Nilisson in the guitar, Gert Magnusson in the flute, the multi instrumentalist Kenneth Halvarsson who plays bass, clarinet and saxophone, Lennart Olsson in the drums and the excellent Jan-Anders Warnqvist in the keyboards, group of musicians who combined the slow melancholic sound of Camel with the creativity of Genesis adding the excellent voice of Brigitta as the final oneiric touch.

The sound is pleasant and well elaborated but seems as something is missing and of course the lyrics in Swedish didn't helped them to get international recognition. An urban myth that I'm not been able to verify says that they all met when playing in a resort center.

Their only album "Höstbris" was released in 1979 by Örecords without a great commercial success, after this point the history of the band is even harder to find, for our good luck, Tachika Records from Japan released "Hostbris" in CD format, so probably soon will be available in a more commercial label.

For progheads interested in lush and pompous music probably will be a bit slow but for the ones who love melodic and soft Symphonic with brilliant flute interludes and atmospheric guitar, this is your band.

Iván Melgar Morey - Perú

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3.55 | 13 ratings
Höstbris
1979
3.44 | 7 ratings
Demo Tapes
2009
3.95 | 9 ratings
The Autumn Band
2010

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

3.44 | 6 ratings
På Radio 1978
2009

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4.70 | 4 ratings
20:12 - Full Trilogy
2013

AUTUMN BREEZE Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

4.00 | 2 ratings
Glimpses from a Lifetime - 20:12
2011

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 20:12 - Full Trilogy by AUTUMN BREEZE album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2013
4.70 | 4 ratings

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20:12 - Full Trilogy
Autumn Breeze Symphonic Prog

Review by Ivan_Melgar_M
Special Collaborator Symphonic Prog Specialist

5 stars Since the return of AUTUMN BREEZE after the 31 years sabbatical, the band started to work in a three part trilogy called 20:12 (The three tracks have an exact length of 20 minutes 12 seconds), but a few days ago my good friend and keyboardist Jan Warmqvist sent me a compilation CD of 20:12 with the three complete suites plus a 1:06 minutes untitled track (As a fact the photo of the album was scanned from my copy with the dedication signed by Jan, being that it's hard to find an image in the net), so I will proceed to review the whole album.

20:12 is opened by Glimpses from a Lifetime , a track that I already reviewed when Jan sent me the first CD, and about which I won't talk again except to repeat how impressed I was with the new complex and elaborate sound that the band had created, keeping that 70's atmosphere we all love, but adding a new modern edge.

The vocals performed by Ragnar Klevman and the peculiar style of Sara Bergqvist are delightful, while the combination of the talents of multi-instrumentalist Gert Magnusson and pianist Jan Warmqvist provide us of all the Prog we can ask for. But that's not all, the addition of William Bellbrandt in the guitar provides that heavy distorted touch reminiscent of guys like Mick Box from Uriah Heep, creating a wonderful nostalgic feeling on all of us who search for this kind of music since childhood, a sound that usually we can only find buying albums released 3 or 4 decades ago.

But if the opener took me by surprise, Demolition Suite blew all the preconceptions I had about the band. From the first second of the track it was obvious they are imprinting a new energy, a heavy sound plethoric of Mellotron choirs, but also full of changes that take us from Prog Metal to soft passages where the voice of Sara Bergqvist sounds sweetest than ever.

If we add the flutes (in the style of Ian Anderson) and the brilliant drumming, it's obvious we are before a band that didn't felt comfortable recreating past glories, this guys are going for the big prize, sounding even better than in the 70's.

The third track Suite Avis Fenics take us to a new place, now they go with a softer sound that almost breaks the heart, the good thing is that in this case soft is not a synonymous of simplicity, they really give all they have to create an oneiric mysterious atmosphere that falls over the listener as thick mist. But around the eight minute there's a dramatic change to a semi Baroque tune that goes in crescendo and leads us to a breathtaking finale plethoric of organ and Mellotron.

The album ends with an untitled short vocal song, some sort of a joke but very pleasant to listen. When I rated Glimpses from a Lifetime ,gave four stars because it was only a song that didn't allowed me to notice a real evolution in the band, but the 20:12 Full Trilogy is another thing, Here we notice the respect for the icons of Symphonic Prog but also the versatility of a band trying to recover the sound they had three decades ago and going even further, with a new sound that combines the 7'0's and the second decade of the 21st Century, so I will go with 5 solid stars.

A must have for fanatics of classic Symphonic.

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 Glimpses from a Lifetime - 20:12 by AUTUMN BREEZE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2011
4.00 | 2 ratings

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Glimpses from a Lifetime - 20:12
Autumn Breeze Symphonic Prog

Review by Volcanic

4 stars You never know what to expect from old cult bands who made new records, a couple of years ago "Autumn Breeze" The Swedish symphonic rockband from the seventies appeared on the scene for a second time with the CD "The Autumn Band" At parts that was a fantastic album, "Massösen" and "Life is just another day" belongs to the very best of their work, but it was also an album that included many different styles of music, that made the whole affair a bit confusing about which direction they wanted to go!?

The answer is the CD I have in my hand right now, and it's very clear, they wanted to go progressive! This very ambitious work with three long suites start where "Höstbris" left us. The record is named 20:12 (for the length of each suite, but also for the year it was written)and the three keymembers Gert Magnusson, Kenneth Halvarsson and Jan Warnqvist are responsible for one suite each.

The first part is "Glimpses of a Lifetime" written by Gert Magnusson, who seems to be the progressive mind of the three songwriters, as you can hear references and influences from "Pink Floyd" in both the music and the lyrics. As usual the fluteplaying is exceptional, but also the guitar part from "William Bellbrandt" shines like a crazy diamond here.

Second part "Demolition Suite" creeps upon you like a massive pumping machine, or an earthquake that shakes the foundations you stand on, with a hint of"Also Sprach Zarathustra" in some way, but this is also the most heavyrocking part of the trilogy, Kenneth Halvarsson, who probably is the "hardrocker" in the band have created a very fateful, but fresh little rockopera on its own inside the whole context. At the end of " Demolition Suite" a sudden breach of softer music appears, like a natural overture to the third and last suite..

Third Part "Suite Avis Fenics" written by the classic trained keyboardplayer "Jan Warnqvist" is a, mostly instrumental, very symphonic piece that makes me think of the late 70s krautrockbands on the "Sky-label" but also Mike Oldfield, it ends the journey in a rather harmonic way that makes one feel that after the "Demolition" Fenix flies into a more colorful world!

To sum up this trip I would say, Before the Storm, The Storm, and After the Storm! I have been through all moods in 20:12.

Peter Wallgren July 2014

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 Höstbris by AUTUMN BREEZE album cover Studio Album, 1979
3.55 | 13 ratings

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Höstbris
Autumn Breeze Symphonic Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars In 1979 the time had eventually come for Autumn Breeze's only known official album from the 70's.The line-up of the group at the time was Birgitta Nilsson on vocals, Gert Nilsson on guitar, Kenneth Halvarsson on bass, clarinet and sax, Gert Magnusson on flute, Lennart Olsson on drums and student Jan-Anders Warnquist on keyboards.''Hostbris'' was recorded in just a week at the CMC Studio in Autumn Breeze's hometown Arvika and released on the Orecords label.

To my ears this works sounds exactly how an album should sound saying farewell to the Classic Prog era and opening the doors of a more conventional style, marking it as a nice example of late-70's Prog Rock.Basically ''Hostbris'' is much more symphonic than any of Autumn Breeze's previous outakes withot loosing the certain psychedelic depth of the early recordings.It is just a more melodic, tightly structured and more focused work with short tracks, retaining the true spirit of Progressive Rock and leaving the genre's most creative period for an upcoming contemporary age.They sound often like the Swedish CAMEL due to the strong use of flute with a definite Scandinavian taste on vocals and atmosphere but also a fair amount of synths and electrified guitars next to the discreet organ and the scarce Mellotron echoes.They remind me also of some mellow bands from the Teutonic Symphonic Rock scene, a bit of ANTARES, a bit of REBEKKA and even a bit of ANYONE'S DAUGHTER stylings.While all tracks are rather short, the music is very nice with beautiful flute themes and decent keyboard arrangements with changing synths and analog instrumentation, mostly perfomed in a somber mood and offering lots of instrumental room for some symphonic textures.Compatriots ISILDURS BANE could be another good reference point.Nice, melodious soundscapes with downtempo music, occasionally flavored by slightly psychedelic nuances and an overall extremely balanced sound with fine female vocals.The production is unfortunately pretty mediocre.

As the album's fame is constantly rising over the years, no proper CD offering has appeared in the horizon, the only one known being the bootleg Tachika reissue.Pretty good example of late-70's Prog Rock with a strong symphonic/melodic content, which deserves a more fair treatment.Warmly recommended.

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 Demo Tapes by AUTUMN BREEZE album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.44 | 7 ratings

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Demo Tapes
Autumn Breeze Symphonic Prog

Review by bhikkhu
Special Collaborator Symphonic Prog Team

3 stars Well here is my third installment of the "classic" Autumn Breeze trilogy. In my previous reviews I pretty much covered the band itself, so there isn't much more to add here. That actually goes to the biggest problem with this review. I just don't have that much more to say.

"Demo Tapes" is just that, a collection of demos. With two exceptions, different versions of these tracks can be found on "Höstbris" and "På Radio 1978." There is enough variation to make it worth hearing, but it is by no means to be referred to as an original collection.

The performance is somewhere between the other two albums. It is not nearly as refined as "Höstbris," but neither does it have that passionate live performance fire of "På Radio."

If you are interested in Autumn Breeze, try the other two albums first. This would not be the best place to start. Once a fan of the band, "Demo Tapes" would probably be a worthy addition to a collection. It is the completion piece to a set.

For a better picture of the band, check out my other reviews.

H.T. Riekels

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 På Radio 1978 by AUTUMN BREEZE album cover Live, 2009
3.44 | 6 ratings

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På Radio 1978
Autumn Breeze Symphonic Prog

Review by bhikkhu
Special Collaborator Symphonic Prog Team

4 stars For many years Autumn Breeze had been a one-album group. That is no longer the case. The band did not reform but new material was unearthed. Too often this means demos of already released material or outtakes. "På Radio 1978" is actually something quite different. In 1978 the band did a live performance in a radio studio and played nothing from their only studio album, "Höstbris."

I look at this as the other Autumn Breeze album that could have been. There are some tracks that appear on the other new "Demo Tapes" release, but this is the set that easily could have constituted a studio release. That possibility is also discussed during the interview portion of the album. Unfortunately the recording studio and record company were already in financial trouble. Even though CBS was interested in Autumn Breeze, the band was worn out, so they broke up.

This may not be a "proper" recording, but it stands up very well. "På Radio" also has a much different feel than "Höstbris." There is no doubt it's the same band, but there is a heightened energy. Sure, this would be expected with a live performance. However, the material is also a big factor. On "Höstbris" the key was subtlety. Here it is passionate jamming. I am not using that term loosely. They actually adopted more of jam band aesthetic. It is the same instrumentation and blending of styles, but they definitely took the top down and swung it.

What also makes this album different from similar recordings is the structure. The tracks are laid out conceptually. "Overture" is just that. It is an overview of what is to come. The beginning is a bit abrupt, lacking an intro. It was probably cut this way as a lead in to the radio show. The next track is the interview, followed by a tight flow of musical tracks, and ending with the spoken "Epilog."

The music is catchy, compelling, at times spacey, and often flat out rocks. There is less progginess than on "Höstbris," but it is not missed. Whether it's was a jangly jam, as on "Evil Light," or a slow blues/jazz workout, as on "Ta Mig Med," the band was right on point. The sweet spot was found, and all the music comes right from that moment.

Since the interview is in Swedish, I asked Jan Warnqvist for a little help. Most of what was discussed can be found in the bio on the Autumn Breeze site, but he did clue me in a couple of the more interesting items. The band was adamant about expressing the vocals being one instrument amongst all the others. This is evident in Birgitta Nilsson's tendency toward jazz styling. The best comment was concerning Swedish dance music and Punk (remember, this was the late 70's). They said that those genres of music were worse than Swedish Class II beer, in which everything good was extracted. Ha!

Where it took another look for the aforementioned album to reveal its charms, "På Radio 1978" grabbed me right away. In many ways I prefer it. The artful essence of the studio work is very enjoyable, but this seems to be the band up close and personal, having a good time. Since Autumn Breeze never did get back in the studio, this is the second album. Unlike many "lost recording" offerings, it works as well as something that could have been released at that time. Definitely check this album out. It truly is a lost gem.

H.T. Riekels

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 På Radio 1978 by AUTUMN BREEZE album cover Live, 2009
3.44 | 6 ratings

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På Radio 1978
Autumn Breeze Symphonic Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

2 stars Heading to their only official release during the 70's, Autumn Breeze appeared in a radio show in 1978 in a performance, where original singer Leif Forsberg appears to have left the band with Birgitta Nilsson remaining the only member responsible for the vocals.This archival recordings contain alternative versions from three of the ''Demo tapes'' tracks along with unreleased material.It was published by the group in 2009 again on their own My Records.

The sound here is mainly along the lines of Heavy/Psychedelic Rock with lots of flute work and evident symphonic leanings in the soaring keyboard parts.Obviously they wanted to sound quite original, but the bootleg quality of the recordings somewhat buries the good ideas of the group.The music is pretty raw and largely instrumental with extended flute solos in the vein of JETHRO TULL and electric guitar as the leading instrument, offering both melancholic and upbeat tunes in the rhythmic and solo parts.The sound is pretty dated with bluesy influences around and the only thing reminding of the period is the use of synthesizers, which add an atmospheric flavor.KEBNEKAISE and KAIPA vibes are also evident in the folkier and more ethereal moves, although the group avoids any certain melodic content in the sake of heavier and more psychedelic soundscapes.However the combination of electric guitars and synths in some tracks is really attractive and shows a band with a good potential, even if this premature material present a confusing and rather inconvinving sound.

This document shows Autumn Breeze struggling to find a sound of their own, passing through straightforward and more progressive paths at the same time, while the quality of the recordings is pretty mediocre.Recommended to fans of the band and those fond of 70's Psychedelic Rock with a rough edge...2.5 stars.

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 Glimpses from a Lifetime - 20:12 by AUTUMN BREEZE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2011
4.00 | 2 ratings

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Autumn Breeze Symphonic Prog

Review by Ivan_Melgar_M
Special Collaborator Symphonic Prog Specialist

4 stars As I wrote on previous reviews, AUTUM BREEZE is a surprising band, they were active in the 70's with only one release and resurrected in the 21st Century, originally to offer us previously unreleased material but then turning into an active band again, and now we have their second original release, a 20 minutes multi part epic recorded in "Yellow Snow Studio - Stockholm" in 2011, the rebirth of an excellent but obscure band and a second chance for excellent musicians.

Since their previous release "The Autumn Band" it was obvious that the 70's hadn't ended for this guys, playing in a style that older Progheads always miss. The only problem was that the albums were a bit simple for the most demanding fans of the genre, but this has changed, "Glimpses From a Lifetime" is a well elaborate album with radical changes and complex music.

The vocals performed by Ragnar Klevman and the peculiar Sara Bergqvist are delightful, while the combination of the talents of multi-instrumentalist Gert Magnusson and pianist Jan Warmqvist provide us of all the Prog we can ask for. But that not all, the addition of William Bellbrandt in the guitar provides that heavy distorted touch reminiscent of guys like Mick Box from Uriah Heep, creating a wonderful nostalgic feeling on all of us who search for this kind of music since childhood, a sound that usually we can only find buying albums released 3 or 4 decades ago.

The only minor flaw I find is the production, which in my opinion is a bit rough, but I'm here to talk about music, not about technical issues, and the music of AUTUMN BREEZE deserves no less than 4 solid stars.

I just hope the next time they release a full studio album, because this EP has left me with the taste of honey in the lips and asking for more.

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 Demo Tapes by AUTUMN BREEZE album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.44 | 7 ratings

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Autumn Breeze Symphonic Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars Symphonic Rock band Autumn Breeze came in life in Arvika in 1972 by singer Leif Forsberg and guitarist Gert Nilsson, its only consistent member throughout their career.The band had a good live activity during the early period, but it was late-70's when they entered their most prolific era.In 1977/1978 the band recorded a 4-track demo tape and also made a radio broadcast appearance.Some 30 years later these four demo tracks along with demo versions of tracks found on their sole 1979 release was released as ''Demo tapes'' on MyRecords.

The two opening pieces ''Falsk ouverture'' and ''Höstbris'' (the Swedish translation of Autumn Breeze) are early versions from the full-length ''Höstbris'' release,an obscure mix of Symphonic, Psychedelic and Space Rock with CAMEL,KAIPA and ANYONE'S DAUGHTER touches, great guitar work and massive synth layers creating changing climates.''Dialog'' has a strong Scandinavian flavor with spacey flute work dominating a light pounding groove.''Jordnära'' is another demo version of the same track found in the band's debut, stylistically this is more on the Psych/Prog side with a low-tempo mood and Birgitta Nilsson's hypnotic voice on the forefront, before exploding to a SANTANA-flavored Latin/Fusion style after the middle thanks to the guitar of Gert Nilsson.''Secret space agency'' is another track in a Psychedelic Rock style, totally instrumental, with the good flute work of Gert Magnusson shining through and Jan Warnqvist's keyboards setting some more energy later.''Vintern'' is a very harmonic instrumental piece, close to NEUSCHWANSTEIN, excellent combination of flutes, guitars and keyboards in a short but lovely Symphonic Rock affair.''Nr. 646'' is the longest but also the weakest cut in the album.Pretty loose and unstructured for the most of its part,this a dated and rather experimental performance of the band with a jazzy edge and plenty of space for individual improvisations with flutes,saxes and bass in a jamming style.The closing ''Gammal man'' is rather dull and commercial, a mix of Psychedelic/Blues Rock with Funk, not representative of the band's sound.

A pretty nice documentary effort from this Swedish Prog legends as part of the band's reincarnation around the year of this release.Good addition for fans of Progressive Rock with a nice dose of diversity.Warmly recommended despite a couple of weaker tracks.

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 The Autumn Band by AUTUMN BREEZE album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.95 | 9 ratings

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The Autumn Band
Autumn Breeze Symphonic Prog

Review by Ivan_Melgar_M
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4 stars The Rebirth of a Band

Since some months ago, my very good friend Jan Warnqvist (Thank you for the dedicatory in the album pal), has been sending me albums of AUTUMN BREEZE containing excellent old material released at last, but for the first time after three decades the band has released "The Autumn Band" with 100% new material, great news for the followers of this very good but obscure Swedish band (Hey...I'm yet to find a bad Swedish band?).

This time the band doesn't conform with playing one genre or style, they mix Prog atmospheric tracks with Jazzy songs and straight rock material, so the listener never gets bored and the band proves us their versatility.

"The Autumn Band" starts with the excellent "It's Just Another Day", a fantastic Spacey track in the vein of Pink Floyd, with skilled guitar riffs, beautiful flute and Jan creating that dense atmosphere that seems to fall over the listener.

But my biggest impression is the vocal work, Linus Bornloff (who has some range similarities with "David Gilmour") combines his low ranged voice with the sweet tone of "Sara Bergqvist", creating a memorable song.

"Sorrow" is a melancholic and melodic song again with an excellent vocal work, but this time the star is Jan with his piano, the tune is heartbreaking and delicate, something new in the style of the band that I like.

"Love my Baby" is pure Rock & Roll in the style of the late 50's, nothing spectacular, but pleasant to listen, seems like the band members are making a retrospective of the music they were raised with.

"Schon für Schase" is another Space/Psyche oriented song, the intro reminds me a bit of "Shine on You Crazy Diamond", but the similarities are superficial, the atmospheric keyboard and amazing guitar is perfectly supported by that human metronome called "Lennart Olssen" in the drums.

The track is very dramatic with radical changes from aggressive guitar to soft flute, again AUTUMN BREEZE hit the nail in the head.

"Until Finished" is another strange track, it's clear that it's mainstream, but the nice Beatlesque aroma takes us back to the late 60's, again not spectacular, but adds variation to the album, as the next song "Going Down to Africa" some sort of Elvis sings Funk, very entertaining.

I expected that "Rock & Roll Madness" was going to be another mainstream track, but this time the band play Folk Prog with JETHRO TULL overtones, the usually sweet flute is now aggressive and powerful, the choirs are outstanding and again the piano is delightful.

"Fried Eggs" begins as a Rock track, but soon morphs into a jazzy song with very good vocal work, Tullish flute and a guitar that sounds very close to "Brian May's style", this guys keep surprising me with their constant changes, and the next song "Mombassa" enhances this impression, because it starts funky and changes into some Folksy Jazz with contagious percussion.

"Gruba" again combines several styles and genres, I can listen, Rock, Blues,. Funk, Jazz, Ethnic Music, etc...But the biggest surprise is "Massösen", at last a Symphonic track with lush keyboards, killer bass and radical changes, the highest point of the album and a good closer, because "PleaseGetOnTheBus" is just an experimental closing with a mysterious almost "a cappella" section supported by soft piano that lasts only 45 seconds.

After checking the songs comes the harder part. My first priority is to leave clear that this album is not Symphonic and not all the tracks are Prog, it's more an eclectic blend of styles and moods closer to PINK FLOYD and JETHRO TULL than any other band.

But hey, the music is good, and doesn't bore for a second, so if this is the new line that "AUTUMN BREEZE" is going to follow after a three decades sabbatical, I like it and I'm ready to give them four stars.

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 The Autumn Band by AUTUMN BREEZE album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.95 | 9 ratings

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The Autumn Band
Autumn Breeze Symphonic Prog

Review by Volcanic

4 stars Finally it's autumn again after thirty years!

It's a bit of breaking news in the underground circuits that Autumn Breeze is back on track. Over thirty years have passed since their eponymous album "Höstbris" saw the light of day. With that record forever cemented as a landmark of Swedish symphonic rock in the baggage the expectations on the new material are rather high. The most important question is of course, is the spirit of 1979 still here? And can they still deliver good rock music? Don't worry, of course they can! But they also have some new aces up their sleeves on this long, long awaited second album.

I would say that they are shooting in three different directions on this record, "Going down to Africa", "Mombasa" and "Gruba" have the smooth flavour of world music, mixed with latin funk, a winning concept and bands like Stardust International, Tequila and Hot Salsa comes to mind while listening, in these cuts they have definitely left the progressive rock sound of "Höstbris" and moved on to a more up to date world/jazz/funk sound.

Then there are three straight rockers "Until finished", "Fried eggs" and "Love me baby" all of these are more "in your face" than the average Autumn Breeze track, what they lack in originality they take back in energy, and there is a certain hit potential in some of the chorus lines.

The third part of this trinity of styles is the progressive/symphonic numbers "Life is just another day", "Schon Für Schasen", "Sorrow", "Rock´n roll madness" and "Massösen". "Life is just another day" (the first single from the album) is sheer magic, still within the Autumn Breeze formula but with a crystal sharp sound most worthy a 21 century rock band, and the new singer Linus Bornlöf does a fantastic soulful job with the vocals on this epic track. "Rock´n roll madness" is another brilliant piece which makes me think of the Travelling Wilburys song:"Tweeter and the monkeyman", although in a more trippy, organic mood and with the always outstanding flute to the fore. Also the voice of Gert Magnusson has matured in a very cool way, as today he sounds like a Swedish counterpart to Bob Dylan!

The most traditional Autumn Breeze styled tracks are definitely "Schon für Schasen" and "Massösen". I could be wrong but this must be two of the leftovers from the "Höstbris" era, and the interesting fact that Gert Nilsson (their original guitar player) has co- written "Massösen" may give us a clue in what direction the band had planned to go after the "Höstbris" release.This is the peak of the album in many ways and the organ/guitar work is just amazing, almost like Swedish krautrock, no other band has a sound like this!

All in all this release offers positive surprises, straight rockers and progressive anthems for the conservative I honestly hope that Autumn Breeze will reach a wider audience this time around, so we don't have to wait another thirty years for a third album!

Peter Wallgren October 2010

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