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Eclectic Prog • Sweden


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Swedish group KLOTET were formed in 2004 in Uppsala. In 2005, Milvesofia Rydahl (organ, synthesizer, el. piano) and David Hallberg (bass) joined the band with it's original members, Påhl Sundström on guitar and Mikael Styrke on drums and percussion.

They released their debut 'En Rak Höger' in 2008 (before debut they released self-titled demo album). The sound they're nurturing is classical Swedish prog, varying from Bo Hansson to Anglagard, as well as big prog names, from ELP to KING CRIMSON. If that sounds like one of the 1000's band descriptions which won't help you picture artist's sound not even a little bit, it should be mentioned they're often winding into peculiar directions from various Art Rock aspects do doom metal, most of the time being frantic and complex, with electric piano in a role of a prominent instrument.

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3.82 | 11 ratings
En Rak Höger
2008
3.38 | 7 ratings
Det Har Aldrig Hänt Och Kommer Aldrig Hända Igen
2010
0.00 | 0 ratings
Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Uppsala
2013

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 Det Har Aldrig Hänt Och Kommer Aldrig Hända Igen by KLOTET album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.38 | 7 ratings

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Det Har Aldrig Hänt Och Kommer Aldrig Hända Igen
Klotet Eclectic Prog

Review by Sean Trane
Special Collaborator Prog Folk

3 stars 3.5 stars really!!

Second album (I believe) from this high-energy Swedish quartet (from Uppsalla), one that relies on relatively short instrumental pieces that range from (inspiration-wise) Samla Manna to standardier symphonic prog that can remind passages of Anglagard. Graced with a sinister decaying piglet & black crow artwork (courtesy of their guitarist and drummer), the guitar-keyboard duo fronting the band has to keep up with the consistently excellent rhythm section, even if sometimes they reach (relatively-speaking) Ramones-like simplicity (the opening of the second track, for ex), and the general feel is too high-powered to be able to sound really retro-prog.

Although it opens on some French-speaking movie-like intro (I suppose to pay homage to their distributing label Musea), the quartet starts out at 100 MPH and finishes the album at around 150 MPH, without ever letting and ignoring all the red traffic lights (if you'll except the blank spaces between the tracks), and they'll quickly intoxicate you well beyond your own drunk-driving tolerance. All four musicians are extremely gifted at their respective spot, but I tend to find the drummer a tad too binary (this is deceptively so), but the sheer repetition of high-speed tunes can get a bit tedious after the first few listens. If the delightful Milve-Sofia alternates between Rhodes (not enough, IMHO), organ and synths, it is unfortunately not enough to make a different or distinct soundscape for the 12 tracks. Thankfully, the album is relatively short, so the whole thing remains a pleasant affair that you won't get bored or annoyed. Not that you would anyway.

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3.38 | 7 ratings

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Klotet Eclectic Prog

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars The Swedish quartet KLOTET was formed in 2004, and honed its craft for the next four years, when it landed a record deal with the French label Musea Records, which subsequently issued its initial effort "En Rak Hoger". Two years later a second production is ready to be released. This time the creation is named "Det Har Aldrig Hant Och Kommer Aldrig Handa Igen" and was issued in the spring of 2010.

Punk and progressive rock have for many been mutually exclusive styles, and rock journalists in particular have tried to alienate these genres as much as possible. Many avant-garde outfits did draw inspiration from punk and New Wave. though, and Swedish band Klotet does the same, in this case utilizing that inspiration to craft songs drawing from the 70's art rock palette and blending them quite nicely with the aggression of the late 70's musical rebels. Those who find themselves intrigued by that description better pay this band's homepage a visit, as there's a progressive art-punk band there eagerly awaiting your attention.

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3.38 | 7 ratings

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Klotet Eclectic Prog

Review by Rune2000
Special Collaborator Prog Metal Team

3 stars This is the second album by the promising young quartet from Uppsala, prog(g) capital of (the world) Sweden!

This album is almost 15 minutes shorter than their debut release with a playtime of about 34 minutes, not counting the bonus track. According to the album's liner notes it was actually recorded during the summer of 2008 which is quite confusing considering that En Rak Höger was released in September of that same year. Does that mean that this recording is a compilation of bonus tracks? The music here does feel much less adventurous and technical and I almost get the feeling that this album was originally intended as a fun little EP release but then somehow it still turned into a full scale studio album.

I miss the short interludes between the songs especially since many of these performances follow the same basic pattern of a throbbing bass/steady drum beat and an underlying keyboard melody complemented by a guitar lead. There are unfortunately not enough moments here that diverse from this set-up but it's those moments that really make this album worthy experience for me. The album begins with a very strong intro composition titled Gastronomika Proportioner. The music starts off with an extreme-metal sounding drum-section while the rest of the band plays a much softer and direct melodic arrangement. This contrast feels at first quite offsetting but it all starts to make sense with the transition that occurs halfway through the performance. For a moment there I actually thought that I was listening to a Naked City album! After such a strong opening number I was really looking forward to what the rest of this new release had in store.

Sket Man Väl I is this album's first promotional single and it's here that the music looses a lot of the momentum for me. There isn't really anything wrong with strong melodically driven instrumental music but I just lack the promising signs of complexity that were featured on En Rak Höger. The drummer keeps pretty much a steady beat throughout the entire performance and the composition variations are few and not all that memorable. I might have been less discouraged by this if it wasn't for the fact that this trend continues almost all throughout the first half of the album. It's only when we get to the short piece called Oj! that we get a glimpse of variation on this whole concept. It features a much faster sounding drumbeat and the whole composition seems to be spinning in a crazy endless loop. The music takes an even greater turn for the better with Ekot Från Avgrunden which features an upbeat build-up section followed by a slow and melodic guitar lead part that I enjoy immensely. The composition also has a memorable middle section and it's truly a pity that more of these performances couldn't have been prolonged by at least 30 seconds just to feature such beauty.

The album concludes with the title track composition featuring a memorable synthesizer work by Milve Sofia Rydahl but other than that it's just another one of the basic pattern performances that I mentioned earlier. The music stops halfway through the track and resumes once again at a 5:30 minute mark with a loop of voice that sound as if it could belong to Fredrik Reinfeldt, our current Prime Minister of Sweden. I honestly have no idea what to make of this bonus track. Is it supposed to be a joke or is there actually some sort of a political statement behind it all? Judging by the artwork of Klotet's albums they might seem like a political band but this issue has so far never interfered with the content of their music.

I'm on a fence when it comes to rating Det Har Aldrig Hänt och Kommer Aldrig Hända Igen. Since this release isn't on par with the great debut album I can't really rate it on the same level. Still it's not anywhere near the collectors/fans only material that the 2-star rating might suggest. Therefore it's a really good, but non-essential release!

***** star songs: Gastronomika Proportioner (2:25) Ekot Från Avgrunden (3:55)

**** star songs: Dödad av Döden (3:32) Falska Pengar (2:38) Hjärnsubstans (2:22) Hållplats Hades (2:37) Oj! (1:26) Atomvinter (3:06) Kapten Sjöbjörn (2:58) Brakander Boogie (3:19)

*** star songs: Sket Man Väl I (2:33) Det Har Aldrig Hänt och Kommer Aldrig Hända Igen (7:00)

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 En Rak Höger by KLOTET album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.82 | 11 ratings

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En Rak Höger
Klotet Eclectic Prog

Review by Rune2000
Special Collaborator Prog Metal Team

4 stars After originally hearing this album on Spotify I made it my mission to buy this release which I finally did and settled for a digital download. It's always nice to see motivated young bands on the prog horizon who are willing to put a little extra effort in their material. The music on En Rak Höger is difficult to define even by progressive rock standards so I completely agree with the Eclectic Prog-categorization that the band has received.

The album starts with surprisingly strong Jazz undertones on Jagad Av Satan but that sound is soon enough replaced by a much clearer melody section which is something that will be prominent even throughout the rest of the album. The bass guitar is very clear through the whole recording which, for a bass player like myself, is a true bliss to hear!

The first real highlight comes in the form of the very strangely titled composition called Vanlig Dag På Jobbet, Snutjävel (i.e. Ordinary day at work, cop bastard). Get used to these obscene song titles since it seems to be a trademark of a sorts with Klotet. This composition starts exactly were the previous left off with a really nice guitar-driven intro section which lasts for about two minutes and then transitions into a synthesizer driven melodic section that I completely adore.

I like how the band has incorporated short transition numbers between and sometimes right after their compositions which definitely aids the transition between the different sections of the album and makes for a great overall album experience. After an escapade of mood swings and melodic twists and turns comes another one of this album's highlights. Allt Är Inte Farligt (i.e. Everything Is Not Dangerous) comes at about halfway point through the album and is once again distinguishable due to the highly memorable middle section and the nice build-up leading up to its conclusion.

Ugglor I Mossen (i.e. Owls in the Moss) is this album's lengthiest piece of music cloaking at just over 5 minutes. It's made that way for all the right reasons because Ugglor I Mossen marks the final and, by far, the strongest highlight that this album has to offer. The composition is guitar-driven and has some of the funkiest sounding drum performance of the whole recording. I love how the melody twists and turns in every possible direction and I must have listened to this particular track at least two dozen times this week alone!

I have only praise and admiration for Klotet and their debut album. The music here is creative, catchy and enjoyable on literally every possible level. I'll definitely be keeping an eye on this new exciting band and their future releases!

***** star songs: Vanlig Dag På Jobbet, Snutjävel (3:37) Allt Är Inte Farligt (3:49) Ugglor I Mossen (5:14)

**** star songs: Jagad Av Satan (2:20) En Rak Höger Så Att Glasögonen Rök (4:17) Tulpandrakula (4:17) Den Felande Länken (2:49) Skrankel (0:50) Är Detta Humor? (3:49) Makt Korrumperar (4:51) Kontrollapparat (3:33) Bäklangesmannen (0:38) Den Meningslösa Maskinen (3:55) Splittring (4:30)

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Klotet Eclectic Prog

Review by avestin
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Surprises. I love surprises when it comes to music. Finding out a thrilling new band, something exciting, fresh and beautiful.

Such a surprise I had when a friend over at Progressive Ears recommended this Swedish four-piece band, Klotet and their 2008 release, En Rak Höger. They formed in 2004 in Uppsala and this is their first release, an instrumental album, out on Musea.

A cool keyboards sound with an electronic effect and a dominant bass line presents itself as the album begins, presenting gradually what the band has prepared for us. Soon more sounds are added and the rest of the band joins in. And finally the humorous facet of the music is exhibited as a gypsy/eastern sounding tune is played and developed. Melody is their strong side, as is their ability to wrap it with additional layers of instrumentation and effects. The tracks are catchy, fun and charming and are what makes me coming back to this album and even play several tracks again once they're over. The tracks on the album have each a distinct tune that is played and toyed with, then developed, thrown sideways and resumed. The sound is fuzzy and warm, cool and vibrant; at times sounding psychedelic and at others heavy and sharp. The album contains 14 tracks, mostly short (3-4 minutes) and all work well and have interesting ideas and are well developed and played.

My favourite piece on the album is the 7th track, Allt Är inte farligt. Though short, it has a highly driving motif that opens it, which then shifts to a different section that is somewhat slower but nevertheless haunting appeal with its effects done on the guitar (various effects, have a good listen).

The keyboards (organ and Fender Rhodes I think), played by Milvesofia Rydahl, are definitely the hooks, the root of the music here, and very efficienct bass work by David Hallberg as well as drumming by Mikael Styrke accompany it. Guitarist Påhl Sundström plays alternating roles with Milvesofia; they switch positions of front and back up with their instruments, one leading the other accompanying.

This is a highly enjoyable album, high energy levels, ear worm melodies and groovy atmosphere.

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