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Legendary Swedish heavy-progressive who released 6 albums between 1974 and 1992 (plus a retrospective in 1996) and reunited and released a couple of new albums from 2004 and on. However, the only addition to the normal guitar, bass and drums instrumentation is some mellotron here and there. It's musical excellence with plenty of extended gratuitous guitar jams and very intricate lyrics. I'd like to recommend this band to everyone but since the lyrics are in Swedish and such a big part of the music perhaps some might not understand it. In several ways, TRETTIOÅRIGA KRIGET ("The 30-year War" in English) can be compare to ÄNGLAGÅRD and LANDBERK to sense their influence.

The first, self-titled is in many ways like RUSH circa 1980. "Krigssång" is an album that fans of 70's rock in general will enjoy, and not just progressive rock listeners. In sum, this is one of the defining Scandinavian prog albums. The first two albums are necessary for any serious exploration of the region. The albums released after the reunion show that the band hasn't lost their touch!

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3.82 | 72 ratings
Trettioåriga Kriget
1974
3.64 | 56 ratings
Krigssång
1976
3.36 | 36 ratings
Hej På Er
1978
2.45 | 13 ratings
Mot Alla Odds
1979
3.64 | 16 ratings
Kriget
1981
4.01 | 48 ratings
Elden Av År
2004
3.06 | 16 ratings
Glorious War
2004
3.58 | 37 ratings
I Början Och Slutet
2007
3.67 | 34 ratings
Efter Efter (After After)
2011
3.46 | 16 ratings
Seaside Air
2016

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

3.55 | 11 ratings
War Memories
1992
3.11 | 9 ratings
War Years
2008

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4.50 | 6 ratings
Om Kriget Kommer 1974-1981
1996

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

2.00 | 1 ratings
Rockgift
1979
2.00 | 1 ratings
Nya Moderna Tider
1981
0.00 | 0 ratings
More Years
2008
0.00 | 0 ratings
Konserten -73
2010

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 Seaside Air by TRETTIOÅRIGA KRIGET album cover Studio Album, 2016
3.46 | 16 ratings

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Seaside Air
Trettioåriga Kriget Crossover Prog

Review by silvertree
Prog Reviewer

4 stars These guys have been around a while, in fact they could even be considered as prog dinosaures if you get interested in their discography. With this latest album they really show how well they can write excellent music. I'm talking about music as in "songs and melodies" that you remember. Don't get me wrong. This isn't pop. This is beautiful progressive symphonic rock with guitar driven songs. No hard rock here, but instead we get a distinct Beatles feeling in the songs. Did I mention the mellotron? Simply gorgeous. Nothing intrically complex but quite the opposite : simple and effective progressive rock that finds its roots in the blues. Listen to this and you'll remember what progressive rock is all about. It feels like falling in love after 40 years of marriage with music!
 Seaside Air by TRETTIOÅRIGA KRIGET album cover Studio Album, 2016
3.46 | 16 ratings

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Seaside Air
Trettioåriga Kriget Crossover Prog

Review by Conor Fynes
Prog Reviewer

3 stars 'Seaside Air' - Trettio'riga Kriget (58/100)

Trettio'riga Kriget have been releasing albums since 1974. They've been around for almost as long as many of the progressive rock canon's greatest, and 10 albums are evidence to the fact they've spent most of that time actively. I had not heard of these guys until recently; a fixture on lyrics in their native Swedish seems to have limited their exposure abroad. Nonetheless Sweden would have its role to play in the bold Scandinavian prog resurgence in the 1990s, and I can't help but think that Trettio'riga Kriget helped lay the foundations for groups like Anglagard to make their stint.

Listening to Trettio'riga Kriget's classic material makes them out to be a Swedish equivalent to Italy's RPI scene; theatrical, bombastic, and none-too-afraid to boast the tonal qualities of their mother tongue. With that said, it's a little disappointing they've mellowed out so much by the point of Seaside Air. A band that once seemed to channel the neatest parts of bands as diverse as Rush, Focus and Banco del Mutuo Soccorso (and sometimes all at once!) going the way of gentle, prog-flavoured pop is little cause for excitement. Of course, few bands from the golden era are still even around to make music, and most have fallen much farther than these guys.

I don't mean to sound so damning. Trettio'riga Kriget knew what they wanted to do here. It's obviously a different vibe than the heyday, but a style should change with age and experience. Seaside Air is a Summertime album for these Winter months. The cover, title and leisurely tone to the songs sounds like a musical equivalent to sitting by a lakehouse and watching the world go by. Familiar prog sounds (like mellotron) that were used a lifetime ago are here, but the context is all different. Trettio'riga Kriget's songwriting is straightforward. The musicianship is unassuming. The tone is light and friendly. All of these are intentional on TK's part, I'm sure, but for all the authenticity, it can't be said that they're doing much to arrest attention at this point in their career.

To the band's credit, I think it's pretty cool that Seaside Air simultaneously embraces an adult approach to rock, while simultaneously echoing their proggy past. It's a similar feeling to the one I got with Yes's Heaven & Earth record in 2014. However, unlike Yes, who sounded both lazy and desperate in their attempt to rekindle the past, Trettio'riga Kriget allow themselves to comfortably settle into this sound. Where so many of the 70s groups have fallen into disfavour, it feels like these guys have adapted in a way that fits. I'll end with a final note: The music itself is never exciting, but Robert Zima's full-bodied voice has a way of bringing these songs to life. The album's tameness is sure to limit its appeal to the current generation, but let it not be said that Trettio'riga Kriget don't bring the quality where it's due.

 Hej På Er by TRETTIOÅRIGA KRIGET album cover Studio Album, 1978
3.36 | 36 ratings

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Hej På Er
Trettioåriga Kriget Crossover Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars In October 1976 Trettioariga Kriget hit the road for an extensive tour throughout England, visiting also Wales and reaching the Scottish borders.The ''Melody Maker'' magazine chose the band among the very promosing rising Rock groups, but to their surprise they were dumbed by CBS upon returning to Sweden.They signed with the newly formed Mistlur label, while keyboardist Mats Lindberg, who helped the band in the previous albums, became a permanent member (I wonder if he was the same guy playing the bass for Kaipa around the same time).Third work by Trettioariga Kriget came out in 1978 under the title ''Hej pa er''.

Featuring a full-time keyboardist, one would expect from the sound of the Swedish to become a little more keyboard-centered, but apparently that never happened.Instead they remained one hard-hitting Prog/Rock act with emphasis on double guitars texts, while the tracks became more conventional with limited progressive moves and more strsightforward songwriting.But the quality of the compositions hasn't dropped a bit, the guys created a set of great Hard Rock songs with some notable progressive tendencies and a furious energy and poetic lyricism.No track exceeds the 5-min. mark, the material here is definitely an affair between Hard and Psychedelic Rock with Mats Lindberg providing the occasional keyboard support, mainly on synthesizer, organ and clavinet.Series of fiery riffs, some extremely beautiful Nordic-styled soloing and a few complex twists, reminding of the band's most progressive values are the basic elements of this work, while several tracks escape from the raw stylings of guitar-dominated sound to become a little more refined and epic via the use of keyboards.Linberg also provides some nice sax lines in a pair of them and the overall sound sits somewhere between WISHBONE ASH and late-70's CAMEL, although the Scandinavian taste always comes on surface due to the use of Swedish lyrics.

Very nice and rockin' stuff.It holds some of the band's previous artistic values, but the focus here is on electrified textures and dynamic guitar workouts with a nice keyboard background.Strongly recommended...3.5 stars.

 Krigssång by TRETTIOÅRIGA KRIGET album cover Studio Album, 1976
3.64 | 56 ratings

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Krigssång
Trettioåriga Kriget Crossover Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars Trettioariga Kriget's debut was considered as the first true Heavy Rock album from Sweden, but actually it was more than that.It did receive some excellent reviews and the band had a chance for an exhausting tour on Swedish ground as well as extended visits on the Swedish radio.The second album of the band ''Krigssang'' carried again an epic title (means ''War song'' in Swedish) and it was recorded in summer 75' at the Polyvox Studios in Stockholm, but not released until early 76'.This time the vinyl was marked with original CBS press.

This was another great example of hard-hitting, powerful Progressive Rock with psychedelic overtones, highlighted by the monumental Scandinavian feeling, the poetic lyrics and the dynamic, passionate performances of the band.While mainly guitar-driven, their style had still plenty of clever moves, complicated breaks and a good balance between instrumental variety and vocal performances.Plenty of unexpected shifting tempos and influences from KING CRIMSON, DEEP PURPLE and LED ZEPPELIN are always in the menu.Moreover they also dish out some lovely acoustic textures with a melancholic touch, while Mellotron waves appear quite often, adding a nice orchestral flavor to the passionate sound of the band.The centerpiece of the album is of course the 17-min.''Krigssang 2'', a nice piece of complex, guitar-based Progressive Rock with the usual Mellotron showering as the absolute highlight and some surprising synth lines as well.It often sounds like a mix of RUSH with YES, although being far from any symphonic tendencies, but certainly drawing some inspiration from STEVE HOWE's acrobatic guitar moves.It passes from vocal-based Rock to early-70's Psychedelic Rock to stunning Progressive Rock in a blink of an eye with numerous gear shifts and very tight executions.

Yet another thumbs up for one of Sweden's leading Rock bands from the 70's.Combination of passionate Hard Rock ala LED ZEPPELIN and DEEP PURPLE with intricate Progressive Rock in the vein of YES, RUSH and KING CRIMSON.Strongly recommended...3.5 stars.

 Kriget by TRETTIOÅRIGA KRIGET album cover Studio Album, 1981
3.64 | 16 ratings

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Kriget
Trettioåriga Kriget Crossover Prog

Review by DrömmarenAdrian

4 stars This record "Kriget" by the band "Kriget" (formerly Trettioåriga kriget) is the band's last record before its hiatus to 2004. It was released in 1981 and featured Stefan Fredin (vocals, bass), Mats Lindberg (piano, keyboards, saxophone), Dagge Lundquist (drums, vocals) and Christer Åkerberg (guitar). They had changed vocalist which was perfect. When the bass-man took over Trettioåriga kriget became much better. Unlike the last guy this man Stefan Fredin sings clear and he has a nice accent. He has thet typical Stockholm-accent which is not so common nowadays when the letter "ä" is pronounced like the letter "e" so the words "knegen" and "vägen" rhyme. I allways like that accent.

I didn't like their debut record which was progressive. This isn't progressive rock but it is very sophisticated rock with interesting lyrics and musical poetry. The addition of keys and sax makes the music more ample. Kriget had embraced the 80s musically, they had som synth tendencies and for me it is music from the city, from my city with a taste of beer, melancholy and modernity. On the first side the most important tracks are "Moderna tider" which is short but powerful and "Europa" with a sad and memorable meaning and floating strong rock music. "En liten man" is also full of poetry. On the other side stand two songs out: "På jakt efter rock" and "Som förut". Both are very qualified rock. The first song has almost a symphonic feeling but enclosed in 80s costume and the other song is also a powerful rock song where the saxophone gives the song its splendor. I would especially recommend you those two songs "På jakt efter rock" and "Som förut" when they are so good. My father "Johan" bought this album many years ago and has played it a lot. I prefer this "Kriget" in front of the former progressive "Kriget". As I wrote: Sophisticated rock (from the early eighties). Perhaps not so related to prog music but still a genuine band.

 Trettioåriga Kriget by TRETTIOÅRIGA KRIGET album cover Studio Album, 1974
3.82 | 72 ratings

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Trettioåriga Kriget
Trettioåriga Kriget Crossover Prog

Review by DrömmarenAdrian

3 stars This record, which is Trettioåriga krigets first, has a lot of talant and good progressive elements but it doesn't affect me. The best song in my opinion is Röster från minus till plus (Voices from minus to plus) which is a beautifull song with a deep sound and great instrument work, but the rest is quite boring. As a swedish man I would understand the lyrics but I don't. He is not singing very ambiguous but I think his pronounciation isn't the right. I think the singer Robert Zima comes from Austria (Österrike). What I understood the lyrics were dopey, is doesn't have to be bad. What I missed was strong melodies and symphonic touches. This was heavy but it really didn't hit me enough.
 Elden Av År by TRETTIOÅRIGA KRIGET album cover Studio Album, 2004
4.01 | 48 ratings

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Elden Av År
Trettioåriga Kriget Crossover Prog

Review by BORA

4 stars Another pleasant surprise!

A friend passed on some works of this band, a band that I've never heard of before. Another one of their other albums "Kriegssang" was high;y recommended, but always a rebel, I decided to do reverse order, just for the sake of it.

So, not expecting "too" much, I gave this album a spin and resumed of checking my mail. Soon my ears flopped up. Hey, I can happily relate to music like this! My attention suitably aroused. this experience had soon become of outright interest.

On this album the band is very close to what Pink Floyd were about around 1971. Tasteful, laid back, no stress compositions laced with nice guitar work, also reminiscent of early Gilmour approaches. There is even a hint of SBB in parts. The vocals appear to be somewhat less impressive, but since I don't speak the language, I can't comment on their value as in poetry.

What impresses the most is that they don't try too hard, not trying to impress! Heartfelt music, not made to cater for Top10, or to please the record industry, or to score dumb groupies.

No doubt, the music is simple and uncomplicated and therein is it's true value. Recommended for those who can't have enough of early Pink Floyd. There are some weaker moments, but as a whole it easily qualifies for rating of 4.

A footnote. When reading reviews on PA, I generally bypass Crossover - under which this band is currently listed and something that I am not in agreement with. Had it not been for my friend, I would never have displayed any interest as such.

 Krigssång by TRETTIOÅRIGA KRIGET album cover Studio Album, 1976
3.64 | 56 ratings

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Krigssång
Trettioåriga Kriget Crossover Prog

Review by GruvanDahlman
Prog Reviewer

5 stars The best progressive album from Sweden? Well, I tend to agree. Or rather, know it is. At least as far as the 70's is concerned. There are otther great bands from Sweden but none as great as Trettioåriga Kriget was on this album. I came across it in a little recordstore about 20 years ago and loved it right from the start.

In Sweden there was a strong political agenda associated with prog (or progg, as it is known). There were many bands, not all musically gifted. Alot of bands were actually musically challenged, if you wish. Trettioåriga Kriget was a band of great musicianship and brilliance, never as evident as on Krigssång, still retaining the political message of socialism.

The musical content (with it's very prominent bass) is amazing. Not only in the playing but more so in the songs themselves. It is a blend of hard rock, symphonic and fusion like stuff. I think of Stanley Clarke, sometimes, and maybe I am not that far off. Stanley Clarke playing in Rush, could be a comparison not straying too far off the mark.

From the first second to the last, this album delivers in spades and keeps on being spellbinding. This is a masterful and epic creation, worthy of praise and recognition. Listen and be amazed.

 Efter Efter (After After) by TRETTIOÅRIGA KRIGET album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.67 | 34 ratings

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Efter Efter (After After)
Trettioåriga Kriget Crossover Prog

Review by Master of Time

4 stars Man, what a find was this album. I had never heard of this band but when I heard the track Mannen Pa Banken on Last.Fm I decided to check this album out. This is truly a hidden gem. There are some weak moments but the highs of the album are just so great and so addicting, Chrsiter Akerberg is an amazing guitar player. This band is definitely guitar oriented but there are some keyboards in their but they rarely take a front seat.

The first track Mannen Pa Banken immediately hooks you. It has some great guitar playing by Christer and Robert Zima's voice is pleasant. If I had to compare his voice with anyone's it would probably be Roine Stolt's, but in my opinion Robert's is less of an acquired taste. I also think Stefan is great bass player and they really give him his places to shine, I imagine this is due to him being the main songwriter. Barnet is another great track, reminiscent of the Flower Kings, I especially enjoy Dag Lundquist's drumming, and I think this is one of the best track for Robert's vocals. The Dance is probably my favorite on the album with opener. It is a very good instrumental, I love Christer's guitar tone on this track. I also love the song Glorious war, another great one for Robert. The Title track Efter Efter is the longest song on the album and another highlight. Feature's more keyboard than most of the album.

The Rest of the album is mostly three star material, nothing I would want to come back to frequently. Boring mostly but a pleasant occasional listen.

Overall I Give this a 3.5 due to some weaker tracks, but I round it up to a four because with some of the great material on this album I couldn't bare to give it any lower, and I plan on adding more Trettioariga Kriget to my collection. I recommend to this to any fan of Anglagard, The Flower Kings, or any fan of guitar oriented prog in general.

 Hej På Er by TRETTIOÅRIGA KRIGET album cover Studio Album, 1978
3.36 | 36 ratings

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Hej På Er
Trettioåriga Kriget Crossover Prog

Review by Guldbamsen
Special Collaborator Retired Admin

3 stars The Roskilde Festival guy strikes back!

(Before I go off into ramble tamble land here, I'd like to point out that this longish Swedish marathon will have a tiny break after this one, the 10th in a row, but I promise to return to it, as this country's more obscure musical ventures still need all the love I can possibly bring myself to muster up.)

To-the-point songwriting. Tight short tracks, and a melodic hard rock touch to it all. This album encapsulates everything about the guy from Sweden you run into during a Roskilde Festival. He likes his drink, that's for sure. He is head over heels in love with rock, and plays air guitar in his dreams - including those he experiences in daylight. He talks frantically in Skänsk with an upper lip full of snus - and wants everybody to know just how wonderful a band Led Zeppelin is.

I've met my fair share of these guys, and Roskilde wouldn't feel right without 'em. They inspire me to put an album like this on, when I get back into my camp, and if he by some miracle is living inside an audible radius from the music, you're attacked by this caveman scream, for then to be facing a gurgling wild beast 2 seconds later - his hands holding a six pack of warm beers and a half drunken bottle of Jack Daniels.

"Hey man - I didn't know that Danish people were into Trettioåriga Kriget?"

"Well hell - I'm not that sure that they are, but I've always had a thing for Swedish music"

The French kiss feels somewhat intrusive, but then again - he did bring the drink...

Weaving out of late 70s production as you'll pick up in the glacial foggy cleanliness of the synthesizers - swooping into old school guitar laden hard rock with this beautiful Les Paul sound, which is both metallic and loving all at the same time - Hej På Er manages to bring two different sounding periods of rock n' roll together in the same room. Although it's been a while since the two have talked, you kind of get the impression, that the make-up sex is going to be quite spectacular once it gets going. Problem is that it took these guys a bit of time to correlate all these different factors into one big hefty type of deal - with all the exhausts pointing in the same direction. The mix here is really wonderful, don't get me wrong. I happen to love this album, but the instant feel good sensation of the album you get, when you first start playing it, wears off over time - especially if you've recently started digging down in the more complex of progressive musical corridors. This is why Hej På Er is the perfect festival album. It kicks ass, gives off its melodies in an orderly and tight fashion - with absolutely nothing left for the imagination, and to tell you the truth, I get more turned on, when women are wearing feather boas and cucumber dresses with a pound of stardust sprinkled over them. Just like my music, some things are best left for time, wit, imagination and sleepless nights to figure out.

Still, I'd recommend this album to anyone into 70s rock in a heart beat - no question about it. The Swedish vocals are charming and lingering, the guitar playing largely built up around melodic riffing, and already you've got that good old recipe cooking like a lofty kitchen matador doing his thing. Accompanying a steady and well recorded drum beat, you're often treated to different types of rhythmic back-door keyboard wizardry, such as the Stevie Wonder inspired Horner clavinet. Special guests like violin, saxomophone, computer guitar and alternating tempers within the changes from acoustic to electric strings - do colour this record in something that tries to separate it from other such releases of the time, but as much as I love it - and think of long lost summer festivals, warm beer and Swedish snus - Hej På Er is still what it set out to be in the first place, which is fine by me, - but at this stage in my musical-soul-searching-no-holes-barred-adventures-by-night-freeflowing-magical-esoteric-fantasy-circus-voyage, I need music that changes its mood and colours all according to my day, dreams or how my garden looks after a whole day of rain.

Music can be a violent and chameleon like mistress with spikes of Medusa snakes coming out its eyes, but it can also be a jolly old fat fellow singing merrily and heartfelt without ever really surprising you. I'll leave it up to you, which one of these this particular album falls under. It's still a 3.5 star album though, and if you like melodically enhanced motor rock with late night 70s shadings, then this album is for you. It will almost certainly knock your socks off instantly - so let's just hope it stays that way...

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