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Crossover Prog • Sweden


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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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3.79 | 73 ratings
Trettioåriga Kriget
1974
3.63 | 47 ratings
Krigssång
1976
3.44 | 29 ratings
Hej På Er
1978
2.53 | 10 ratings
Mot Alla Odds
1979
3.85 | 11 ratings
Kriget
1981
3.99 | 48 ratings
Elden Av År
2004
3.06 | 12 ratings
Glorious War
2004
3.54 | 30 ratings
I Början Och Slutet
2007
3.64 | 29 ratings
Efter Efter (After After)
2011

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

3.78 | 9 ratings
War Memories
1992
3.12 | 6 ratings
War Years
2008

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4.80 | 5 ratings
Om Kriget Kommer 1974-1981
1996

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

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

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 Krigssång by TRETTIOARIGA KRIGET album cover Studio Album, 1976
3.63 | 47 ratings

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Krigssång
Trettioariga Kriget Crossover Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

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.

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 Kriget by TRETTIOARIGA KRIGET album cover Studio Album, 1981
3.85 | 11 ratings

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Trettioariga 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.

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 Trettioåriga Kriget by TRETTIOARIGA KRIGET album cover Studio Album, 1974
3.79 | 73 ratings

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Trettioariga 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.

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 Elden Av År by TRETTIOARIGA KRIGET album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.99 | 48 ratings

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Elden Av År
Trettioariga 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.

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 Krigssång by TRETTIOARIGA KRIGET album cover Studio Album, 1976
3.63 | 47 ratings

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Trettioariga 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.

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 Efter Efter (After After) by TRETTIOARIGA KRIGET album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.64 | 29 ratings

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Efter Efter (After After)
Trettioariga 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.

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 Hej På Er by TRETTIOARIGA KRIGET album cover Studio Album, 1978
3.44 | 29 ratings

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Hej På Er
Trettioariga Kriget Crossover Prog

Review by Guldbamsen
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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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 Krigssång by TRETTIOARIGA KRIGET album cover Studio Album, 1976
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Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

3 stars A brash and aggressive sophomore effort from Trettioariga Kriget makes up for some occasionally threadbare songwriting with powerful instrumental performances, the band clearly having decided to play it hard and loud this time around. The opening title track and the sidelong epic Kriggsang II are the best examples of this style, being bass-driven and fast- paced slices of heavy prog. The intervening songs are less interesting, with the occasional quiet acoustic section failing to attain a similar level of quality to the loud as hell electric parts. The vocals are also rather loud in the mix and don't really add anything, the singer being competent but not particularly distinctive.

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 Trettioåriga Kriget by TRETTIOARIGA KRIGET album cover Studio Album, 1974
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Review by Warthur
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3 stars An intriguing debut marred by unfortunately mediocre production values, Trettioariga Kriget's debut album is a sprightly and aggressive psych-prog tour de force. With lyrics in the band's native Swedish, the group were apparently part of the "progg" scene in 1970s Sweden, of which Samla Mammas Manna were also proponents - a movement that should not be mistaken for being analogous to our prog scene, though obviously there were bands such as those two who were part of both worlds. As far as Kriget go, their guitar-lead psych-rock is not enormously avant-garde or progressive, but it's competently performed and may be of interest to people keen on seeing what the guitar heroes of Sweden were getting up to in 1974.

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 Efter Efter (After After) by TRETTIOARIGA KRIGET album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.64 | 29 ratings

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Efter Efter (After After)
Trettioariga Kriget Crossover Prog

Review by avestin
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4 stars The band returns with the last part of their trilogy and the third album since their reunion. Named "Efter Efter", meaning After After, I hope this name and the album being a trilogy closer don't imply the band is done with. Thinking about it, it seems not likely at all, as they have been getting media coverage and enthusiastic responses to their last albums and they've been touring and will continue to do so, in and outside their homeland of Sweden. And so I hope that After After this trilogy will be getting More More of this band's music.

I mentioned in a previous review that while I like their 1970s output, I much prefer their current incarnation and the music they're releasing now. That is uncommon for most, if not all bands I listen to that have reunited, particularly looking at other prog bands like the Italian prog revival currently ongoing as well as the VdGG reunion (I do like and listen to these bands' current music, I'm not dissing them). There is just something that speaks to me more about Trettioariga Kriget's music today than their first time around.

On Efter Efter, Trettioariga Kriget make rock music like it should be: Melodic, powerful and varied. They have their formula, their sound and style and they don't steer away from it too much, but manage to create catchy and warm sounding, in large part due to that lush mellotron sound but also their cool guitar tones and the other keyboards. They also manage some intricacy and variety to come into play in their compositions, spicing things up.

The music, ambitious hard rock with soft edges courtesy of lush keyboards, is accessible and charming. While being somewhat straightforward in their writing and song structure and a little naïve-sounding at times (and that is part of their charm as they come up with wonderful riffs and melodies), their arrangements introduce intricacies, complexity and exploration into their songs, such as the proggy middle section of Barnet, the ending of Tavlan and the solos in Efter Efter for instance. The results are songs that start in a straightforward manner and gradually introduce twists and shifts that capture the ears.

Their instrumentals are where they really shine. In the three studio albums released since they returned to activity, they had captivating instrumentals. With a poignant and catchy melody, wonderful layering instrumentation and gorgeous climaxes. These show the band's enthusiasm at its highest and their musical skills, the most fulfilled. Listen to The Dance on this album and you'll hear the band's emotions as well as their epic side.

The title song, Efter Efter combines their epic side and their skill at creating a catchy song. The song's main riff can get stuck in your head for a while. The keyboards and guitar solos in the middle are a little different than what I heard previously from the band and they're a welcome addition to the band's palate.

Of the current trilogy of studio albums by the band, I still find I Borjan Och Slutet to be the standout album, the one I'm most excited about and gets my enthusiasm spring out as I listen to it. But slowly and gradually, Efter Efter is growing on me; there certainly are several pieces on here that have become my favourites by them. Like in previous albums, this one comes with the lyrics in Swedish and the English translation.

What will be after this album? I just hope for the 30 Years War to remain active.

For PA rating purposes: 3.5 stars rounded up to 4

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