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ANIMA MORTE

Symphonic Prog • Sweden


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When ANIMA MORTE was suggested to the Symphonic Team for addition, I checked the band without any expectation, because it sounded more like the name of a Death Metal combo than a Symphonic band, but the instant I heard the first sample, it was obvious I was before a classical Swedish band with respect for the sound of the Symphonic pioneers but at the same time an own style following the path of musicians and bands like BO HANSSON, NGLAGÅRD or PÄR LINDH PROJECT.

ANIMA MORTE is the brainchild of Fredrik Klingwall who in 2004 founded the band to re-create the music of the famous Italian movies by Dario Argento, most likely the origin of their sober but dark and mysterious at the same time (a good combination), soon after, in 2005 Fredrik asks Stefan Granberg to join the project, and with their combined efforts ANIMA MORTE takes off.

The band now formed by Fredrik Klingwall (Keyboards), Stefan Granberg (bass, bazouki, and electric guitar synths), Daniel Cannerfelt (guitars) and Teddy Möller(Drums), has released (with different formations), several albums, that go from the promising electronic vinyl single Viva Morte (2007) to the mature CD called The Nightmare Becomes Reality in 2011.

Due to their sound with abundant Hammond and Mellotron I asked Fredrik (by mail) if he had some PÄR LINDH PROJECT influence (Reminds me of The Cathedral), but he confessed to me that Bo Hansson and Samla Mammas Manna, Goblin along with Enio Morricone and Fabio Frizzi, were their main influences. Apart of the official releases, they have worked in such compilations like the surprising Rökstenen, a tribute to Swedish Prog.

So, for people who like bands a KING CRIMSON, ELP and Swedish icons with a touch of Italian horror soundtracks, ANIMA MORTE is one of the latest band to listen

Iván Melgar-Morey - Perú

Discography:

- 2007 - Viva Morte! (EP)
- 2007 - Face The Sea Of Darkness (CD)
- 2010 - Anima Morte / Hooded Menace (Single Vinyl)
- 2011 - Face The Sea Of Darkness (LP / CD)
- 2011 - The Nightmare Becomes Reality (CD)

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- The Tales Of Edgar Allan Poe (Musea)
- Cani Arrabbiati (Musea)
- Rökstenen (Musea)

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3.65 | 22 ratings
Face The Sea Of Darkness
2007
3.61 | 42 ratings
The Nightmare Becomes Reality
2011

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Viva Morte!
2007
2.00 | 2 ratings
Anima Morte / Hooded Menace
2010

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 The Nightmare Becomes Reality by ANIMA MORTE album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.61 | 42 ratings

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The Nightmare Becomes Reality
Anima Morte Symphonic Prog

Review by Bonnek
Special Collaborator Prog Metal Team

4 stars ANIMA MORTE's second album "The Nightmare Becomes Reality" isn't as dark as its title may make you believe. The album art may be goulish and the music minor-key, but everything remains rather light in arrangements and upbeat in pace, often opting for bright synth tones rather then big mellotrons. What makes this interesting is how they add dark and slightly threatening themes to the easy-going melodic heart of their songs.

The most similar album that comes to mind is "Symphonic Holocaust" from MORTE MACABRE. Even the band name seems coined after them. Other obvious references are the soundtracks of GOBLIN and the subtle instrumental music of BO HANSSON. ANIMA MORTE is more upbeat and melodic then their inspirations.

I also hear a lot of CAMEL in this music: this album has a sound similar of 'Moonmadness', it has the muscle of 'Mirage' and the instrumental conceptual approach of 'Snow Goose' (Just check the track 'Contamination'). I keep those Camel albums in high regard and even if "The Nightmare Becomes Reality" isn't on the same level as those mellow-moody Prog masterpieces, it is very deserving in its own right. The only flaw I see is that all compositions tend to sound a bit similar after a while.

This album boasts 47 minutes of moody melodic themes, it has an excellent musical interplay and a high level of Prog authenticity. Nevertheless this album seems to have failed finding an audience. A real pity. This is excellent instrumental Prog and it's been quite a while since I was impressed this much by a contemporary symphonic Prog album.

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 The Nightmare Becomes Reality by ANIMA MORTE album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.61 | 42 ratings

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The Nightmare Becomes Reality
Anima Morte Symphonic Prog

Review by Ivan_Melgar_M
Special Collaborator Symphonic Prog Specialist

4 stars Since I was a kid, always had obsession for the dark mysterious music plethoric of Baroque organ, to the point that a psychologist in the school thought I had some kind of depressive episodes (Until he discovered the dark beaurty of some of my albums and changed his opinion), so you can imagine my fascination when the postman handed me the signed copy of The Nightmare Becomes Reality by ANIMA MORTE, I felt like a kid with new toy, because I already had enjoyed Face the Sea of Darkness.

But almost from the start I noticed I was before a different album, even when they keep their mysterious and aggressive trademark, this time the Swedish guys manage to balance perfectly the darkness with the lush and pompous keyboards in the style of RICK WAKEMAN with a Mellotron in the vein of TONY BANKS. a blend that is hard to achieve without falling into stereotypes instead of capturing the essence, a common mistake among new bands that ANIMA MORTE has avoided with great dexterity

The album starts with "Voices of Beyond", a dark and terrifying intro that places the listener in the required mood for what's coming later, but only when the first guitar notes of "Corridor of Blood" start, we can notice how the band is reaching maturity, this is not an horror band anymore, they became a band that uses terror as an instrument to transmit feelings and sensations, balancing the darker sections with the pompous organ that reminds me of the 70's pioneer of the genre, plus a very hard a powerful rhythm section softened by an acoustic guitar. One of their best works of the band and a great start for the album.

"The Revenant" starts with a nice Mellotron intro that leads to a fluid guitar and percussion lead passage. This time they play with several variations over the same theme, but adding something new in each repetition in order to maintain the expectation in the listener. The guitar work is outstanding.

Despite being one of the most melodic and fluid tracks, "Contamination" is really a scary piece of music, because ANIMA MORTE creates a sense of suspense and claustrophobia when they pretend to surprise us with a blast of power but nothing happens, this feeling of an incomplete process (obviously created intentionally) leads us towards some form of pleasant desperation.

To be honest "Passage of Darkness" is probably my least favorite track, being that the complex percussion distracts me from the keyboard work, even when I enjoyed it (hey, I used to be a keyboardist, so elaborate percussion doesn't frighten me), seems like the guys have mixed too many ideas and different atmospheres, loosing a bit of coherence. Still liked it, but not my favorite.

"Solemn Graves" is frightening from the soft atmospheric entrance, that seems to prepare the listener for an explosion of terror, but again the band maintains the suspense till the end with a flawless organ performance by Fredrik Klingwall that again brings to memory the excellent Criminal Record. Great music.

The melodic "Delirious" is a bluesy song in the style of URIAH HEEP (Demons & Wizards) specially because the keyboards sound very close to Ken Hensley, but with a different guitar style, still heavy but avoiding the use of wah-wah, so the sound is very original.

"Feast of Feralia" brings ÃNGLAGÃRD to my memory (Well Mattias Olsson is a guest in the album), because they blend the aggressiveness of Heavy Prog with the most delicate Symphonic elements obtaining a final atmosphere that I only heard in Swedish post 1990 bands, specially for the exquisite collision between strong organ and delicate acoustic guitar.

Now is the turn "The Nightmare Becomes Reality)", one of the most dramatic pieces in the album, the constant hammering of the organ creates a sense of anguish that keeps me at the edge of the sit, in some way reminds me of "Into the Cage" by GENESIS, but heavier that works as an interlude before the mini-epic "Things to Come", a track in which the guys of ANIMA MORTE rest a bit from the heavy obscure atmosphere in order to focus in the classical oriented Symphonic sound of the 70's. a good relief after so many strong emotions.

The album ends with "The Dead will Walk he Earth" a good closer for a great album, because comprises all the mystery and drama of the album in a calmed but full of suspense instrumental song.

It's hard to rate "The Nightmare Becomes Reality" because I felt tempted to give them 5 stars, but some minor flaws in a couple of tracks, and the security that they are able to release even better music, made me go with 4 solid stars that should be 4.5 if our system allowed it.

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 Anima Morte / Hooded Menace by ANIMA MORTE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2010
2.00 | 2 ratings

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Anima Morte / Hooded Menace
Anima Morte Symphonic Prog

Review by toroddfuglesteg

2 stars Time to plug the turntable into the USB port again.

A split vinyl platter, the small one, with two Swedish bands.

Hooded Menace is a band I believe is not featured here in PA. Their music is cold desolate sludge doom metal. Their track has both a post metal and a funeral doom feel to it. Pretty good stuff, actually. Anima Morte is listed here in PA as a symphonic prog band and their track has a good pastoral melody performed by church organ, mellotron and flute as the solo instruments. This is a warm organic track. Just to confuse the picture here. The Anima Morte track is written by Hooded Menace and vice verse. Amusing.

The two tracks are OK, but not worth purchasing this vinyl for. This is collectors items and for the sadly obsessed only. People like myself, as a prime example. Hence my verdict.

2 stars

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 Face The Sea Of Darkness by ANIMA MORTE album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.65 | 22 ratings

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Face The Sea Of Darkness
Anima Morte Symphonic Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars From the cold city of Stockholm comes this Swedish project,created by composer/keyboardist Fredrik Klingwall in 2005,member of various Metal/Darkwave projects,most notably Rising Shadows.He was joined by guitarist/bassist Stefan Granberg,with whom he released the 7' vinyl single ''Viva Morte!'' in 2007.Later in the same year drummer Teddy M'ller and guitarist Daniel Cannerfelt jump on board to help Anima Morte release their debut ''Face the Sea of Darkness'' originally on Dead Beat Media,with two more re-issues on Horror Records (2010) and Transubstans (2011 plus two bonus tracks).

A short album,just under 40 minutes,this all instrumental effort sees Anima Morte exploring the sounds presented during the 70's by GOBLIN.Dark symphonic soundscapes with a touch of Space Rock,Ambient,Soundtrack Music and Darkwave,filled with effects and much keyboard- driven by the synths/organs/mellotron/piano of Klingwall.Other good reference points might be ANEKDOTEN and MORTE MACABRE.Actually it's Klingwall's keyboards which achieve to create such haunting music,surrounded often by explosive strong guitar work,mellow acoustic passages and a few flute drives.Short tracks with a very rich sound,good orchestrations and changing moods between the calm and the heavy,the good and the bad,the storm and the rainbow.Some tracks have a great nostalgic feeling,similar to GOBLIN, with great piano parts and minimalistic musicianship.

Dedicated fans of GOBLIN possibly own this album already.For the rest I warmly recommend this quite nice album of dark cinematic Progressive Rock,which arises an inner beauty right from its haunting depth.

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 The Nightmare Becomes Reality by ANIMA MORTE album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.61 | 42 ratings

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The Nightmare Becomes Reality
Anima Morte Symphonic Prog

Review by Failcore

3 stars This music sounds like it was made by robot Frankenstein. And I don't mean that in a particularly good way. It's obvious that there's some really talented songwriting and musicianship in this sophomore effort by Anima Morte. However, my problem is with the delivery, it's way too impersonal sounding! It's always been a pet peeve of mine when a friend would hear me listening to some synth-heavy prog and say, "Hey, that sounds like video game music!" However, that's really what you're getting here, an album that sounds like a particularly inspired Castlevania soundtrack. The production is really smooth, the omnipresent synths are louder than anything else, and all the instrumentation just sounds hyper-rehearsed and sort of stale. It's a shame, because it actually was a promising album at first; I love "Corridor of Blood" and "Revenant" precisely because they are more organic sounding than the rest of the album. But after that, Anima Morte settles into aforementioned Castlevania mode, and the rest of the album just sort of blends together without any really memorable sections. 3 stars, because there's nothing particularly wrong with this album; I just don't enjoy it that much. I prefer my creepy horror prog to sound like it's made by humans. So back to Devil Doll it is!

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3.61 | 42 ratings

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The Nightmare Becomes Reality
Anima Morte Symphonic Prog

Review by AtomicCrimsonRush
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

3 stars A very competent album by a Swedish band with a style that could be compared to Camel due to the emphasis on clean dynamic lead solos. From the outset when the screams are heard and the creaking doors I was a little taken aback wondering what my ears were being subjected to. I soon got used to the ethereal style and there are no lyrics to speak of, mainly massive passages of dark instrumentals.

Every track seems to ebb with a power exhumed from the depths of the horror vault. Perhaps the band are inspired by Dario Argento's schlock horror grand guignol gore movies, such as Suspiria. The black arts and extreme gore of his films are well known and the music on offer from Anima Morte would make a fitting soundtrack. It is a symphonic soudscape generated by the band, though I am no fan of the horror genre, preferring to give it a wide berth, so this was an immediate turn off for my ears.

Tracks with titles such as Coridoor of Blood, Passage Of Darkness, Solemn Graves, Feast Of Feralia and The Dead Will Walk The Earth may interest some and I can see where the album will appeal as the horror genre has a solid market. I can also admire the musical techniques, but it is not an album I will return to as it is nightmarish music, darkening the atmosphere; simply not for my tastes on any level. I can listen to dark prog at times but when it is blatantly based directly on horror themes such as this, I can never justify a high rating. 3 stars for the very well accomplished musicianship, if not for the ghoulish thematic content.

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 Face The Sea Of Darkness by ANIMA MORTE album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.65 | 22 ratings

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Face The Sea Of Darkness
Anima Morte Symphonic Prog

Review by Ivan_Melgar_M
Special Collaborator Symphonic Prog Specialist

4 stars Last year I received a post suggesting the addition of the Swedish band ANIMA MORTE for the Symphonic database, but due to the references about ENNIO MORRICONE and some titles in Italian, I sent the band to RPI (Rock Progressivo Italiano) practically without listening them, but last week I received the same suggestion and this time discovered they were from Sweden, so gave a listen to the samples on their MySpace page and was really impressed.

As most Swedish bands, their style is sober and clearly influenced by the most iconic bands from the northern country, but what I liked more is that special darkness and mystery that has it's roots in Italian horror movies with plenty Hammond Organ and Mellotron, one of the most irresistible temptations for a Symphonic fanatic as me.

So before adding them, went to a well known Internet store and bought the MP3 version of "Face the Sea of Darkness" (Not the same as listening a physical CD, but when you live in Perú and don't want to wait, it's the only solution), and discovered that the years hadn't destroyed my capacity of surprise and enjoyment of new music, the whole album is delightful.

As I said before, Mysterious Symphonic Prog with loads of keyboards and Mellotron (well played of course) are enough for me to be pleased, but in this case, found that ANIMA MORTE is much more than just pleasant .

The powerful keyboards by Fredrik Klingwall create a haunting sound with touches of Heavy Metal, but when this strength is blended with delicate passages of acoustic guitar by Stefan Granberg and an incredibly solid rhythm section, you got something worth to listen.

It's also important to notice that the band manages the contrasts between power and softness with great skills, if you listen how they move from the strong "Devoid of a Soul" (A song that has everything a Proghead loves) to the soft and melodic "Wandering" with piano and Harpsichord (Guess it's synthesized) it's clear we are before an incredibly versatile band.

All the tracks are solid without a single weak moment, but if I had to chose only one, I would go with the fantastic "Twilight of the Dead", a brilliant piece of music that has all the excesses I love in Prog, with abundant organ, solid percussion and the capacity to morph from Heavy Prog to Classical piano sections in a fragment of a second, it's like listening pompous music of Rick Wakeman a with the drama of Par Lindh Project all fused with the virtuosity of Vittorio Nocenzi.

Being that this is the first full ANIMA MORTE album I have the chance to listen, I won't fall into the temptation of rating "Face the Sea of Darkness"with 5 stars, so will be conservative and go with 4 solid stars, being I expect much more of this excellent musicians.

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Anima Morte Symphonic Prog

Review by Windhawk
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4 stars Swedish act ANIMA MORTE have been around as recording artists since 2007, the quartet consisting of Fredrik, Stefan, Teddy and Daniel with one full length production and a single to their name in addition contributions to a handful or so of concept albums of the various artists variety. "The Nightmare Becomes Reality" is their second full length CD, and was released by Swedish label Transubstans Records in the spring of 2011.

The main inspirations for this Swedish quartet appears to be horror movies and Italian symphonic rock, with a band name like Goblin mentioned rather often in articles I've read about this outfit. Their album and song titles documents their love of movies of the creepier kind quite nicely, and while the music can't be described as terrifying in any manner whatsoever they do explore a part of the art rock universe that isn't exactly dominated by light and joyful scenery.

In terms of style I'd guess that Camel is the closest comparison I can make from personal experience, as dreamladen atmospheres is a characteristic trait shared by both. Drawn out, warm and pleasant guitar soloing flanked by at times vast arrays of tangents and knobs is very much what we're treated to. Fans of vintage instruments will have a swell time catching organ, Mellotron and various kinds of vintage keyboard and synth instruments in action. Swirling textures and fluctuating layers aplenty, with dampened wandering guitar motifs and steady controlled rhythms underscoring quite nicely. Jazz-inspired bass and drum motifs is another detail Anima Morte share with aforementioned Camel, albeit not as commonly nor extensively explored by the former as by the latter.

Where these two bands separate is in the overall mood however. While Camel excels in atmospheres either joyful or dreamy melancholic, Anima Morte thrives when they can conjure themes of a more shadowy nature. Never dramatic nor threatening, but gloomy, slightly brooding and a dampened ominous feeling traits that is a common denominator throughout. And with an ever so slightly orientation in the direction of vintage space rock as additional flavouring.

I see that Anima Morte is a band that comes recommended to fans of the darker edged Italian symphonic art rock scene. And while those may make up the core audience of this act, I'd say that those with a general interest for 70's symphonic progressive rock should spend a few minutes to check out whether or not this is a band to their liking. In particular if you really enjoy vintage tangents of all sorts and you prefer your art rock to be instrumental.

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