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On a cold clear February evening in Falkoping 1993 the two Stockholm based groups Landberk and Agg plays together for the first time at a local rock club. Out of this meeting comes a sense of musical unity, which is reinforced a year later when they meet again at a concert in Vanersborg in May 1994. When in 1999 Reine Fiske, the guitar player of Landberk, is asked to play with the famous Swedish folk rock singer Turid he chooses to team up with Stefan from Landberk and Ricard and Johan from Agg.

After the last concert with Turid at a festival in August 2000 it feels natural for Reine, Stefan, Ricard and Johan to continue their collaboration. The musical energy between them is now flowing at full speed. As an instrumental band they play two TV shows, and now the idea of recording takes form. But who is to sing? A female voice seems natural since the time with Turid.

Close by is Petronella, who together with Ricard for a long time has been writing music. Suddenly PAATOS comes to existence. Turid contributes with a song called "Tea", which she writes the same night as Ricard and Petronella have their first baby. The lyrics are about this event of which Turid at the time is unaware.

"Tea" and the song "Perception" is recorded "live" at Goran Freeses analouge studio and released as a 7' vinyl singel in the early spring of 2001.

In the fall of 2001 and spring of 2002 the band writes and records what is to become the debut album in their rehearsal studio using Ricards recording equipment. During this process Paatos gets an offer to compose and perform music to the classic silent movie Nosferatu at a film festival in Umea. This is an offer the band can't refuse, although it will delay the release of the album. In less than two month the band writes and rehearses music for the one and a half hour long movie. It is performed in front of an excited live audience on the 2:nd of November.

The recording of the album continues in the spring. The band is supported by the David Wilczevski (clarinet, bass clarinet and flute), Micke Sorensen (trumpet), Jonas Wall (saxophone), Per Kristensson (trombone).

The mixing of the album is carried out at the legendary Atlantic studios, with the sound engineer Jan Hansson. The idea of recording the album in the own rehearsal studio with time to try out all ideas for arrangements, then to do the mixing in a large studio without having to compromise with sound quality, has been crucial for the fi...
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3.88 | 138 ratings
3.63 | 134 ratings
3.27 | 77 ratings
Silence Of Another Kind
3.72 | 106 ratings
3.55 | 41 ratings

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3.72 | 21 ratings

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4.83 | 8 ratings
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 Kallocain by PAATOS album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.63 | 134 ratings

Paatos Crossover Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars After the release of ''Timeloss'' Reine Fiske left the band, although he remained strictly involved in the music industry, playing with several Psych, Jazz Rock and Art Rock bands and collaborating with some others like Elephant9.His place was taken by Berklee alumnus Peter Nylander and with this formation the band recorded the second album ''Kallocain'', named after a sci-fi novel by Swedish female author Karin Boye.They were now listed in the crew of Inside Out (which also reissued the debut of the band) and Steven Wilson was responsible for the mix.

Paatos kept doing what they were originally intended to: Producing Nordic-flavored, atmospheric and melancholic music with a definite progressive enviroment, but also refering to a wider audience due to the modern elements injected in their music, like the Post-Rock moods, the metronomic beats and the vocal distortions, blended with some obvious Pop sensibilities.But you just can't leave aside the LANDBERK leftovers and the artistic attitude of the band, as their pieces still contained symphonic orchestrations, psychedelic edges and heavier segments.This inspired use of Mellotron and organ next to the Post-Rock hard-edged guitars and the Scandinavian colors can only be achieved by mature and talented bands.As with LANDBERK, their music bursted some evident blinks to very early KING CRIMSON and the stunning efforts of ANEKDOTEN with the Mellotron and cello popping up here and there, while the guitars and the rhythm section have a much more intense and less refined value.Imagine this sound blended with BJORK's experiments, that is a good dash of Trip Hop, Art Pop and Electronic sounds, moreover filled with crystalline vocals in lyrics plus a nice touch of 70's Scandinavian Psych/Prog with balanced guitar moves.

When we talk about the past meeting the present, Paatos' ''Kallocain'' should be thrown into the discussion.A very modern-sounding album, which keeps the principles of 70's Prog up high.Post Prog/Psych/Pop with a genuine sound overall, no less than strongly recommended...3.5 stars.

 Sensors by PAATOS album cover Live, 2007
3.72 | 21 ratings

Paatos Crossover Prog

Review by UMUR
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars "Sensors" is a live album by Swedish progressive rock act Paatos. The album was released through Mellotronen Records in 2007. "Sensors" was recorded live in Karlsruhe (Germany), Paris (France) and Zoetermeer (The Netherlands) in November 2006. So itīs not one cohesive live recording but rather the best versions of the tracks from those three shows. The CD and the vinyl version also feature different tracklists. Well...itīs actually the same 7 tracks but they are shuffled around. While it may sound like an issue, itīs not really that big of a deal, because as a consequence of the sparse audience reactions between tracks, and the even more sparse band interaction with the audience, the silence between some of the tracks arenīt that obvious and doesnīt ruin anything.

The tracklist comprises tracks from all three studio albums, that the band had released up until then: "Timeloss (2002)", "Kallocain (2004)" and "Silence Of Another Kind (2006)". Itīs interesting though, that the band have chosen only to include "Your Misery" from "Silence Of Another Kind (2006)", which was their latest studio album release at the time, and three tracks from each of the two predecessors.

The music is female led atmospheric rock with the occasional progressive rock section. Paatos are distinct sounding because they insist on using vintage keyboards/synths and especially the mellotron is a dominant instrument in the soundscape. Piano, guitar, bass and drums are the other instruments most prominent in the bandīs sound. This provides Paatos music with a warmth and organic quality thatīs greatly charming. Their tracks are for the most part vers/chorus structured but especially the tracks from "Timeloss (2002)" feature progressive structures and ideas. Itīs the strong and intense vocal delivery by Petronella Nettermalm (who also plays cello) thatīs mostly the center of attention though.

The band are very well playing and their performance here is top notch. Petronella are also at the top of her game and only very rarely is she slightly out of tune. The sound production is well sounding and powerful too, so all in all "Sensors" is a great live recording by Paatos and a 4 star (80%) rating is deserved. Iīll even recommend this over some of the bandīs studio output.

 Timeloss by PAATOS album cover Studio Album, 2002
3.88 | 138 ratings

Paatos Crossover Prog

Review by sinslice

4 stars "I'm a flower, smell me." With that description makes its Petronella's beautiful voice in the second track Hypnotique, accompanied by soft music that goes in crescendo as the song progresses. Towards the end, the guitar takes over with some catchy lines, well seconded by the flute and the rest of the band. Quits is a percussionist and programmer composition huxflux Nettermalm, and this can be seen in the performance, battery dominates in a fast paced, well accompanied by bass guitar of Dimle, and all the arsenal deployed by keyboardist Wallén. In the last four minutes we hear a trumpet style Crimson. Sensor opens the album with a leading mattress mellotron and energetic singing Nettermalm Petronella, closing with Moog style riffs. Téa is an intimate song, a soft piano provides the basis for the singing in Swedish, accompanied by an arpeggiated guitar, mellotron again appears to move in the same sections stronger. They are Beautiful is more intimate yet, but a fascinating beauty.
 V by PAATOS album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.55 | 41 ratings

Paatos Crossover Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

4 stars Paatos were formed in Sweden in 2000, and was originally formed by two guys from Landberk (Reine and Stefan) and two from Agg (Ricard and Johan) to act as a backing band for the folk singer Turid. From there they decided to create their own band and brought in Ricard's partner Petronella as lead singer. A year later they recorded their first single, "Tea", which had been written for them by Turid. Now all these years later they have released their fifth studio album which has four new songs and four that have either been revisited or remixed, and "Tea" is one of those.

Although I haven't heard their last studio album I do have the other three and I have always been impressed with the way that Petronella's clear vocals work so well with the often complex and sometimes dissonant music that is underneath. She soars high above whatever is going on, allowing the guitar to play chords, pick a few notes, or even be absent altogether. These are songs that don't look back in the way that some prog music does, but instead is all jagged edges and being very much of the present. In a perfect world this would be chart music or at the very least get radioplay as it brings the listener into their world yet manages to maintain a certain commercial feel throughout. There are some who will question if this album even fits into the genre at all, as it is right on the edge, but to be honest who cares? This is a really strong album, with powerful yet ethereal female vocals and is one I could play all night.

 Breathing by PAATOS album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.72 | 106 ratings

Paatos Crossover Prog

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

4 stars I've seen PAATOS described as Art Rock meets Post-Rock to Cinematic Rock but whatever name tags you want to throw at these guys know for certain that this is Swedish melancholia at it's best. The clear and pure voice of Petronella is the focus as usual and she just continues to impress me. The one thing I kept thinking while listening to this album was how well these songs would go over in a live setting.

"Gone" stands out for me because it reminds me of THE GATHERING when Anneke sang for them. Just a killer intro with bass as the sound explodes with vocals. It settles back but the contrasts do continue. Killer drumming late in this powerful opener. "Fading Out" is also powerful in it's own way and I like the guitar expressions. "Shells" features strummed guitar before it kicks in with vocals. Lots of depth and atmosphere as usual. Check out the vocal melodies 3 1/2 minutes in. "In That Room" has a dark atmosphere to start. Vocals and a beat before 1 1/2 minutes and chunky bass 3 1/2 minutes in. "Andrum" has lots of atmosphere, piano and more.

"No More Rollercoaster" has a nice drum intro then vocals before a minute. Some huge bass lines as well. The guitar after 3 1/2 minutes is inventive. "Breathing" has an experimental intro then it kicks in after a minute. Vocals follow. Powerful sound before 4 minutes then the vocals return. "Smartan" opens with atmosphere and sparse piano as dreamy vocals join in. Drums follow in this powerful track. "Surrounded" and the next two songs are my least favourites. This song is still good though especially late. "Ploing, My Friend" is a very short piece that sounds like toy piano or something. "Precious" is laid back with vocals. It's okay. "Over And Out" ends the album in style. The bass and drums are killer. A much better song than the previous three.

An solid 4 stars from me.

 Breathing by PAATOS album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.72 | 106 ratings

Paatos Crossover Prog

Review by Marty McFly
Special Collaborator Errors and Omissions Team

4 stars Ethereal vocals. That's the main catch of this album called "Breathing". But beware, unlike a drowner, catching his breath frantically, this album is rather calm, deep swallowing of air around you.

Almost psychedelic (hypnotical is the word) experience, some of you will be caught in a weird trance-like state, gasping for more. But more of what you may ask - well, as many acts here in Crossover Prog genre, Paatos too is slowly rolling forth and back from Prog to Pop Rock territory, catching some Prog elements along the way, but in overall, this is certainly easy listening album, but the point is its variety, even in a very subtle way. You will get sometimes almost symphonic experience, while sometimes it is aforementioned PopRock style. But beware, it is never a cheap sound.

4(-), great harmonies and calmness.

 Timeloss by PAATOS album cover Studio Album, 2002
3.88 | 138 ratings

Paatos Crossover Prog

Review by Sinusoid
Prog Reviewer

4 stars It is beautiful.

If you've ever listened to a song, album or otherwise where the mood, atmosphere and emotion either really connected or were pulled off in a completely credible way, I tell you I've had that experience with TIMELOSS. Everything that Paatos is trying to convey in terms of what I've just stated is executed convincingly, striking that spot in the brain which triggers that spot in the heart that makes me emote. It's a great album overall whether or not prog is discussed, but I say that TIMELOSS is one of the better ones of the genre.

It takes the mellotron balladry from the early King Crimson days with jazz-scapes and indie rock with a little flair. ''Tea'' is just about the perfect example of what to expect with the mellotron padding, subtle guitar flourishes, beautiful vocals, dynamic changes abound and a drummer that goes completely berserk at the end. Those nitpicky about the prog thing would be glad to know that aside from the keys, we get verses in 15. The other three of the first four songs have a similar feel with ''Sensor'' being mostly loud, ''They Are Beautiful'' being rather quiet.

''Quits'' deserves a segment of its own because it's where TIMELOSS goes to another dimension and splits the prog community in half. Quite the noisy, repetitive track that nods more to trip-hop and electronica than mellotron prog ballads. It's done rather well, particularly the section where the guest brass section goes bananas over that instilled rhythm. For me though, the subtle guitar echo in the verses and the keyboards make this a keeper for me. The lone problem is that I have a fifteen minute version of this track that spends the last 2.5 minutes on a (barely audible) ping.

TIMELOSS is not that perfect of an album, but it's mark in prog rock shouldn't be overlooked. The only rough track is ''Hypnotique'' as it takes time to start, but that's because I forget the flutes and the timely mellotron line at the end. The instrumentation is about the subtlest I've heard as most of the members don't overdo the playing in order to make that connection with the audience. That is except drummer Huxflux that might sometimes speak as a lead instrument. Maybe not that groundbreaking, but pulled off well enough to get it to near essential status.

 Breathing by PAATOS album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.72 | 106 ratings

Paatos Crossover Prog

Review by Moneypulated


After I had listening to this album dozens of times, I must admit that Its music really touches my inner self so deep. Up to the Sublime opener "Gone" to the closing song "Over and Out" I coudn't find any single weak track on it.

On this 4th studio album the band decided to focus more on the songwriting process and the arrangement aspects of the entire project and the result is something really close to perfection in my own opinion. Even if probably there is less room for improvisation in the songs structures rather than it was in their even more proggy debut album "Timeloss", their music still preserves its own melanchonic, haunting, dark tones and the beautiful voice of Petronella is still the perfect element to it!

As I have already said before, There is no one filler track in here but, If I had to choose my favourites, I surely pick the Pink Floyd inspired "Faiding Out", as like the before mentioned opener "Gone", with its great bass-line played by the newest member of the band: Uffs Rockis Ivarsson that seems to be inspired by Geddy Lee of Rush! The mezmerising and Gothic flavoured "Samrtan" with its haunting and mysterious Swedish Lyrics and last but not least the excellent and dynamic "No More Rollercoster" with its great drum patterns but a special mention here goes to the beautiful, haunting guitar solo played by the excellent Peter Nylander on the closing section of the song.

So, in conclusion, I think "Breathing" is the group best musical effort since their debut "Timeloss" in terms of quality of the music and songs, It's beyoud any doubt! 4 Stars and half!

 Breathing by PAATOS album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.72 | 106 ratings

Paatos Crossover Prog

Review by lazland
Prog Reviewer

3 stars This new 2011 release from Swedish band Paatos is my first taste of the band, but will not be my last, for this is a pleasing album. If, like me, you have a particular taste for rich female vocals, a well produced work, and a clever ear for mood swings, then this album might well be for you.

It starts of with a mighty statement of intent on Gone, a very clever pop/rock track which also creates a wonderful wall of sound. I particularly enjoy Ivarsson's bass work, and there is definitely enough clever musicianship abound in this track to keep most prog fans happy.

Fading Out follows, which is a single length track which brings to mind, for me, Bjork in her Post era in the vocals and music at the start, but then a more traditional prog sound with Banks like keyboards takes over, prior to a reprise of the opening bars at the denouement. This is a nice short track with lots going on.

Shells is a fine piece of music, combining some lovely vocals, pastoral keyboards and orchestration. Perhaps the highlight of the album for me, it is melancholic and almost yearning.

If that, however, was melancholic, things turn quite a shade darker on In That Room, with many passages reminding me of the extremely clever, and haunting, movements on the two Lunatic Soul offerings. Another very clever, and very good piece of music.

Andrum is a short piece with some good woodwind and brass and ethereal chanting, and, especially, more very clever bass work between the orchestrals. This takes us into No more Rollercoaster, which takes the mood elsewhere again, and is, essentially, a post modern rock track. It's good enough, but I, for one, would have far preferred the band to have developed Andrum more as an extended piece of music, simply because it was more interesting.

The title track is the longest on the album, coming in at just short of six minutes, and is a return to form. Again, I hear quite a lot of influences at play here, and I am sure that the band have listened to some of Gabriel's more ethnic influenced stuff in addition to the aforementioned Lunatic Soul. This is another darker track, with Nettermalm's vocals losing any sense of innocence, and combined with understated guitar, a thumping rhythm section, and cello, it creates a rather doom laden pastiche very effectively.

Smartan continues the theme with mournful cello, piano, and effects linking with some more extremely fragile vocals. It is, again, extremely well executed, but you do, at this stage, however, begin to look for a somewhat lighter touch in the mood, and this is brought to us by Surrounded, which is a very good pop/rock song with delicate prog sensibilities and reminds me a bit of some of Magenta's lighter moments. It is, however, very welcome as taking us back to the mood of the opening tracks before the gloom totally took over.

I have no idea what Ploing, My Friend is all about, except to say that it is just short of one minute of percussive noodling and plinking. Perhaps it was Petronella's tea break, I don't know, but, whatever, when things return to normal with Precious, it is welcome. This is a very good commercial track that will have prog purists running for cover, I suppose, but I like it in much the same way as I still enjoy the better indie music that is out there. I especially like the keyboard work on this track.

The album closes with Over & Out, which is rather like its predecessor in terms of impact and influence, excepting it's not as good.

This is a good album, and I would recommend it to those who enjoy intelligent, modern rock music, without necessarily having to have prog in every note or passage. I especially like Nettermalm's vocals - she is a real talent, and, overall, the band are a very tight and effective unit.

Three stars for this. A very good album that is not remotely essential in terms of a prog collection.

 Breathing by PAATOS album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.72 | 106 ratings

Paatos Crossover Prog

Review by Conor Fynes
Prog Reviewer

4 stars 'Breathing' - Paatos (7/10)

The term 'progressive rock' has come to mean a wide variety of different sounds and styles over the course of the past forty years. To some, Swedish band Paatos may sound like an indie act more than anything, but this art rock group should be of some interest to anyone who is looking for a more modern sound in prog. This is a female-fronted band whose music is highly song-based, and melodic. Although this band has been around for a while, they have always treaded on the underground, but hearing this latest album 'Breathing' as my first introduction to them, they appear to be one of those groups that doesn't get nearly as much respect as they deserve. 'Breathing' is a charming collection of songs that are instantly likeable; a great record to put on for any time a progger is looking for something a little less challenging to enjoy.

The songwriting of Paatos on 'Breathing' is very melodic and concise, with no moments where the instruments jump out of the song structure and do their own thing. Everything here is meant to contribute to the song, and back up the lovely vocals of Petronella Nettermalm, whose charismatic and sultry delivery bears a resemblance to the voice of Bjork. These songs are quite beautiful and have an optimism to their sound that I find really refreshing in prog. Beyond the songwriting alone though, these songs are backed up and driven by great instrumental arrangements, although things are kept pretty conservative when it comes to musicianship. The album has a somewhat Floydian approach in the sense that it is quite mellow and dreamy, especially in the flange of the guitars.

The highlight here are the vocals of Nettermalm, whose voice is distinctive enough to distinguish Paatos apart from other acts. The instrumentation is not particularly inventive or dazzling, but it is enough to make these songs sing. I did not expect to hear anything challenging or life-changing with Paatos' 'Breathing', and truth be told; there's nothing here that seeks to shake boundaries and leave a big mark on prog history. What we experience here however are well-crafted songs, and a kind presentation of something that much prog seems to lose in translation; the art of melody.

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