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OFFICIAL BOOTLEG - LIVE IN JAPAN

Anekdoten

 

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erik neuteboom
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5 stars In the early Nineties the Scandinavian prog rock emerged with many KING CRIMSON inspired bands. Their music was often layered with the Mellotron, I still use to wear a self made t-shirt during concerts with a picture from ANGLAGARD's sensational debut- album "Hybris": a Mellotron M400 placed in the middle of the lush Swedish forests. But my favourite Scandinavian band is the Swedish formation ANEKDOTEN. When I had just joined the Dutch prog rock paper SI Magazine I received a promo CD from their legendary debut- album "Vemod" ('93). It blew me away, especially the sensational, very moving Mellotron intro in the song "Karelia", what an emotional experience! So I was very pleased with the release of the 2-CD "Live In Japan (Official Bootleg)" from 1998. It's a perfect registration of their compelling progressive rock sound. The compositions have very dynamic climates, often changing from mellow to sumptuous, loaded with violin-Mellotron by Anna Sofi Dahlberg (also voice and cello). The electric guitar play ranges from fragile twanging to heavy riffs and fiery soli. The rhythm section is very distinctive in ANEKDOTEN's music: a powerful, often aggressive bass sound and strong and propulsive drumming, this Peter Nordins is a very inventive powerhouse! Although ANEKDOTEN has obvious hints from KING CRIMSON it's unfair to compare their music with that pivotal band because they have created their own, very unique sound. The use of two different singers, bass player Jan Erik Liljeström and guitarist Nicklas Berg, contributes to this element, both have a special emotional undertone. One of the best live albums from the last 20 years, play it loud!!
erik neuteboom | 5/5 |

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