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4 stars This is a double live album taken from their two concerts in Toyko, Japan October 11,12 1997.There are two songs on this double live recording that cannot be found on any of their other albums. "Road To Nowhere" which is a great sounding instrumental and "Tabatah" which features some incredible bass playing by Jan-Erik.This was recorded before "From Within" was released, so many heard "Groundbound", and "Slow Fire" here for the first time. Of the other 10 tracks, five are from "Vemod" and five from "Nucleus". One thing a lot of people may not know is that the mellotron sounds are actually "samples", there was no mellotron played live on stage.This still is a great live recording with no overdubs !

"Karelia" is one of only two tracks that doesn't sound quite as good as the studio version. After a solemn intro mellotron comes in after a minute. Here we go ! 2 minutes in with lots of bottom end. Love the guitar that follows as it settles down.The contrast continues. Great song ! "The Old Man & The Sea" is one of my absolute favourites from the band. It starts heavy with some pounding drums before it settles as vocals arrive after a minute. Love this part. It kicks back in after 3 minutes. Huge bass as the tempo picks up. Great section especially as the mellotron storms in. "Harvest" opens with reserved vocals and a mellow sound. It turns violent quickly though. Love the contrasts in this one. "Slow Fire" opens with a heavy industrial soundscape with mellotron. It settles with vocals a minute in. Another fantastic song that demonstrates their aggressive and pastoral sides. "Thoughts In Absence" gives us a chance to breathe. A beautiful mellow tune. I really dig the vocals. "Road To Nowhere" features lots of bottom end. Mellotron 2 1/2 minutes in as the guitar lights it up.This is too much ! "Book Of Hours" opens with those familiar keys that give this song away quickly. Listen to the snarly bass and the drums as the sound builds. Mellotron 3 minutes in. I just can't imagine sitting at this concert at this moment. It settles 4 minutes in as vocals arrive. It kicks back in after 6 minutes, it's even heavier a minute later with a mellotron flood. "The Flow" doesn't kick in until after 2 minutes. It gets heavier after 3 minutes.Vocals 3 1/2 minutes as it calms down.The growly bass 4 minutes in with mellotron sounds amazing ! Angular guitar 7 1/2 minutes in with huge bass lines. When the song ends Anna says "Thankyou very much."

Disc two begins with "Groundbound" which is mellow with vocals and strummed guitar, even when bass and drums come in it stays fairly calm. Mellotron 3 minutes in.The melody then stops and then this ground shaking bass comes in with odd metered drumming. Guitar rises out of this soundscape as the intensity increases. Mellotron joins in and check out the drumming ! It continues to build until it breaks 6 1/2 minutes in as the vocals and a calm return. "Where Solitude Remains" is heavy with mellotron right out of the gate. Killer bass. It settles but the tempo picks up speed. Vocals join in. A jazzy section follows. Gasp ! The guitar comes ripping in at 6 1/2 minutes. Priceless ! A chunky rhythm ends it. We're not worthy ! "Wheel" is another classic ANEKDOTEN track that I love. A powerful intro gives way to a heavenly sound with bass and vocals.This contrast continues. An all out assault after 2 minutes. Mellotron 4 minutes in and I really like the way it's building. Emotion 6 1/2 minutes in. So amazing ! Mellotron 7 minutes in. So much bottom end. Killer ending. "Tabatah" opens with guitar as a nice heavy rhythm comes in. Great song. "Nucleus" hits the ground running. A ton of bottom end as the mellotron arrives. It settles with vocals 1 1/2 minutes in. The contrast continues. Angular guitar 3 1/2 minutes in to end it. "Rubankh Part 1 & 2" is very heavy at first but it calms down with mellotron quickly. Heavy again after a minute. Very cool sound 4 1/2 minutes in of cymbals, bass and mellotron. It's slowly building. Incredible sound 9 minutes in.

A must have for ANEKDOTEN fans as this live document mostly covers material from their first two albums.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |


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