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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 25, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 1995
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Musea
  • ASIN: B0000CAQ5M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #474,350 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Nucleus
2. Harvest
3. Book Of Hours (I. Pendulum Swing/II. The Book)
4. Raft
5. Rubankh
6. Here
7. This Far From The Sky
8. In Freedom

Editorial Reviews

Along with ANGLAGARD, ANEKDOTEN is the most famous example of the new Scandinavian School. This trend mixes dark and gloomy influences with an extreme energy a bit in the way of KING CRIMSON on "Red" or UNIVERS ZERO. The orchestration includes Mellotron and cello (All performed by pretty Anna Sofi DAHLBERG !) and allows to turn in one second from a vaporous atmosphere to the paroxysm of frenzy. "Vemod" (1993) can be considered as a total masterpiece, and "Nucleus" follows right in the wake. A music with a rare intensity which let any listener breathless. Not to be missed !

Customer Reviews

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Its gonna get ugly!
Grant Colburn
The title track is an awesome combination of dissonant chords and beautiful singing that is just mind blowing!
Should be in anyone's prog collection.
Jeffrey D. Elsenheimer

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey D. Elsenheimer on October 17, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I have been breathlessly awaiting this CD since I heard some samples on the band's website. And guess what? I wasn't let down one iota! These cats can play some wicked good music! There is a Crimson vibe, but it is more reminiscent of their later releases in terms of intensity. About the time you relax during a delicious, dark atmospheric interlude, here comes a manic screaching guitar out of left field! So be prepared.... this could cause a coronary in some of our "seasoned" prog lovers. Bizzare time signature changes, dissonant chord structures (hold on, I'm salivating heavily!), awesome song structures and the lyrics aren't too shabby. This is tech- metal meets ambient, meets psych, meets you name it! Quite a smorgasbord. Certainly a disc that merits REPEAT listening (if you can take it!) The only, very slight disappointment is a lack of the beloved mellotron passages. Don't get me wrong, there is ample amount, but I also ordered Anekdoten's debut "Vemod" which should satisfy that craving. If I can't buy Anglagard anywhere, by God I'll take Anekdoten (not a bad replacement, I might add.) I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this to any of my Amazon brethern (or sistern!) Should be in anyone's prog collection.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By P. McKenna on September 24, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Here, the band sure has come a long way from its beginnings as King Edward (a King Crimson cover band).

By and large, it's a loud 'n noisy maelstrom with a surprising amount of detail and nuance, balanced out by mournful cello and those spooky sounding Mellotrons. The rhythm section is relentless in its heaviness, insistent drumming coupled with angry distorted bass not unlike that of Magma at times. Add to this very tasteful Frippian guitar textures (not a lot of solo pyrotechnics here although Nikolas Berg is a more than capable axe-slinger).

The vocals are not the band's strong point exactly, they're not bad really but not really outstanding either. Compositionally, you can hear traces of the 1972-1974 editions of King Crimson but yet there's something markedly different.

I find it difficult to pick out a favorite track as they're all so strong and beautifully written. One that is VERY different from the rest is the closer "In Freedom", which after all the heaviness and gloom offers a ray of hope, underscored by lyrical cello and violins plus hazy Mellotron vibes (a sound not used very often). "Here" is the album's one "dirge" so to speak, buoyed along by funeral drumming and a mournful harmonium.

Like your Prog intense and toothy with lots of that good 'ol Mellotron? Do check this out!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Grant Colburn on September 8, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I'm writing this basically due to amazement that it hasn't been reviewed before. For me this is Anekdoten taking the 70's Crimson sound as far as it could go. One may argue what is the point of an album which borrows much of its style from an earlier band and in some ways I'd agree with them. However considering that King Crimson is a band which often develops a sound and then abandons it, its not like Crimson will ever sound like they did in the 70's. This CD could well be the missing album after Red. The music is unrelenting, the atmosphere bleak like a cold cloudy day in late November when all the leaves have fallen from the trees and snow is soon on its way. And just like a Crimson CD you've gotta be in the mood for music of this sort. Its gonna get ugly! But what a beautiful "ugly" it is. As anyone who knows old Crimson or Anekdoten knows, part of the flavor of the music is defined by dissonance, odd time signatures and MELLOTRONS. The complexity of the arrangements combined with the dirty raw power put this music way above the usual neo-progressive band one usually encounters. The only weak point at times for some in Anekdoten's music has been the vocals yet here the often light and sometimes almost unconfident sounding voices actually compliment the music giving the listener an almost "My God, how can I rise above the din?" feeling. It's the contrasts within the music that make the vocals work like they are fighting to the surface to be heard. After owning almost all of Anekdoten's catalog this album still is the one that grabs me the most. It may be more derivitave than their more recent albums, but its brutal beauty cannot be denied.
If you like your music comforting and melodic it may not be what you are looking for, but for those moments when you want the hair to stand up on the back of your neck, its difficult to find better!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Worgelm on April 11, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Maybe the gnarliest punk-prog opus since the acid-drenched incoherence of Amon Duul II's _Yeti_, Anekdoten strike the metaphorical blow to the temple with this alternately vicious and stunningly beautiful recording from 1995. Operating securely from planet Fripp here - though not without their own unique interpretive qualities - Anekdoten kick up a substantial racket on this album. In the process, they provide a distinctly frosty and Scandanavian counterpoint for the preceding prog revolution going on overseas in the States brought on by the likes of Dream Theater and their ilk.

The songs themselves alternate between moments of plaintive calm, to thunderous dissonance and jagged guitar work, all drenched heavily in mellotron, of which the stunning opener, "Nucleus," is the best example. I've always personally believed that the best "heavy" albums always needed its first song to be a mission statement, and this track is a doozy, propulsive from beginning to end, blending all the talents of the band into a chaotic vortex of sound highlighted by Niklas Barker's mellotron and Anna Sofi-Dahlberg's cello. The intense music neatly ties into the doe-eyed creation themes of the lyrics and suggest the terrifying wonder at the center of reality. Longer epics like "Harvest" and "Book of Hours" ebb and flow more deliberately, building astounding climaxes into the stratosphere and back down again. The most satisfying of these epics is "This Far From the Sky" which opens with a pummeling, Voivod-like riff alternating with wavering cello and textural guitar mosaics.
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