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  • Audio CD (January 1, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Musea/Virta
  • ASIN: B000M32T72
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #433,556 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Karelia
2. The Old Man And The Sea
3. Where Solitude Remains
4. Thoughts In Absence
5. The Flow
6. Longing
7. Wheel

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 the 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. The double-CD "Live In Japan" allows us to enjoy their live and musical performances. "From Within" (1999) shows a return to a less tough and more "anglagardian" music, still within a wonderful melancholic tension. As for the newcomer "Gravity" (2003), it succeeds in mixing ANEKDOTEN's typical style with more modern influences. That's how the eight songs on the album take you to a new direction, sometimes sweet and acoustic, even psychedelic, and sometimes atmospheric (Ala RADIOHEAD). Along with king Mellotron, you can now find the Farfisa organ, sounding very much like late Sixties tunes. Very well producted, this great album will please various audiences, and the fans will still love it. Total class ! Please notice the splendid Picture LP versions of all albums to date.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "progrock86" on July 24, 2002
Format: Audio CD
With the release of the stunning "Vemod" album in the mid-90's, it was apparent that Anekdoten was going to become a major fixture on the prog scene.
And so they have, and why not? With music like this, its difficult to see how it wouldn't appeal to a prog fan. While citing King Crimson as an obvious influence (3 of the members used to play in a King Crimson tribute band), this band has a sound that is all their own. The album opens with the dark, gloomy mellotrons of "Karelia," which soon evolves into a full force instrumental rocker. While maintaining the heaviness and energy of heavy metal, this track has much more than boring power chord riffage. The tune has loads of nimble guitar workouts, dissonant patterns, and yes, some chords. The confident Bruford-esque drumming and growling bass provide a strong, concrete foundation for the guitar, mellotron and cello that accentuate the song.
"The Old Man of the Sea" starts of with some heavy but complex riffing (odd meters) which segue into the vocal sections, which are a bit mellower. Though the group has two lead vocalists, it is difficult to distinguish between them. While they are decent overall, at times there is an annoying vibrato, and a bit of off-key notes. These, however, are only minor distractions. Anyway, the vocal sections are mellower and 70's sounding with piano, then this scorching, psychotic, screaming riff comes flying in, leading the track into some dark and sinister prog metal, not of the Dream Theater type, but of a much grittier, gothic styling.
Thundering guitar and a nice chromatic mellotron ascension open up "Where Solitude Remains," a track that blends loud and soft parts to great effects, and has a very strange dark and doomy feel to it. Features more obligatory, but certainly not boring riffing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By bogubundus2 on April 18, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I agree with some of the other reviewers that Anekdoten is a group which requires repeated listenings to get into. At first what sounds like noise and chaos grows on you the more you listen and as you realize that this is by design, not by accident. For example, the raw, ragged guitar sound which some might say borders on sloppiness may cause the listener to think that the guitar player can't play, but the precise solos in "The Old Man & the Sea" and "Where Solitude Remains" prove that this can't be true. Anekdoten's sound is totally unique; they sound unlike any other progressive rock group I have ever heard - definitely not run-of-the-mill and definitely not boring. Their sound is comprised of distorted guitar chords building massive walls of sound, interspersed with beautiful, quiet, introspective, melancholy passages of mellotron, piano, and cello. This is all overlaid over an excellent Wetton-style bass-and-drum combination that is either hard driving or melodic as the mood requires (no boring thump-thump one and two-note bass lines here!). And although they sometimes fail in their execution, especially in the area of vocals, which range from slightly off-key to badly off-key (if the vocals in "The Flow" don't make you cringe, you must be tone deaf), I give Anekdoten an "A" for their approach and uniqueness.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Toland on January 18, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This Swedish quartet started out very much in the vein of Red-era King Crimson on their debut album Vemod. Tough, gritty guitars, nimble, distorted Rickenbacker bass and clear vocals are augmented by cello and mellotron for a sound both lush and rough. It's also loud, very loud. And it rocks. Recommended for fans of the uglier side of prog and loud guitar bands in general.
Anekdoten would go on to further develop this sound on Nucleus before bringing the mellotron to the fore for the concept album From Within.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bogubundus2 on April 18, 2001
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I agree with some of the other reviewers that Anekdoten is a group which requires repeated listenings to get into. At first what sounds like noise and chaos grows on you the more you listen and as you realize that this is by design, not by accident. For example, the raw, ragged guitar sound which some might say borders on sloppiness may cause the listener to think that the guitar player can't play, but the precise solos in "The Old Man & the Sea" and "Where Solitude Remains" prove that this can't be true. Anekdoten's sound is totally unique; they sound unlike any other progressive rock group I have ever heard - definitely not run-of-the-mill and definitely not boring. Their sound is comprised of distorted guitar chords building massive walls of sound, interspersed with beautiful, quiet, introspective, melancholy passages of mellotron, piano, and cello. This is all overlaid over an excellent Wetton-style bass-and-drum combination that is either hard driving or melodic as the mood requires (no boring thump-thump one and two-note bass lines here!). And although they sometimes fail in their execution, especially in the area of vocals, which range from slightly off-key to badly off-key (if the vocals in "The Flow" don't make you cringe, you must be tone deaf), I give Anekdoten an "A" for their approach and uniqueness.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Tonya on April 21, 2006
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WOW. That just about sums it up. I'm a big fan of early King Crimson, especially the sound of the melotrons, odd time signatures, jazzy drumming, and melodic dissonance. They definitely show their roots as a King Crimson cover band, which some might hold against them. However, I also noticed a lot of Nothingface era Voivod in their music, especially the bass playing. The drumming is excellent and really fits the music well. The vocals are nothing special, but considerably better than the vocals on the King Crimson albums Red and Starless and Bible Black. If you pick up their subsequent releases you can hear how they develop their own style and discover why many consider them one of the premier progressive rock bands in the world.

If you're an early Crimson fan, I can't see how you wouldn't love this album. It is just about a perfect extension of that vein of music. My first listening to this album had me hooked and each subsequent listening only makes me want to listen to it again! Highly recommend, if not utterly essentially in any KC fan's collection.
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