Anekdoten are considered as one of the leading bands in contemporary progressive rock. Their intensive, dark, dynamic and for each subsequent release more original music have also made an appeal among metal-, goth- and post-rock fans all over the world.
Their debut album ‘Vemod’ was released in 1993 and was an instant classic.
Let me breathe for a minute. I'm still a little dizzy from the sonic assault of Vemod. This is prog with a sharp edge. Distorted choppy guitar, aggressive thudding bass, wailing mellotrons and a cello. A cello! Anekdoten is from Sweden, a country considered by many to be the center of the modern prog universe. They started out life as a King Crimson cover band. From the sounds of Vemod, I'd say they played mostly Red era stuff. Niklas Berg plays guitar and mellotron, Anna Sofi Dahlberg plays cello and mellotron, Jan Erik Liljestrom plays bass, and Peter Nordin is the drummer. Both Anna and Jan sing. All the vocals are in English. Their playing is uniformly exceptional While the songs are primarily over-the-top aggressive, there is a few slower gems. One is a strikingly beautiful ballad, "Thoughts In Absence". Another, a haunting piece titled "Longing" features mostly cello and acoustic guitar. Even though the majority of the music on Vemod is extremely "heavy", it never really falls into the prog-metal category. An incredible recording! Definitely music to get excited about. You need one.
Louis Hesselt-van-Dinter, Music Uncovered