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TrettioŚriga Kriget - TrettioŚriga KrigetIn 1974, thoughts of Sweden and music were thought by the general populous to mean nothing but popsters ABBA, end of discussion.  Like so many other countries at the time, there was a growing progressive rock movement and in that very year, Swedish proggers TrettioŚriga Kriget released their eponymous debut album.

In 2004, to coincide with the release of Elden av Śr (their first new album since 1981), the band re-released their first two albums on CD, the other being KrigssŚng.

TrettioŚriga Kriget (trans. Thirty Years War) was formed in 1970 in SaltsjŲbaden whilst the members were sill at school and following some line-up changes in those early years, signed to CBS, where they were to remain until 1977, and released this, their debut album, in 1974.

The CD packaging has a quality feel.  In place of the usual jewel case, the CD is presented in a glossy 'jewel case sized' double-fold digi-pack with comprehensive accompanying booklet detailing the band's history with photos and lyrics as sung in Swedish.  Not quite a mini-LP package (the CD is held by splines as in a jewel case) but not dissimilar.

Together with the three rare bonus tracks the CD runs to just under 60 minutes.  The time changes and arrangements have a perceived complexity.  I was trying to recall any prog bands in the early 70's that did not feature keyboards but the extremely cold weather at the time of writing this review has numbed the brain (and everything else for that matter) and no names spring to mind at the moment.  Yet the lack of keyboards on all but one of the bonus tracks on this album (according to the CD booklet) goes virtually unnoticed which must say a lot for the compositions and the playing.  However, you can't always believe the printed word, sometimes things are omitted, and one of these omissions, if I am not mistaken, is the occasional use of Mellotron!

The music has a heavy undercurrent but not in the 'heavy metal' sense.  It is a very original sound which makes any comparisons hard to make other than to say that some of the 'speedy' guitar works carries that YES (or sometimes Focus) sound, the Mellotron, when it makes an appearance, reminds one of Genesis and the vocals, at times, would fit in well with bands such as Deep Purple, Rainbow, etc.

This is a good album  and no doubt influential to newer bands such as ńnglagŚrd.   With tracks such as the terrific Mina LŲjen and Kaledoniska Orogenesen, most prog ears will be flapping happily.

Jem Jedrzejewski

TrettioŚriga Kriget




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