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Trettioåriga Kriget - Krigssång

Trettioåriga Kriget - KrigssångSwedish prog band, Trettioåriga Kriget (trans. Thirty Years War), recorded their second album, Krigssång, in 1975.  Originally released in 1976, 2004 saw Krigssång (trans. War Song) and their debut album re-released on CD (high quality CD size digipack) to coincide with the release of Elden av år (their first new album since 1981).

Krigssång is more melodic and cohesive than the debut album and loaded with prog right from the offset, the title track Krigssång.  As for the debut album CD booklet, there is no mention of any keyboards except for two of the three bonus tracks yet, once again, Mellotron can clearly be heard every now and again.

Rightly or wrongly, I sense that Dutch progmeisters Focus were an influence on a couple of tracks at least.  There is a delicate acoustic guitar solo on Jag Och Jag Och "Jag" that is pretty close to the main melody of Focus' La Cathedral de Strasbourg which appeared on the Hamburger Concerto album of 1974.

I am aware of one or two comments made by persons who have heard Krigssång that they consider the music to be more on the side of rock than prog but I strongly disagree.  Unless you consider the output of YES circa 70 - 74 to be rock, Krigssång is most definitely prog.  And rather good prog at that.

Jem Jedrzejewski

Trettioåriga Kriget



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