"It's been almost 18 years since the four of us started rehearsing together in a small house in the village of Djurås. Ever since then Anekdoten has been an ongoing part of our lives. ...”
Anekdoten are considered one of the leading bands in contemporary progressive rock. Their intensive, dark, dynamic and original music has also appealed to metal, goth and post-rock fans all over the world.
Anekdoten was formed in 1991 by Anna Sofi Dahlberg, Nicklas Barker, Peter Nordins and Jan Erik Liljeström and the line up has remained intact ever since. Together they have released 5 studio albums on their own Virta label and 3 live albums in Japan, selling over 85,000 albums in the process.
Chapters is a 2CD set which collects tracks mixes tracks taken from the band’s 5 albums along with rarities and unreleased tracks.
Jan Erik explains the choices of tracks, “On the first CD you'll find our favourite songs from our 3 most recent albums. As a bonus we finally did a proper recording of a tune we wrote in 1998 called "When I Turn". The song was not included on from From Within because we couldn't play the piano properly. For this release we asked Per Wiberg of Opeth to help us out, so now we can finally release this baby into the world.
“The second CD mostly contains material from our early years. The disc kicks off with perhaps the most legendary Anekdoten song, the epic "Sad Rain", which previously only has been available in Japan. There are also demo versions of three songs from the Nucleus album. The creative atmosphere that surrounded these recordings made them far too good to lie gathering dust in the archives. Rounding things up are demos of "30 Pieces" and "Prince Of The Ocean"; songs that would be reworked, but not necessarily improved, for our most recent studio album A Time Of Day. All songs have been carefully (re-)mastered by Hans Fredriksson at Audiosense."
Chapters is released on Kscope on May 25th 2009.
"Anekdoten are the finest young prog band in the world today"
1. RICOCHET Taken from the album 'Gravity' released in June 2003
2. THE GREAT UNKNOWN Taken from the album 'A Time Of Day' released in April 2007
3. FROM WITHIN Taken from the album 'From Within' released in October 1999
4. IN FOR A RIDE Taken from the album 'A Time Of Day'
5. THE WAR IS OVER Taken from the album 'Gravity'
6. MONOLITH Taken from the album 'Gravity'
7. A SKY ABOUT TO RAIN Taken from the album 'A Time Of Day'
8. EVERY STEP I TAKE Taken from the album 'A Time Of Day'
9. GROUNDBOUND Taken from the album 'From Within'
10. GRAVITY Taken from the album 'Gravity'
11. WHEN I TURN Previously unreleased. The song was written back in 1997 and recorded December 2008 – January 2009.
1. SAD RAIN (Alt. mix) The first Anekdoten track ever written, originally recorded by Nicklas and Peter in December 1990. This is an alternative mix of the version that appeared as a bonus track on the Japanese edition of 'Vemod'.
2. WHEEL Taken from the album 'Vemod' released in September 1993
3. THE OLD MAN & THE SEA Taken from the album 'Vemod’
4. NUCLEUS (demo) Recorded in April 1995. Another version of the song is featured on ‘Nucleus'
5. BOOK OF HOURS (demo) Recorded in April 1995. Another version of the song is featured on ‘Nucleus'
6. THIS FAR FROM THE SKY (demo) Recorded in April 1995. Another version of the song is featured on ‘Nucleus'
7. 30 PIECES (demo) Demo recorded in May 2006 at Sisu Sound. Mixed in February 2009. Another version of the song is featured on 'A Time Of Day'.
8. PRINCE OF THE OCEAN (demo) Demo recorded in May 2006 at Sisu Sound. Additional overdubbing and mix in February 2009. Another version of the song is featured on 'A Time Of Day'