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SYMPHONIC HOLOCAUST
Written by Greger Rönnqvist

This album is really special to me because of many reasons. Let me tell you the story why.

When I was doing the Swedish military service 1987-88, there was a guy at the same regiment that I learned to know. The guy was Stefan Dimle and he would have a lot of influence on my future life. By that time he had a band called Kajuku and I taped some songs from him. One of the songs was "Älvkungen" that I really liked. He also used to have tapes with him that I borrowed. He introduced me to band such as Höst, Captain Beyond, Weed, Toad, Svanfridur, Mayblitz, Yellow, Garybaldi and others. Before that I had only listened to the big progressive rock groups such as Marillion, King Crimson and Genesis. Now a whole new world was open for me, and I became a real progressive fan. That was he's musical influence on me.

Once in a while he also brought horror movies to the regiment and we used to watch them when we were off duty. It was movies such as "The Beyond", "The House By The Cemetery", "City Of The Living Dead", "Cannibal Holocaust" and "Zombie". Most notably was the Italian director Lucio Fulci. The movies and the soundtracks that often were played by the Italian band Goblin astounded me. That was he's movie influence on me.

Stefan Dimle later started he's own record store and label Mellotronen, and became the bass player in one of the best Swedish progressive bands through time, Landberk.

On this album the best of both worlds is brought together. This is a musical collaboration with four of Sweden's best musicians in the progressive field. Two members of Anekdoten (Nicklas Berg & Peter Nordins) and two members of Landberk (Stefan Dimle & Reine Fiske), playing those legendary horror movie soundtracks. The CD includes 8 tracks. The edition is 1000 ex. The first 500 copies are packed in a beautiful special paper sleeve. The music is all-instrumental and contains music from "City Of The Living Dead"; "The Beyond"; "Rosemary's Baby"; "Beyond The Darkness"; "Cannibal Holocaust"; "Golden Girls" and two new songs: "Threats Of Stark Reality" and "Symphonic Holocaust", they are written by the four members of Morte Macabre.

Another great thing about this album is that each member plays the Mellotron. I really love the Mellotron, and here you got plenty of it. If you like the Mellotron, you have to love this album. But there's also some other interesting instruments here: Fender Rhodes, Theremin, Sampler, Guitar, Bass, Moog, Violin, Drums & Percussion.

The guitar player Reine Fiske is a man that has a great influence on the music wherever his participating. When I played this album to a friend of mine, he, without knowing what band it was, asked: "Is it the guitar player of Landberk?" There are not many guitar players that I know that has such an original way of playing. In Sweden we got Roine Stolt and Reine Fiske.

The aforementioned Italian band Goblin writes the best track. It's called "Quiet Drops" and was written for the movie "Beyond the Darkness". Here you can hear Reine Fiske at his best. Another very beautiful song is "Opening Theme" from "Cannibal Holocaust". A Mellotron drenched piece that makes your soul bleed. I also like "Sequenza Ritmica Etema" from my favourite horror movie "The Beyond".

This is definitely, without competition, the best album put out in 1998. It's also one of the best albums from the 90's. This is a true masterpiece in the progressive genre. If you like dark progressive rock like Goblin, Museo Rosenbach, Landberk, Cathedral and Italian horror movies, this is really something for you. Recommended!

The vinyl version (2-LP in blood-red vinyl) will be released in March 1999, and it's gonna have 1 bonus track: "Irrealta di Suoni aka Suoni Dissonanti", from "City Of The Living Dead".

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