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Background information
GenresProgressive rock, psychedelic rock, art rock, post-rock (early)
Years active1991–present
MembersNicklas Barker
Jan Erik Liljeström
Anna Sofi Dahlberg
Peter Nordins
Marty Willson-Piper
WebsiteOfficial website

Anekdoten is a Swedish progressive rock band, composed of guitarist/vocalist Nicklas Barker, cellist/keyboardist Anna Sofi Dahlberg, bassist/vocalist Jan Erik Liljeström and drummer Peter Nordins.[1] They are notable for the use of the mellotron and their heavy sound dominated by a pounding bass guitar. Their music is associated with the tradition of 1970s progressive rock music, especially that of King Crimson.[2] Since 2015 former The Church guitarist Marty Willson-Piper has been touring with the band.


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Live albums[edit]

Morte Macabre[edit]

In 1998, Nicklas Barker and Peter Nordins of Anekdoten, along with Stefan Dimle (Landberk, Paatos) and Reine Fiske (Landberk, Morte Macabre, Paatos, The Guild) released the album Symphonic Holocaust. The album mostly consists of covered themes from horror movies, such as Cannibal Holocaust and Rosemary's Baby. The music is instrumental and characterised by improvisation and heavy use of mellotron and synthesizers.[4]

My Brother the Wind[edit]

Nicklas Barker has since 2010 been involved in a side project called My Brother The Wind. A debut CD of improvised psychedelic rock entitled Twilight In The Crystal Cabinet was released in May 2010.


  1. ^ "Anekdoten on Myspace".
  2. ^ Nicholas, Steve (January 2001). "Anekdoten - "One of Sweden's brightest exports discusses the band's work and future"". Archived from the original on 25 February 2003. Retrieved 21 February 2017. When Nicklas, Peter and I started playing together in the middle of 1990 we played covers. The first song that we started rehearsing was "Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Part 2," the second was "Lament" and I believe that the third one was "Red." We wanted to see if we could pull off playing Crimso-songs, primarily from the Wetton-era, as this was our main source for inspiration at the time.
  3. ^ Until All The Ghosts Are Gone | ANEKDOTEN released 10 April 2015
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-04-16. Retrieved 2009-03-27.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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