Krigssång (1976)

Krigssång (Warsong)- TRETTIOÅRIGA KRIGET originally released in February 1976.
Rereleased and remastered with bonustracks in 2004.


  1. Krigssång- Warsong 4:40
  2. Metamorfoser- Metamorphosis 4:40
  3. Jag och jag och ”jag”- I and I and “I” 3:22
  4. Mitt mirakel- My miracle 3:36
  5. Murar- Walls 4:25
  6. Krigssång II- Warsong II 17:37
  7. En kväll hos x 5:18
  8. Dagspress-76 5:15
  9. Moln 3:25


Music by Stefan Fredin except
tracks 2 and 3 music by Christer Åkerberg, track 4 music by Dag Lundquist
and track 5 music by Fredin-Lundquist-Åkerberg.
Lyrics by Olle Thörnvall.

Album recorded and mixed at Polyvox Studio, Stockholm, Sweden july-august 1975
by Peter In de Betou.

Bonustrack 7 recorded live at Mariahissen, Stockholm, Sweden November 1977.
Bonustracks 8 & 9 recorded at Grunden, Saltsjöbaden, Sweden spring 1977.

Original cover artwork: Johan Gullberg
Cover design: Ossie
Photos: Johan Gullberg, Jan-Åke Persson, Tomas Johansson
Remastered by Claes Persson & Dag Lundquist at CRP Recording, Stockholm, Sweden
June 2004.

Arranged by Trettioåriga Kriget
Produced by Trettioåriga Kriget

Stefan Fredin- bass guitar, vocals
Dag Lundquist- drums, violin, Mellotron, vocals
Robert Zima- vocals
Christer Åkerberg- electric & acoustic guitars


So Floyd emails me. Says he’s got a stack for me to review….Great, I say. Can’t wait. When the package arrives I’m faced with six albums by artists I’ve never heard. I decide to start with Trettioåriga Kriget’s Krigssång, from 1975. A little research reveals that the band is still active with its lineup intact and that they played Prog Day in Chapel Hill, just down the road from me. I figure this could be good. So after having a couple of listens to this, what do I think? I think this is one of the best progressive rock albums I’ve ever heard.

The keyboards are very understated, but when present, support the other instrumentation nicely. The stars of the show is the bass work of Stefan Fredin and the guitar of Christer Åkerberg, although Dag Lundquist’s drum work is top notch as well. Robert Zima’s vocals are strong as well, but listeners not familiar with the Swedish language may need a few listens to get adjusted to it, but once you do you’ll discover Zima has a wonderfully rich, evocative voice.

The first five tracks are all relatively short and every song is near perfection in execution and composition. This is exactly how shorter progressive pieces should be done. Nothing ever stays around in the songs to get boring and yet, you never feel like anything is rushed or hurried for the sake of getting in an extra guitar figure or bass run. These songs are economical and exciting.

The highlight of the album is the 17 minute title track. I can’t really find the words to accurately describe just how good this is. You’ll just have to find out for yourself.

The production is perfect throughout the album. The particular copy I have is remastered and was reissued last year on the Mellotronen label. Three additional tracks are included, but as is the case in may reissues they sound a bit tacked on. All three are very good and almost as good as the songs on the actual album, but should be taken as what they are, extra songs.

Krigssång is one of those albums where everything works. A towering work.