(8/10) ‘Et Ex’ is an album that might not be very relevant for the ones of you being fully into metal and harsh riffs. Gösta Berlings Saga performs instrumental music that has not too much in common with with headbanging, denim and leather. Although the album covers some louder sounds here and there, it’s more the bigger soundscapes that dominate.

The band has its starting date in 2000 and hails from Stockholm’s suburb Vällingby. It took six years before the debut was unveiled. Three additional albums have been added until 2016 with the new album, ‘Et Ex’, being available in the shops since a few weeks.

The eight songs cover a range from experimental sounds ‘Over and Out’ to complex music (‘The Shortcomings of Efficiency’) to cinematic moments like in ‘Capercaillie Lammergeyer Cassowary & Repeat ‘. Keyboard and electronica play an equally important role while guitars kicking in here and there. The closer ‘Fundament’ includes all these elements. Rolled-out in nine minutes the song has an atmospheric, but rocking beginning that turns into electronica-based soundscapes half-way, reminding me of Alan Parsons.

‘Et Ex’ touches listeners emotion as well as it follows a structure that is very well thought through. Nothing on this album ‘just happens’. There is a reasoning for every note played, done with a certain ease and in a way that also none musicians can find enjoying moments. 

Gösta Berlings Saga is a challenging piece of music that you shouldn’t miss if you’re interested in tunes that are certainly not a soundtrack for headbanging. Interesting, demanding, confusing and approachable.





  1. Veras tema
  2. The Shortcomings of Efficiency
  3. Square 5 
  4. Over and Out 
  5. Artefacts 
  6. Capercaillie Lammergeyer Cassowary & Repeat 
  7. Brus från stan 
  8. Fundament



Label: InsideOut

Genre: Progressive Rock

Release Date EU: October 12th, 2018


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