Released: 2002, Frontiers Records
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall
At last the follow-up record to “The Ritual” of Last Tribe is here. Once again they have created splendid world-class hard rock. They are still melodic, but the neo-classical parts are gone.
The leader, Magnus, once again chose to make his record in the Roastinghouse Recording Studio in Malmö, Sweden. The record is produced and mixed by Magnus/Anders (Theo) Thenander. The production is brilliant. The sound is really heavy.
Magnus has changed people compared to the debut so now the band consists of:
Magnus Karlsson guitar and keyboard
Rickard Bengtsson lead-vocals
Jaime Salazar (Midnight Sun) drums
Dick Löwgren (Armageddon,Arch Enemy and In Flames) bass
Magnus and Rickard are the only original members of the band. Magnus is very impressive. He seems to have the capacity to be one of the new guitar heroes, much like Yngwie Malmsteen was in the eighties. Rickard on lead vocals is also impressive. He has a wide register, and his voice suits the music.
The songs and the music are written by Magnus. The only exception is “Wash Your Sins Away,” where Rickard helped. All the material is new production. This wasn’t the case on the record “The Ritual,” where the band used old material. The first album consisted of songs that were going to be on the next Midnight Sun album. Accordingly, what they called their debut album was not technically Last Tribe, and, instead, this album should be called their real debut.
Personal favorites are “Witch Dance”, “Messenger”, “Wash Your Sins Away” and instrumental “Agadie,” where Magnus has a tremendous solo on guitar and shows his skill as guitar player.
For lovers of melodic hardrock, this is a “must have” album. I am hoping that we get to hear these guys live on tour. Unfortunately, they didn’t tour after their so-called “debut” album, so we can only hope that they will on this one.
For more info about the band: http://www.lasttribe.net