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Released: 2000, Lion Music
Lars Eric Mattsson has been around the music scene since 1985 when he was "discovered" by Mike Varney of Shrapnel records. In 1988 he signed to Black Dragon Records out of France and released 3 CDs. "Eternity" (1988), "No Surrender" (1989), and "Electric Voodoo" in 1991. In 1992 Lars Eric Mattsson's Vision was released and in 1994 Mattsson hooked up with vocalist Bjorn Lodin (ex Baltimore) and recorded "Astral Groove".He recorded another Vision album in 1996 and in 1997 released another solo CD called "Obsession". To record this CD he got together Bjorn Lodin: vocals, Eddie Sledgehammer: drums and percussion, Ella Grussner and Cockie Starling: backing vocals and special guests: Patrick Rondat, Erik Norlander, Rob Johnson, Par Lindh and Esa Pietila. Mattsson himself plays guitars, bass and keyboards. "Another Dimension" has 14 tracks and is a eclectic mix of straight ahead metal, hard rock and progressive metal with some little twists and turns thrown in for good measure.
There are a number of standout tracks on this release. Track 3 "Don’t Chain My Mind" is a straight ahead metal tune for the most part with a very interesting keyboard solo half way through courtesy of Erik Norlander. The opening track titled "Hell" is also a straight ahead rocker with lots of shredding. The title track is a great instrumental tune that brings together some of the best elements of Mattsson. Shredding guitars, pounding bass drums, slow guitar bridges and great keyboards. "Angel Blue" highlights some great Violin from Ella Grussner and "Road of Babylon" showcases the great vocals of Bjorn Lodin. This guy is a bit different. He has a very rough, almost bluesy voice which you wouldn’t think would fit well with this type of music but he pulls it off great and adds that much more uniqueness to the songs. "Wait for Angels" is another standout track. This song starts with 70s type keyboard intro but the song is pure prog metal. There are also 2 standout ballads on the CD. The first being "Don’t Lose Your Patience" which has a slight Dream Theater feel and "Memory Lane" will transport you back to the 80s when you could actually hear a song like this on the radio. Outstanding track.
There is something on this CD for almost everyone. Whether you like power, prog or just straight ahead metal you will find something to like on this disc. Lars Eric Mattsson embraces a wide variety of styles and is not afraid to colour a little outside the lines as he does on "Cry No More" when he uses a saxophone on the album closer "Cry No More" Mattsson is a little off the beaten path but if you like a mix of prog metal, hard rock and powermetal then this CD delivers.
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