Friday, June 7, 2013
Magnus Karlsson - Free Fall
Magnus Karlsson - Free Fall (2013) Frontiers Records
Produced by Magnus Karlsson
Tracks : 1.Free fall 2.Higher 3.Heading out 4.Stronger 5.Not my saviour 6.Us against the world 7.Our time has come 8.Ready or not 9.Last tribe 10.Fighting 11.Dreamers and hunters 12.On fire
3 out of 5
Swedish guitarist/songwriter Magnus Karlsson is one of the most hardworking men in the hard rock/metal business, he has collaborated with singers like Tony Harnell in Starbreaker, Russell Allen and Jorn Lande in Allen/Lande, Mark Boals in The Codex, Bob Catley, Michael Kiske as well as a member of Primal Fear since 2008. Now, he releases his first solo album "Free fall" with Daniel Flores (The Murder of My Sweet) on drums. Magnus handles the lead vocals on 3 tracks and he does it good, the music is more melodic than Primal Fear and not as power metal oriented but still very heavy. The most interesting thing about this album is the impressive line up of singers such as Herman Saming (A.C.T), David Readman (Pink Cream 69), Mike Anderson (Star One), Tony Harnell (TNT), Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear), Russel Allen (Symphony X), Mark Boals (Yngwie Malmsteen), Rick Altzi (Masterplan) and Rickard Bengtsson (Last Tribe).
The album is well produced and the songs might be predictable but they are performed with class, it´s cool that the song his former bandmate Rickard Bengtsson from Last Tribe sings on is called.....well, Last Tribe. The song rocks too. Other highlights are "Stronger" with Tony Harnell, "Fighting" with Herman Saming and "Us against the world" with David Readman.