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Magnus Karlsson

Wed
04
Oct

DEVOID - Cup Of Tears (Showcase)

Artist: 
Cup Of Tears
Produced By: 
Devoid
Release Date: 
October 13
Released: 
Worldwide
Genre: 
Melodic Metal
 
MelodicRock Records is excited to bring the peddle to the metal with a brand-new artist for fans of hard hitting, but very melodic metal.
 
Introducing DEVOID – a debut album with the star power of a seasoned veteran artist; it features the respected vocal talents of Carsten ‘Lizard’ Schulz and special guest appearances by Mattias Ia Eklundh (Freak Kitchen - guitar), Henrik Danhage (Evergrey - guitar), Daniel Palmqvist (Beyond The Katakomb - guitar) and Magnus Karlsson (Primal Fear/The Ferrymen - guitar).
 
PRE-ORDER DEVOID 'CUP OF TEARS' NOW (OUT OCTOBER 13) $15 (+$5 SHIPPING WORLDWIDE)
 
 
 
NEW PREVIEW:
 
 
 
DEVOID is the brainchild of French guitarist extraordinaire Mael Saout (Shadyon). Combing both technical finesse and outstanding arrangements with extremely memorable chorus hooks, the debut album ‘Cup Of Tears’ doesn’t have to hide behind the greats of the melodic/prog genre.
 
Apart from establishing a brilliant line up for the band itself, featuring German vocal powerhouse Carsten Lizard Schulz, Shad Mae also managed to include some stunning guest performances by some of the finest guitarists out there!
 

 
Line Up:
Shad Mae (guitars)
Carsten Lizard Schulz (vox)
Jorris Guilbaud (keys)
Ben Toquet (bass)
Ben Wanders (drums)
 
Tracklist:
01. Soldiers
02. Otherworld
03. Collective Heart
04. The Clock Is Ticking
05. Killing Hands
06. Religion (Preview Track)
07. Agony
08. Final Breath
09. Colours Fade To Grey
10. Mind Keeper
11. Cup Of Tears
12. Hollow Point
 
Co-Produced/Mixed and Mastered by Gwen Kerjan at Slab Sound Studio
Artwork by Nello Dell'Omo
 
DEVOID ‘Cup Of Tears’ will be released via MelodicRock Records on Friday October 13!
 
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Wed
27
Sep

DEVOID 'Cup Of Tears' Pre-Order Now

Artist: 
 
MelodicRock Records is excited to bring the peddle to the metal with a brand-new artist for fans of hard hitting, but very melodic metal.
 
Introducing DEVOID – a debut album with the star power of a seasoned veteran artist; it features the respected vocal talents of Carsten ‘Lizard’ Schulz and special guest appearances by Mattias Ia Eklundh (Freak Kitchen - guitar), Henrik Danhage (Evergrey - guitar), Daniel Palmqvist (Beyond The Katakomb - guitar) and Magnus Karlsson (Primal Fear/The Ferrymen - guitar).
 
PRE-ORDER DEVOID 'CUP OF TEARS' NOW (OUT OCTOBER 13) $15 (+$5 SHIPPING WORLDWIDE)
 
 
 
NEW PREVIEW:
 
 
 
DEVOID is the brainchild of French guitarist extraordinaire Mael Saout (Shadyon). Combing both technical finesse and outstanding arrangements with extremely memorable chorus hooks, the debut album ‘Cup Of Tears’ doesn’t have to hide behind the greats of the melodic/prog genre.
 
Apart from establishing a brilliant line up for the band itself, featuring German vocal powerhouse Carsten Lizard Schulz, Shad Mae also managed to include some stunning guest performances by some of the finest guitarists out there!
 

 
Line Up:
Shad Mae (guitars)
Carsten Lizard Schulz (vox)
Jorris Guilbaud (keys)
Ben Toquet (bass)
Ben Wanders (drums)
 
Tracklist:
01. Soldiers
02. Otherworld
03. Collective Heart
04. The Clock Is Ticking
05. Killing Hands
06. Religion (Preview Track)
07. Agony
08. Final Breath
09. Colours Fade To Grey
10. Mind Keeper
11. Cup Of Tears
12. Hollow Point
 
Co-Produced/Mixed and Mastered by Gwen Kerjan at Slab Sound Studio
Artwork by Nello Dell'Omo
 
DEVOID ‘Cup Of Tears’ will be released via MelodicRock Records on Friday October 13!
 
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Thu
31
Aug

DEVOID Debut 'Cup Of Tears' Out Via MelodicRockRecords Oct 13

Artist: 
 
MelodicRock Records is excited to bring the peddle to the metal with a brand-new artist for fans of hard hitting, but very melodic metal.
 
Introducing DEVOID – a debut album with the star power of a seasoned veteran artist; it features the respected vocal talents of Carsten ‘Lizard’ Schulz and special guest appearances by Mattias Ia Eklundh (Freak Kitchen - guitar), Henrik Danhage (Evergrey - guitar), Daniel Palmqvist (Beyond The Katakomb - guitar) and Magnus Karlsson (Primal Fear/The Ferrymen - guitar).
 
DEVOID is the brainchild of French guitarist extraordinaire Mael Saout (Shadyon). Combing both technical finesse and outstanding arrangements with extremely memorable chorus hooks, the debut album ‘Cup Of Tears’ doesn’t have to hide behind the greats of the melodic/prog genre.
 
Apart from establishing a brilliant line up for the band itself, featuring German vocal powerhouse Carsten Lizard Schulz, Shad Mae also managed to include some stunning guest performances by some of the finest guitarists out there!
 

 
Line Up:
Shad Mae (guitars)
Carsten Lizard Schulz (vox)
Jorris Guilbaud (keys)
Ben Toquet (bass)
Ben Wanders (drums)
 
Tracklist:
01. Soldiers
02. Otherworld
03. Collective Heart
04. The Clock Is Ticking
05. Killing Hands
06. Religion (Preview Track)
07. Agony
08. Final Breath
09. Colours Fade To Grey
10. Mind Keeper
11. Cup Of Tears
12. Hollow Point
 
Co-Produced/Mixed and Mastered by Gwen Kerjan at Slab Sound Studio
Artwork by Nello Dell'Omo
 
DEVOID ‘Cup Of Tears’ will be released via MelodicRock Records on Friday October 13!
 
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Fri
11
Aug

THE FERRYMEN - The Ferrymen (Review)

information persons: 
content: 
59%
Produced By: 
Magnus Karlsson
Release Date: 
2017
Released: 
Worldwide
Musical Style: 
Melodic Metal
Score: 
59
Label: 
Frontiers
Artist: 
 
Normally anything with the name Magnus Karlsson attached to the credits would be an instant blind purchase. No questions asked! His output with Allen/Lande, Codex, Starbreaker and his own Free Fall project has been nothing short of exemplary.
 
Now we have The Ferrymen, a project with vocalist Ronnie Romero (Lords Of Black, Rainbow), together with drummer Mike Terrana.
 
I struggled with this from day one. And I kept at it because its Mangnus Karlsson right? But it didn’t take. Now after a month without listening, I’m again playing at maximum volume and really soaking up that monster guitar and rhythm section Magnus so easily delivers.
 
But the vocals still aren’t doing it for me. I’m used to a warmer, more melodic tone to accompany Magnus’ work. But more pointedly – I’m really still failing to connect with the songs themselves.
 
The opening bombastic anthem End Of The Road is cool; Still Standing Up has a good vocal melody and the ballad One Heart certainly has impact.
Tracks like Darkest Hour have the ingredients there, but just don’t have the warmth of past material.

 
The songs just aren’t there and the vocals leave me cold I’m afraid to say. There’s no issue at all with the musical performances or production, it is just a project that looked good on paper, but failed to deliver in reality.
 
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Thu
06
Apr

THE FERRYMEN Make Land on June 2

Artist: 
Frontiers Music Srl is truly excited to present THE FERRYMEN’s self-titled debut album, set for release on June 2, 2017!
 
The Ferrymen is a brand new project featuring guitarist Magnus Karlsson (Primal Fear, Magnus Karlsson's Free Fall) and vocalist Ronnie Romero Official Site (Lords Of Black, Rainbow), together with drummer Mike Terrana (Rage, AXEL RUDI PELL, MasterPlan, and more).
 
Watch the band's official EPK here: 
 

 
The songs were written by Karlsson in Sweden during the summer of 2016. Once Romero was sent the music via their main bands' shared label home Frontiers, he immediately wanted to be part of the project. Terrana was the last piece of the puzzle and he recorded his drums in Italy, where he currently resides.
 
The resulting album is a shot of adrenaline for all lovers of melodic metal! Musically, you can expect maximum melodic metal fusing the songwriting and epic structures of the great ALLEN/LANDE records (for which Magnus Karlsson was the main architect of the first three widely praised releases) with the Ronnie James Dio-esque vocal approach of Romero. (Let's not forget that Romero was hand-picked by Deep Purple (1968-1976) and Rainbow's legendary guitarist Richie Blackmore to be the lead vocalist for Rainbow's recent reunion shows, so the Dio comparison is more than accurate!)
 
Tells Magnus, “When I wrote this record, having Ronnie singing, I had no limits in mind with the lyrics. Ronnie could sing everything and I am also very proud of the songs!”
 
“I am used to working with Lords of Black in a certain straight style,” adds Ronnie Romero, “but, this record was very different and it was very exciting for me!”
 
“Overall, I think it is one of the coolest and grooviest records I’ve ever done,” concludes Mike Terrana, a drummer with more than 100 records under his belt!
 
With stunning artwork courtesy of Stan W. Decker and an outstanding mix courtesy of Simone Mularoni (of Italian prog metal masters DGM), THE FERRYMEN is an album which will take the metal world by storm in 2017!
 
THE FERRYMEN tracklisting:
 
1. End Of The Road
2. Ferryman
3. Fool You All
4. Still Standing Up
5. Cry Wolf
6. One Heart
7. Darkest Hour
8. How The Story Ends
9. Enter Your Dream
10. Eyes On The Sky
11. Eternal Night
12. Welcome To My Show
 
THE FERRYMEN
Ronnie Romero – vocals
Magnus Karlsson – guitars, bass, keyboards
Mike Terrana - drums
 
 
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Wed
11
Nov

MAGNUS KARLSSON'S FREEFALL - Kingdom Of Rock (Review)

information persons: 
content: 
95%
Produced By: 
Magnus Karlsson
Running Time: 
54
Release Date: 
2015
Released: 
Worldwide
Musical Style: 
Hard Rock / Melodic Metal
Score: 
95
Label: 
Frontiers
 
Swedish guitarist Magnus Karlsson (the man behind Allen/Lande, Starbreaker and more) returns with his second “Freefall” album, featuring another cast of all-star guests and powerhouse melodic metal/hard rock songs.
Following the acclaim of his solo debut, Magnus had a lot to live up to here. In my opinion, he does so with ease, even if this time the emphasis is slightly different than the first opus.
 
Kingdom Of Rock is just as powerful and as perfectly produced and mixed as the debut, but this is a more commercial record with a hard rock heart – even some powerful ‘melodic rock’. The metal edge has definitely been toned down.
Some of that has to do with the guest vocalists involved. All music and lyrics as well as everything but the drums (added by Jaime Salazar), plus all the production is from the hand of Magnus. That’s really quite extraordinary for an album of this caliber.
 
Kingdom Of Rock (Jorn Lande, vocals) is classic Magnus/Allen Lande and the perfect opener. Also my favourite track on the album just for Jorn’s killer vocal and the melodic hook in the chorus.
Out Of The Dark (Jakob Samuel, vocals) is something resembling The Poodles but all metal baby! Jakob’s voice stretches that bit further to hammer out a great hard rock song here.
No Control (Joe Lynn Turner, vocals) is JLT at his best also. The track is essentially a heavy melodic rock track with a great catchy chours.
When The Sky Falls (Tony Martin, vocals) is a slower, moodier and heavier track and Tony sounds brilliant. A nice melodic metal track that has a hint of Dio to it.
 
Angel Of The Night (David Readman, vocals) is another chunky hard rocker, this time with PC69’s David Readman controlling the sound. And as with the other tracks, Magnus let’s David’s personality shine through.
I Am Coming For You is another fairly commercial hard rock track, with Magnus himself on vocals. He really does have a good voice, he could easily carry this project by himself.
Another Life features current Masterplan vocalist Rick Altzi and swiftly manages to sound better than anything off the last Masterplan album.
 
Never Look Away is brilliant. Another fast moving melodic hard rocker, with the brilliant Tony Harnell delivering a Starbreaker friendly track. His voice and Magnus’ sound are just wonderful to hear each time. A great chorus takes it over the top.
A Heart So Cold could be one of the surprise tracks. Harem Scarem’s Harry Hess goes metal for this all-in rocker with a big chorus and even bigger vocals. Harry adapts brilliantly to the heavier sound and rips through this.
The Right Moment (Rebecca De La Motte, vocals) is a big symphonic ballad that could easily be on a Within Temptation or Nightwish album. Love it!
The album closes with Magnus on vocals again. I’m really enjoying the tone of his voice and Walk This Road Alone is a heavy, slightly progressive metal track that takes the album out on a heavy (and classy) note.

 
This is an easy one. If you have any Starbreaker/Allen Lande/MK produced album in your collection, then this is a buy or die release.
If you like melodic metal or hard rock with a heavy but melodic edge and can appreciate some of the best vocalists in the business doing their thing, this also demands buying.
A thoroughly enjoyable album that is consistently strong throughout, despite the use of different vocalists which can sometimes bring a project unhinged. Not on this occasion!
Categories: 
Release Year: 
2015
 
Tue
22
Sep

Magnus Karlsson’s Free Fall - “Kingdom Of Rock” Lyric Video (Feat. Jorn Lande)

 
Who is ready for the premiere of the first track from Magnus Karlsson's Free Fall's new album? Please check out the title track, "Kingdom Of Rock" featuring the one and only JORN LANDE on vocals!
 
Magnus Karlsson's Free Fall's KINGDOM OF ROCK will be released on November 6th and can be pre-ordered here:
http://radi.al/MagnusKarlsson 
 
All MP3 pre-orders include instant downloads of the title track, "Kingdom Of Rock".
 
Tue
01
Sep

MAGNUS KARLSSON'S FREEFALL Returns With 'Kingdom Of Rock'

 
Swedish axeman MAGNUS KARLSSON is back with the second album of his solo project FREEFALL entitled “Kingdom of Rock”!
Out on Frontiers in November!
 
Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the release of the sophomore album from MAGNUS KARLSSON’S FREEFALL “Kingdom Of Rock” on November 6th.
 
Magnus Karlsson is the mastermind behind several Frontiers Music Srl productions, including the successful initial ALLEN/LANDE trilogy, STARBREAKER, BOB CATLEY, KISKE/SOMERVILLE and several others. In 2008, he joined the German Heavy Metal icons PRIMAL FEAR and with them has toured the world and recorded three successful albums that climbed high on the charts in several countries.
 
For this new album – aptly titled “Kingdom of Rock” - Magnus enlisted again a dream team featuring some of the  strongest melodic singers in metal and hard rock! Magnus says: “I didn’t plan to make a second Free Fall album at first but one album wasn’t enough for my wish list of singers… so after the summer last year I started on some ideas. Without pressure or a deadline… just for fun. So I started to look at the list with singers and thought if can I get these guys on board I will work harder than ever before to make the best album I could. I wanted not only some of the best singers I ever heard, but singers that meant a lot to me and that have given me inspiration. For example: Tony Martin and Joe Lynn Turner… I grew up with their music and that made me the musician I am today. It feels unreal to make music with them now!“
 
The final list includes TONY HARNELL (Skid Row, TNT, Starbreaker), RICK ALTZI (Masterplan, At Vance), DAVID READMAN (Pink Cream 69, Voodoo Circle), JORN LANDE, JAKOB SAMUEL (The Poodles), JOE LYNN TURNER (Rainbow, Malmsteen, Deep Purple), TONY MARTIN (Black Sabbath), HARRY HESS (Harem Scarem) and REBECCA DE LA MOTTE. Rounding out the line-up on the album is Jaime Salazar on drums with production duties handled by Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Primal Fear, Amaranthe, Pretty Maids and more).
 
Magnus says, “There is a lot more work in this album. Normally I don’t throw away good ideas. This time I skipped great ideas and replaced it with something better. I don’t want to do the same thing over and over. I want to do something better. I also had a bigger budget for the production and was able to work in great studios. Jacob Hansen did a fantastic job with the mix and mastering and the sound is just what I always wanted. This is not about having big names on the album, this is simply about making the best music I possibly can for the best singers I know!”
 
The final result “Kingdom of Rock” is a Melodic Metal blast which is truly one of the top releases of its kind in 2015!
 
                Enjoy an album trailer following this link:
 
 
Tracklisting:  Kingdom Of Rock (Jorn Lande, vocals); Out Of The Dark (Jakob Samuel, vocals); No Control (Joe Lynn Turner, vocals); When The Sky Falls (Tony Martin, vocals); Angel Of The Night (David Readman, vocals); I Am Coming For You (Magnus Karlsson, vocals); Another Life (Rick Altzi, vocals); Never Look Away (Tony Harnell, vocals); A Heart So Cold (Harry Hess, vocals); The Right Moment (Rebecca De La Motte, vocals); Walk This Road Alone (Magnus Karlsson, vocals).
 
BAND MEMBERS:
Magnus Karlsson - Guitars, Bass, Keyboards, Vocals
Jaime Salazar - Drums
 
 
Categories: 
Release Year: 
2015
 
Wed
28
Jan

The Return Of STARBREAKER

Artist: 
 
STARBREAKER featuring TONY HARNELL and MAGNUS KARLSSON will return with a new studio album in 2016!
 
Frontiers Records posted this update earlier today: "Tony Harnell (ex-TNT) is teaming up with Magnus Karlsson (Primal Fear) again for a brand new STARBREAKER album! We will unleash the album in early 2016."
 
Tony Harnell added: "One of my favorite recording projects "Starbreaker" with Magnus Karlsson will release a new album sometime in 2016! Other news soon..."
 
Categories: 
Release Year: 
2016
 
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