01. Never Stand Down.
04. The Grand Escape.
05. I’ll Find Another Way.
07. The Scream of My Soul.
08. The Fire is Burning.
09. Chain Me.
10. Tour De Force.
11. Slave to the Road.
Adrienn Antal – Lead and backing vocals on
”Never Stand Down”, ”Believe”, ”Tango”, ”The
Grand Escape”, ”I’ll Find Another Way”, ”The
Scream of My Soul”, ”Chain Me”. Markku Kuikka – Lead and backing vocals on
”Believe”, ”The Grand Escape”, ”Shadows”,
”Slave to the Road”. Lars Eric Mattsson – Guitars, bass,
keyboards, sitar, lead and backing vocals on
”The Fire is Burning” and ”The Grand
Escape”. Eddie Sledgehammer – Drums and percussion. The Astral Strings and Woodwinds
Produced and mixed by Lars Eric Mattsson
is a name that has become synonymous with
melodic progressive metal fused with
symphonic, neo-classical and ethnic
touches. This direction is continued and
taken to a higher level for 'Tango',
the fifth album to be released under the
guitarist/composer Lars Eric Mattsson, 'Tango' sees the collaboration between
Mattsson and vocalist Adrienn Antal who first
paired up on 2008’s 'Dreamchild'
release build upon its predecessors impressive
foundations for this overall heavier release.
Yet 'Tango' is arguably more accessible
for the first time listener with tracks such
as 'Believe', 'I’ll Find Another Way' and the title trackepitomising this
commercial aspect. To add another
voice to the album Mattsson has called upon
Status Minor vocalist Markku Kuikka who darker
style contrasts nicely with Antal’s.
is 11 tracks clocking in at close to 73
minutes of some of the heaviest riffs and most
complex musical passages to date from Lars,
yet within the musical virtuosity there is a
common theme of melody with the albums lyrical
inspiration coming from everyday life and the
state of the world.
'The Grand Escape' is e a mini rock-opera
of sorts as it holds a complete story with
sections that could be split into separate
songs. Lars rates this track as "The best
piece of music I have recorded, and it’s
certainly different from anything I have ever
done before in terms of structure”.
Mattsson also finds time for a little humour
in the likes of the title track which takes a
metal take on the 'Tango' theme with
the final product being an eminently
commercial and catchy tune with an almost Abba
like feel, whilst this humour again crops up
on the smoky blues of 'Slave To The Road'.
recording for the album began in June 2009,
although 'Slave To The Road' originates
from 2003 originally intended to be on the
Mattsson album 'Power Games'.
Recording of the album continued into January
2010 taking place in 3 different studios in
Finland and Hungary before Mattsson set about
the final mix and mastering.
• Tango marks the fifth album to date
released under the Mattsson name.
• Accessible progressive metal outfit with
numerous influences from other musical
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