Book of Reflections | Chapter II: Unfold the Future

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Chapter II: Unfold the Future

by Book of Reflections

power metal mixed with prog metal, technical and hook filled at the same time
Genre: Metal/Punk: Progressive Metal
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1. Unfold The Future
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2. Bringer of the Torch
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3. Free My Soul
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4. Heal Me
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5. Uncover the Lie
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6. Ashes to Ashes
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7. Make Sure You Don't Fall
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8. Deep Inside
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9. Blink of an Eye
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10. Got to Get Low
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11. Love Conquers All
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Book Of Reflections' CD Chapter II: Unfold The Future is a potent, musically accomplished mix of progressive metal and classic hard rock, showcasing strong melodic sensibilities. Lyrically the album is varied focusing on topics from distrust in the political world to a celebration of life, along with a couple of sad love songs. On the album?s direction, project leader Lars Eric Mattsson comments, "The idea was to continue where the first album ended and take the music a few steps forward. The songs are a little bit less predictable but easier to listen to. It was a long journey as there are many musicians and singers involved. The songs are all good songs with memorable choruses while still not using too many cliches." The album is home to a number of top class musicians from the Lion Music roster such as vocalists Bjorn Jansson (Tears Of Anger) and Martin LeMar (Tomorrow's Eve). In addition to Mattsson?s fiery fretwork is the guitar talent of Anand Mahangoe (Sphere Of Souls). Mistheria (Bruce Dickinson) contributes keyboard solos on four tracks while long time Mattsson collaborator Eddie Sledgehammer plays drums


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Mikolaj Furmankiewicz

Book Of Reflections - Chapter II: Unfold the Future
Every CD with Mr. Mattsson's music is a listening challenge for me. The same is with the second act of his project Book Of Reflections. First CD has carried up artistic level very high, so I wondered if its successor would keep pace with it.

First of all, I'd like to stress that "Unfold the Future" differs from the debut, so you can consider it a promising mark. Lars plays three instruments - guitar, bass guitar, keys and tries his hand at singing as well. He invited two other vocalists well-known in progressive world: Björn Jansson (Tears Of Anger, Beyond Twilight) and Martin LeMar (Tomorrow's Eve). You can hear a Dutch guitar virtuoso - Anand Mahangoe in a few solos and Italian keyboard master - Mistheria. I had made a faux pas, if I wouldn't have mentioned Mattsson's faithful buddy - Mr. Eddie Sledgehammer on drums.

With that crew, Lasse decided on combining progpower with hard rock music. As always, all the solos are perfectly arranged, but you can as well count on catchy vocal parts and nice ballads. Obligatorily, it doesn't lack the Middle East influences in Lasse's parts. Anand is only a guest axemaster, so don't expect furious guitar duels between him and Lars. There are not many guitarists who play in such a specific style like Mattsson. I can take a risk and write that his guitar's sound is impossible to be mixed up with others. I haven't listened to such attention-riveting keys and orchestrations for a long time. As far as vocal parts are concerned, I can only write that Jansson and LeMar are professionals, and their vocal feats are really subtle. Mattsson's vocal is more quarrelsome and typical of melodic hard rock. His manner makes me think of Bernhard Weiss of Axxis. It's a good differing element in Mattsson's music and infuses that genre with new blood, haha.

Generally speaking, "Unfold the Future" is an album full of unconventional progpower metal based on guitar fundament. Lars hasn't covered his ideas from the debut and that is a great plus for him. He is exceptional at composing, arranging and performing. Lasse is also a well-acting institution himself and possesses all features of a true virtuoso. I have never been disappointed with that Finnish musician. He always writes intelligent music for open-minded listeners only!

Paul T. Jennings

Better Than Their First!!
Solid, interesting power/prog album. Great musicianship.