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The Last Viking

by Johansson

Melodic metal, also featuring Göran Edman and Mike Romeo.
Genre: Metal/Punk: Progressive Metal
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1. The Last Viking
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2. Burning Eyes
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3. Valhall Scuffle (instrumental)
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4. Fading Away
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5. Forest Song
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6. In the Mirror
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7. Close to You
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8. Carry Me
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9. Winter Battle (instrumental)
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10. Alone
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Last Viking

Interesting combination of keyboard and guitars.
I really liked a few songs. The second instrumental in particular. But overall, I found it lacking. I think the keyboards often drowned out the brilliant guitar of Michael Romeo... I think the keyboards were good, but would have been better if more integrated into the music rather than standing out like they did.

dave devine

uriah heep meets king crimson
music is arangment are good but tipical for this genre, vocals are were they should good on the proper note but a littel weak as he goes up for those higher notes witch are not that high

Lamneth

Awesome Neoclassical Progmetal
This is sort of like Malmsteen without the annoying Yngwie fella. The guitar work is toned down and the keyboards play a more dominant role, which is naturally expected since this the band is named after a pair of keyboardists. Romeo does do a fine job with the guitar work on the CD. The melodies are stong and this is one of Goran Edman's better performances on any album of his that I've heard him do, with the exception of perhaps Karmakanic. Valhall Scuffle is a fast-paced instrumental with one of the most unreal drum performances I've heard. This album has it all: Power-driven metal, slower ballads, great hooks, and most importantly a memorable album. If you like this album, also check out Harmony - Dreaming Awake or the new Harmony album.

toto

YOU KNOW THE NAMES, YOU KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT
Jens and Anders Johansson, Mike Romeo and Goran Edman are the creators of this great CD ! Leaded by the fantastic Keyboards from Jens they bring us a crossfire of great melodic/neoclassical Heavy Rock/Metal-Songs ! Often such Projects are a bit boring but this one is absolutely NOT ! Expect the best of this 4 great musicians and you know what you got ! A MASTERPIECE !

Chris Marshall

A great CD with amazing technical playing
Simply put, this is a fantastic album. Johansson is amazing on keys; he uses various samples instead of the standard power metal sound. Mike Romeo continues to amaze me with his guitar playing, he is the best thing to happen to guitar since Randy Rhodes. The singer performs well, but isn't very remarkable. Johansson takes the front seat on this one; the keyboards are definitely at the forefront. The title track is stellar.

Daniel Bergh

Awesome and cohesive! In my top30 of all metal.
Have we heard the same cd? I read the other reviewers and agreed on just one part - Michael Romeos guitarwork is too far back in the mix and he could also have had looser reigns on the solos.

Otherwise, this album is all about neoclassical moods and arrangement. Not about rock, heaviness, coolness or whatever. The arrangements have a very subtle and clear prototypical neoclassical form. Jens Johansson always mixes up his songs so they never sound boring or stale even though they are very clearly defined (arranged).

It's really nice to hear Goran Edman because he knows this genre and feels what is needed and what is over the top. The complaint about his singing of the higher notes I do not understand. He sings them as good or better as any. And the notes are high, believe me, you couldn't probably sing anywhere near where he sings yourself...

This cd is a cohesive album. And by that I mean that there is a theme throughout the record. All songs are typical neoclassical styled and the mood is the same for the record as a whole. How often do we see that these days?

The performers are great, the songs also and the production ok. This is a cd that you will come back to again and again and again if you're a fan of neoclassical chord progressions and moods - it's all over this record! In my top30 of all metal albums. Now it's time for you to familiarize yourself with this.

Daniel Bergh

Awesome and cohesive! In my top30 of all metal.
Have we heard the same cd? I read the other reviewers and agreed on just one part - Michael Romeos guitarwork is too far back in the mix and he could also have had looser reigns on the solos.

Otherwise, this album is all about neoclassical moods and arrangement. Not about rock, heaviness, coolness or whatever. The arrangements have a very subtle and clear prototypical neoclassical form. Jens Johansson always mixes up his songs so they never sound boring or stale even though they are very clearly defined (arranged).

It's really nice to hear Goran Edman because he knows this genre and feels what is needed and what is over the top. The complaint about his singing of the higher notes I do not understand. He sings them as good or better as any. And the notes are high, believe me, you couldn't probably sing anywhere near where he sings yourself...

This cd is a cohesive album. And by that I mean that there is a theme throughout the record. All songs are typical neoclassical styled and the mood is the same for the record as a whole. How often do we see that these days?

The performers are great, the songs also and the production ok. This is a cd that you will come back to again and again and again if you're a fan of neoclassical chord progressions and moods - it's all over this record! In my top30 of all metal albums. Now it's time for you to familiarize yourself with this.

Paul Adrian Villarreal

A perfect combination!
To me this is a very Deep Purple sounding album. For the most part it's straight ahead rock, with prog colorations here & there. The musicianship is FANTASTIC. Romeo cites Shawn Lane and Allan Holdsworth as influences, and the Johansson Bros. have worked with both, so this is a very fitting addition! The double lead in Fading Away is breathtaking and one of the coolest instrumental passages I've ever heard! I agree that I'd have liked to hear Romeo more in the mix (but that's cause I'm a Romeo fanatic) on the other hand I REALLY enjoy the unique sound of this mix. One more thing, why has no one mentioned the AWESOME drumming on this cd!!??? Thanks Jens for another AWESOME effort!