Lars Eric Mattsson | Earthbound

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by Lars Eric Mattsson

Instrumental progressive metal/guitar virtuoso
Genre: Metal/Punk: Instrumental Metal
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1. From the Skies
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5:08 album only
2. Earthbound
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7:47 album only
3. Time Capsule
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3:41 album only
4. Delhi
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3:17 album only
5. ShredHead
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3:07 album only
6. The Orchid
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7. Free Wind
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8. Song of the Woods
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9. Closed Eyes
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10. ...Later
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Album Notes
Earthbound is the stunning new instrumental album from Lars Eric Mattsson (Mattsson) and his first instrumental release in over 14 years. Earthbound finds Mattsson in an eclectic mode with open arrangements and playing right from the soul that travels from the melodic to the progressive. On the album Lars comments, “After finishing my progressive metal rock opera "War" earlier this year I felt the need to do something that was quite the opposite, so I took an almost minimalist approach and as opposed to what you hear on "War". My new solo album Earthbound is just me and a drummer, as few instruments as possible, no vocals and very little keyboards, so it really is a guitar album in every aspect. It's not overblown when it comes to production and recording with the aim to keep things simple while still exploring new territory.” Instrumental Guitar (Electric (Heavy)/Hard Rock/Progressive), total running time, 43:33


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Mikolaj Furmankiewicz

Lars Eric Mattsson - Earthbound
I do respect Lasse to his ability to lead his own label and record unusual music at the same time. There was a short interval between his "War" and "Earthbound", and actually they were published in the same year. Undoubtedly, "Earthbound" is unique, special and long-awaiting album for Mattsson's fans. Fourteen years earlier, he recorded the third solo release, but the first instrumental one titled "Electric Voodoo". I have just started my love affair with Lars' music by that album, haha. Therefore, if you don't like instrumental guitar music, you'd better pass over "Electric Voodoo" and "Earthbound". Personally, I love both instrumental and vocal music, so Lasse can always count on my attention and sincere critique, haha.

I looked forward to "Earthbound", because it had offered an opportunity to compare new album with "Electric Voodoo". The man who gets a feel for such a music genre knows what would be further after first tunes. Mr. Mattsson together with his precious colleague - Eddie Sledgehammer have created the instrumental opus magnum! The most specific feature of Lasse's style is an ability to develop compositions, give them different tints, dissimilar sonic colours and play around with musical shades. A guitarist brightly uses the electric sitar - an instrument that should be known from Malmsteen's works. But Lasse uses it in different way. Malmsteen has stayed by its Persian origin, however Lars uses that instrument in Indian "strain" ("Delhi") or treats it as a substitute for wah-wah ("The Orchid"). Most tracks are played at fast tempo, but there are as well calm ("The Orchid") and nostalgic ones ("...Later"). I'd like to listen to a duo Mattsson-Blackmore. I am thinking of "Song of the Woods" whose acoustic character perfectly fits to the concept of Blackmore's Night. Mattsson's genius at designing and performing technical compositions is revealed in shredding track - "ShredHead". The worst thing is that I can't pick on something in extraordinary Lars' music, haha!

Lars has convinced me to himself with his brilliant rendition and melodies. "Electric Voodoo" is an album with neoclassical-shredding metal music, however "Earthbound" consists more of guitar progression and less keys a bit. Lasse's music is composed and played as magnificently as John Petrucci's "Suspended Animation", so we deal with the music on highest world's level!