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Tango

by Mattsson

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'
Genre: Metal/Punk: Progressive Metal
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1. Never Stand Down
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2. Believe
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3. Tango
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4. The Grand Escape
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5. I'll Find Another Way
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6. Shadows
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7. The Scream of My Soul
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8. The Fire is Burning
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9. Chain Me
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10. Tour De Force
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11. Slave to the Road
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
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 Mattsson banner.

Led by 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 track epitomising 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.

'Tango' 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 song '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'.

The initial 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.


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Crafting effective neo-classical metal isn't easy, and that's why there are so few bands that can actually do the genre some justice. You need skilled musicians, a vocalist with a wide range (of both styles and notes), and a songwriter who knows how to put together an epic song without allowing it to get too bogged down in its own intentions. This Finnish group definitely has what it takes, and if this album is any indication, they're quite serious about (and very good at) what they're doing. With 11 tracks that collectively clock in at almost 75 minutes, this is a disc that just begs to be listened to over and over. The arrangements are both powerful and intricate, and vocalist Adrienn Antal has a voice so strong and diverse that it seems she was made for this type of music. Want to dive right in? Listen to the almost 11-minute "mini-rock-opera" "The Grand Escape" and see if that does it for you. It will.