Magnus Karlsson’s FREE FALL – Kingdom Of Rock [Japanese Edition] (2015)
Two yeas ago guitarist/songwriter Magnus Karlsson (Primal Fear, Kiske-Somerville, Starbreaker, Allen-Lande) released his debut solo album titled Free Fall, which featured guest vocals from several A-list singers who had collaborated with him in the past. Fortunately, that was not just a one-off project. Karlsson is back (rebranded as Magnus Karlsson’s Free Fall) with a new offering, titled “Kingdom Of Rock“.
Like the previous record, “Kingdom Of Rock” features a who’s who of guest vocalists, including Jorn Lande (Allen-Lande, Jorn), Jakob Samuel (The Poodles), Joe Lynn Turner (Sunstorm, ex-Rainbow, ex-Deep Purple), Tony Martin (ex-Black Sabbath), David Readman (Pink Cream 69), Rick Altzi (Masterplan), Tony Harnell (Starbreaker, ex-TNT, Skid Row), Harry Hess (Harem Scarem) and Rebecca De La Motte.
Karlsson himself sings on two tracks, in addition to handling all of the songwriting, guitars and keyboards. Jacob Hansen (Pretty Maids) is on hand to produce the album.
In few words, Karlsson is arguably the best songwriter in Melodic Hard Rock / Melodic Metal today, and he delivers another fantastic collection of songs in “Kingdom Of Rock”.
The compositions range from Melodic Hard Rock to Melodic Metal, but never get too heavy or too soft. And Karlsson definitely writes to each singer’s strengths.
Joe Lynn Turner and Harry Hess get the more melodic rock songs, while Rick Altzi and David Readman get the more thundering, powerful cuts. The title track, which features Jorn Lande, is a lot of fun, and brings back the Allen-Lande magic.
“Out of the Dark,” with The Poodles’ Jakob Samuel, is another highlight, and hopefully won’t be the last time these two work together.
One of finest moments on the CD (and one of the best metal songs released this year) is “When the Sky Falls” with the incredible Tony Martin. This song is so gloriously epic and ’80s Black Sabbath sounding that it will give you chills.
“Kingdom Of Rock” is another first class rocking album from Magnus Karlsson. It’s actually probably stronger overall than his first in terms of songwriting and production, and obviously the vocals are dynamite.
If you’re a fan of any of Karlsson’s previous work – especially Last Tribe and Allen-Lande – “Kingdom Of Rock” is a must-have album. And if you’re a fan of bands like Pretty Maids, Pink Cream 69, TNT and Masterplan, this may just be your new favorite album.
It’s definitely a contender for the ‘Best of 2015’ list.
Victor Entertainment ~ MICP-11248
1. Kingdom Of Rock (feat. Jorn Lande)
2. Out Of The Dark (feat. Jakob Samuel)
3. No Control (feat. Joe Lynn Turner)
4. When The Sky Falls (feat. Tony Martin)
5. Angel Of The Night (feat. David Readman)
6. I Am Coming For You (feat. Magnus Karlsson)
7. Another Life (feat. Rick Altzi)
8. Never Look Away (feat. Tony Harnell)
9. A Heart So Cold (feat. Harry Hess)
10. The Right Moment (feat. Rebecca De La Motte)
11. Walk This Road Alone (feat. Magnus Karlsson)
12. No Control (Acoustic Version) (Japan Bonus Track)
Magnus Karlsson – Guitars, Bass, Keyboards, Vocals
Jaime Salazar – Drums (Allen/Lande, Last Tribe)
Jorn Lande (Masterplan, Allen/Lande)
Jakob Samuel (The Poodles)
Joe Lynn Turner (Rainbow, Malmsteen, Deep Purple)
Tony Martin (Black Sabbath)
David Readman (Pink Cream 69, Voodoo Circle)
Rick Altzi (Masterplan, At Vance)
Tony Harnell (Skid Row, TNT, Starbreaker)
Harry Hess (Harem Scarem)