Category: ART OF ILLUSION

ENBOUND (Lars Säfsund) – And She Says Gold [Japan Edition +2] Out of Print

With the recent Art Of Illusion debut – the new band of Lars Säfsund (Work Of Art) & Anders Rydholm (Grand Illusion) – many of you asked for more Lars Säfsund material. Under the pseudonym of ‘Lee Hunter’, Säfsund was the lead vocalist of Swedish act ENBOUND, recording two albums, being “And She Says Gold” their debut, in this now out of print Japanese edition including two bonus tracks. Here, ENBOUND combines here melodic metal waves, hard rock groove, muscular AOR hooks, and Säfsund’s stratospheric vocal dynamics.
You see, if it is done right, the melodic metal genre can produce some of the most entertaining and satisfying music anywhere within the rock / metal world. And so is the case with ”And She Said Gold” – the fantastic ENBOUND first CD, a great blend of classic metal, AOR, melodic hard rock and soaring vocals courtesy of Mr. Säfsund that came together to create ‘pure melodic metal gold’.

ENBOUND (Lars Säfsund) – The Blackened Heart [physical CD]

With the recent Art Of Illusion debut – the new band of Lars Säfsund (Work Of Art) & Anders Rydholm (Grand Illusion) many of you asked for more Lars Säfsund material. Under the pseudonym of ‘Lee Hunter’, Säfsund was the lead vocalist of Swedish act ENBOUND, recording two albums, being “The Blackened Heart” from 2016 the last with the band before concentrating in Work Of Art.
ENBOUND combines melodic metal riffs with hard rock groove plus Säfsund’s stratopheric vocal dynamics, ”The Blackened Heart” resulting into something like Allen / Lande meets Jorn and Khymera.
It’s incredible how versatile vocalist Lars Säfsund is. The man can sing anything, with a huge vocal range and perfect pitch.
With ”The Blackened Heart”, ENBOUND have delivered one of the best melodic metal / hard rock albums of the past decade, and it’s another showcase for Lars Säfsund out-of-this world voice.
The digital download version of this album sounds a bit distorted, this physical CD is the one to get…

GRAND ILLUSION – Prince Of Paupers [Japan edition +1] Out of Print

With the recent Art Of Illusion debut – the new band of Lars Säfsund (Work Of Art) & Anders Rydholm (Grand Illusion) – many of you asked for GRAND ILLUSION‘s last, excellent album “Prince Of Paupers“, in this Japanese edition including a bonus track.
Mastermind guitarist / bassist / keyboard player Anders Rydholm dropped here some of his finest AOR / Melodic Rock songwriting, but also top musicians for the recording, including Gregg Bisonette (David Lee Roth, Joe Satriani) to handle all drums and brilliant guitar maestro Tim Pierce to record most of the guitar parts. But also the stellar presence of Steve Lukather and Jay Graydon as guests.
Grand Illusion is one of the best AOR / MR bands out there, and “Prince Of Paupers” confirms this status with a golden medal.
A MUST HAVE

ART OF ILLUSION – X Marks The Spot (2021) *EXCLUSIVE*

Released via AOR Heaven Records, “X Marks The Spot” is the debut album from the new Swedish band ART OF ILLUSION formed by songwriter & producer Anders Rydholm (AORsters Grand Illusion) and exceptional singer Lars Säfsund (Work Of Art). See what they did there with the band name? Very clever.
Timeless melodies are the key in their music and a homage to the glory days of AOR / melodic rock. Catchy melodies, delicious hooklines and tons of strong harmony vocals are on ‘spot’ here. Among the guitarists providing guitar solos there’s the unique Jay Graydon.
“X Marks The Spot” is simply sublime. Yeah, we’re only in January but this is – and will be – one of the best 2021 Melodic Rock / AOR releases.
Albums of this caliber only appear from time to time… go and buy this gem.
MANDATORY PURCHASE