Album review: LARS ERIC MATTSSON – Into The Unknown

Lion Music [Release date 09.05.19]

Guitarist Lars Eric Mattsson (Condition Red, Mattsson) returns with a new album ‘Into The Unknown’, that sees him tap into his more melodic style of playing and song writing. He is joined by Alexander King on keyboards and drummer Christer Jansson.

Lars Eric Mattson has been recording and producing since the mid-80’s, so he certainly knows a thing or two about penning melodic tunes, which despite his guitar wizardry, do not fall into the trap of becoming widdly solos that only a few can listen to. Instead we have the hooked filled melodic rockers ‘Give It All’ and ‘This Is Your Storm’, or for a bit of variety try the bluesy ‘Burning Hot’.

Lars Eric Mattsson doesn’t have an overly emotive singing style, however he does give it all on the ballad ‘Soul Mate’. This segues neatly into the short acoustic instrumental ‘Epilogue for a Broken Heart’.

There are a few short instrumental pieces doted throughout the album including the marvellously funky ‘Too Close To The Sun’.

One of Lars Eric Mattsson’s more straight ahead melodic rock albums and one that grows with the listener on each repeated play. ***1/2

Review by Jason Ritchie



On Sunday 28 July 2019, David Randall celebrated his 600th show. “Assume The Position” started in June 2007 on UK City Radio before transferring a year later to Get Ready to ROCK! Radio. The show includes tracks played on the first show plus Upton Blues Festival highlights, new music and the regular features “Live Legends” and “Anniversary Rock” which this week celebrates the Island Records label 60th anniversary.

Listen in to Get Ready to ROCK! Radio…
Click the appropriate icons at the top of the page.

Power Plays w/c 19 August (Mon-Fri)

BEFORE FIRE Dead Eyes (indie)
SCOTT & MARIA Never Give Up (indie)
CORELEONI Queen Of Hearts (AFM Records)
BERLIN Transcendance (Cleopatra Records)
PHIL CAMPBELL These Old Boots (Nuclear Blast)
PHIL LANZON Blue Mountain (Phil Lanzon Ditties/Cargo Records UK)

Featured Albums w/c 19 August (Mon-Fri)

09:00-12:00 SOLEIL MOON Warrior (Frontiers)
12:00-13:00 ROXY BLUE Roxy Blue (Frontiers)
14:00-16:00 DREW HOLCOMB & THE NEIGHBORS Dragons (Magnolia Music/Thirty Tigers)

Albums That Time Forgot (Mon-Fri)

JAMES STEVENSON Everything’s Getting Closer To Being Over (2013)



Email This Page
This entry was posted in ALBUM REVIEWS, ALBUM REVIEWS (Mobile), All Posts and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply