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Mattias IA Eklundh


Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

3.34 | 4 ratings

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4 stars Approximately two hours of music (two discs) oozing fun, humor and insane guitar playing. Mattias Eklundh is a monster musician, is there anything he can't do? His talents here include: guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, vocals, audio engineering, artwork, and making music with balloons, combs and an alarm clock. His imagination is endless and twisted to perfection.

Not only does he shred on many rocking tunes throughout the disc but there is more: jazzy/fusion stuff with tunes like "Keep it in the Dojo", "Mahavishnu John", or "Kali Ghat", and some beautiful slower pieces like the heartfelt "Lullaby for Gabriel" or "The Swede and the Wolf" where he plays classical guitar. Hell, he even plays a classical guitar rendition of AC/DC's "Hells Bells". In fact, there is a lot of classical guitar on this and I love it! Again, is there anything he can't do?

This disc is mostly an instrumental affair but there is something so genuine about it that makes me want to hear it again and again. Not every song is my cup of tea but "The Smorgasbord" is so diverse and interesting that it should touch everyone. A fresh modern feast of talent.

Grumpyprogfan | 4/5 |


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