Artist: Book Of Reflections
Fighter' is the third of the Book Of Reflections albums and takes over
where the debut Book of Reflection and the follow up 'Unfold The Future'
Lars Eric Mattsson on this release are two mighty vocals talents with
Carsten ‘Lizard’ Shultz, joined by Markku Kuikka, who deliver the
perfect vocal mix to compliment the six string wizardry of Mattsson on
this Neo-Classical journey.
be honest this album is more in line with the sound of self-titled debut
release, more listener friendly, whereas the second album tended to
deviate up many forks on the road without seeming to stick to a
album opens up with ‘Until The Day’ with Schultz delivering his
trade mark golden vocals from the off, with Mattsson doing what he does best, by
taking the guitar to extremes that would make the average guitar players
heads spin, as he makes it sing to his tune and shows who's the master.
makes his present felt on the next song ‘Dance With The Devil’,
riff laden Neo-Classical Metal this time with a little Progressive edge.
spell-binding licks continue with the harder edged ‘Angel Shed A
Tear’, upon which Shultz delivers the goods as he and Mattsson jostle for dominance on
the track. Man Vs. Guitar ... and the winner is us, the
is more than a touch of the Progressive Metal on ‘Bleeding Dry’, with
Kuikka adding a dark edged vocal to this one. Heavy rhythms and soaring
keyboards, before it's back to the all out Neo-Classical Metal of ‘Rise
Up’, with Mattsson laying down some of the beast solo’s on the entire
mix of Neo-Classical and Progressive Metal elements is never more
dominant with the superb ‘Crashing Through’, then it’s a complete
change of pace for the bass ridden ‘Somewhere Else To Be’, before
bringing in a heavier tone with the almost Middle Eastern feel of the
multi-layered instrumental ‘Gates Of Oblivion’, where Mattsson lets
his fingers run riot on the fret-board as only he can.
leads nicely into the more traditional Melodic Metal of ‘Keep Us
Afloat', before the album closes with another twist, this time a touch of
Spanish guitar that leads this slow burner and rounds off the album in
you hear or see the words Neo-Classical Metal, some run and hide and
think six string masturbation, but Mattsson has re-written the rule book
with 'Relentless Fighter' and once again shows Neo-Classical Metal can
listenable and this is an album you can go back to time an time again.
the finest from the genre in recent years.
Until The Day
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