Vision - On The Edge


Year of Release: 2004
Label: Lion Music
Catalog Number: n/a
Format: CD
Total Time: 47:01:00

Lars Eric Mattsson is a very versatile musician, composer and producer and features on a load of Lion Music releases. A lot of his work is instrumental and although I like instrumental music to a certain extent, I prefer to hear vocals added to the music. Fortunately Mattsson's new release, On The Edge, has vocals in them, as he too found it time for a change. Vision started out as a solo project, but has now evolved into a tight sounding band.

Although generally AOR does not do much for me, I'd like to make an exception for this one! On The Edge balances between AOR/melodic rock and metal. Mattsson tried to join forces with original Vision vocalist Conny Lind, but that did not work out and in 2003 singer John Jeff Touch stepped in. Unfortunately the Internet did not give me anything on this guy, but from his performance on this album, he is fanatastic! Vaguely I heard a hint of Jon Bon Jovi in his vocals, but outside that, his vocals are truly powerfull and has a good range.

The material of On The Edge is not new, it was written in the period 1993 ? 2003, but it all sounds fresh and new. Solid rock, with heavy riffs, virtuoso solos, outstanding vocals and a great drummer (Eddie Sledgehammer). Mattsson himself plays all guitars, bass and keys. There is nothing much more I can say. This is a great album, with a good production, a consistend sound and, I can't say that enough, fabulous vocals. I really enjoy the guitar play of Mattsson here. More of this, please?

[This review originally appeared August 2004 at the ProgPower Online review site -ed.]
Tracklisting:
Mountain Of Love / Girl Goodbye / Prove It To You / On The Edge / Feels So Strange / Feel The Cold Wind / Stranded / Meant To Be / Keepin' Your Dreams Alive / Susanna

Musicians:
John Jeff Touch - vocals
Lars Eric Mattsson - guitar, bass, keyboards
Eddie Sledgehammer - drums & percussion

Discography:
Lars Eric Mattsson's Vision (1992)
Till The End Of Time (1997)
The Best Of Vision (2000)
On The Edge (2004)

Genre: Melodic Metal

Origin SE

Added: November 27th 2004
Reviewer: Marcel Haster
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Artist website: www.larsericmattson.com/
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Language: english

  

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