June 04 Lars released his latest
single "Vicky's Eyes" (not
included on any album) (check the video clip from the media page)
and on June 07 the final reissue from Lars Eric
Mattsson's Vision "On the Edge" was released.
Lars is also guesting on Joe McGurk's latest solo album "Encore" on
June 21 on the track "Well Trodden Path of Regret".
Lars new album, "Sand and Blood" was
released on November 16, 2017.
"Sand and Blood" is a hard rocking affair for fans of Lars early albums
mixed with finesse and maturity that you can only get from a true
veteran with more than 30 album in his back catalogue.
As it is 30 years since he released his debut solo EP "Can't Go On
Without Your Love" the 11 track album will include a new 2017 version
of this 1987 classic as well as a guest performance by Adrienn Antal.
All the other ten tracks are sung by Lars himself. Besides the album's
two orchestrated tracks (one sung by Adrienn) this is a guitar
dominated hard rock affair made for the stage. Alexander King
(Condition Red) is playing the piano and Christer Jansson hits the
You can also find a downloadable book that accompanies his new album
filled with information, lyrics, images and more at this page MEDIA
Remastered reissues of the 1992 classic "LARS ERIC MATTSSON'S VISION"
as well as the previously unreleased 1993 follow up and also a
previously unreleased Live+ album as well as the 1997 VISION album
"Till the End of Time" have been released as download and streaming
between May and August 2017.
released VISION album "On the Edge" is to be reissued in a new version
releases are now released as "Lars Eric Mattsson's VISION" to avoid mix
up with another band with the same name.
For this album
recorded "Sonata No. 1 in C major, "Il pastor fido", Giga Op. 13, No.
1, RV 54"
and I also did one track with CONDITION RED, Concerto for Two
Mandolins in G major, RV 532, Andante"
and on May 20 the ew Condition Red album "Illusion of Truth" was
It's a full blown concept album and features some of my best guitar
tones to date.
I am currently
on a new CONDITION RED album to be released during 2016. You can expect a
totally new sound that fuses classic 70-ies prog sounds with more
modern heavy tones on a few spots.
A concept album
touching a subject that has never before been told (as far as we know
at least). As opposed to the two
previous albums this one is much more focused and arranged.
released a single, Tomorrow Never Knows (Beatles cover) which you can find on
Itunes, Amazon, CD Baby, Spotify, YouTube etc...
I have also recorded
two of Antonio Vivaldi's tunes for the album Lion Music Presents:
Antinio Vivaldi - A New Season. One with Condition
and one as solo artist.
My first all acoustic/vocal album, something I have been working on
After a long
time of silence
CONDITION RED will release a new digital single later this year. It's a
cover of a classic track from 1966 that was very revolutionary at the
I have two new
songs released July 2015:
This is the debut single of my new live band ROADHOUSE, a cover of the
Budy Miles classic previously recorded by Jimi Hendrix (Band of
Gypsys), Carlos Santana & Buddy Miles, Eric Clapton & Stevie
On July 17, 2015 Lion Music RELEASED the 11 track album "Lion Music
Presents W.A. Mozart - Reincarnated" for which I arranged and recorded
"The Magic Flute, Opera, K. 620: Ach, Ich fühl's, Es ist verschwunden".
I was also the executive producer and mastering engineer for this album
ehich is the second in a series of three.
I Have recently put together a new local
live band aiming to play some cool blues and blues influenced classics
in fresh new (but very free) arrangements. We will be looking for gigs
from this summer. It has been too long since I did something like this
just for fun.
On January 23, 2015
the album Lion Music Presents. Johann Sebastian Bach - Interpretations
was released. I contributed to this album with Oboe Concerto in D minor
(Marcello) Adagio BWV 974.
Lars' second album NO SURRENDER
album was reissued in a new version.
Lars' debut album ETERNITY
(1988) was reissued in a new version.
Lars' 2004 album EARTHBOUND was
reissued in a new version.
Lars' second 16 track compilation album LET ME ROCK YOU 1984-87 consisting
unreleased early material (new recordings) was released.
Lars' first 16 track compilation album HOT
& ABLE 1983-85 consisting if early
unreleased early material (new recordings) was released.
Condition Red's second album II debut
album was reissued in a newly mixed and edited version.
Condition Red's self titled debut album CONDITION
RED was reissued in a newly mixed version.
released in digital format on September 20, 2013.
15 Vocal tracks and 3 instrumentals make up Lars' new album.
REFLECTIONS - RELENTLESS FIGHTER RELEASED ON 19 MAY 2012
The long awaited third instalment is released on 19 May
2012 on Lion Music. Vocalists on this album are Carsten
'Lizard' Schulz (Evidence One, ex Domaim) and Markku Kuikka
(Status Minor, Mattsson). The style is more like that on the
first BOR album yet more cohesive songs and arguably the most fiercest
fretwork I have recorded in recent years!
LARS ERIC MATTSSON - ETERNITY (Remixed and Remastered
2011 Version) RELEASED ON JUNE 16TH 2011
remixed and remastered version of my debut album is available
exclusively as digital download from ITunes and CDBaby right now. These
new mixes sound much better than the previous version.
MATTSSON - AURORA BOREALIS RELEASED ON APRIL 18TH 2011
My new all instrumental album "Aurora Borealis" will be
released on Lion Music later this month. Full information can be
found on the albums page.
MATTSSON - TANGO SET FOR RELEASE ON MARCH 19 2010
'Mattsson - Tango' sees release on Lion Music on 19
'Tango' sees the collaboration between myself and
vocalist Adrienn Antal who first performed with me on 2008’s
'Dreamchild' release. 'Tango' sees up build upon its predecessors
foundations for this overall heavier release. Yet 'Tango' is arguably
more accessible for the first time listener with tracks such as
'Believe', 'I’ll Find Another Way' and the title track epitomising this
commercial aspect. To add another voice to the album I called upon
Status Minor vocalist Markku Kuikka who darker style contrasts nicely
I am currently recording and composing what will become the next
MATTSSON album, I hope to see it released early 2010. Unfortunately it
seems like Adrienn Antal who sung on Dream Child won't be able to
participate. No replacement has yet been confirmed. I am recording 10
tracks that I believe will become the best music I have done this far.
The material is a mix of progressive metal and symphonic neoclassical
but will also include some classic rock/prog ideas. Even though the
album title has not yet been set this will become a concept album as I
do have the main ideas clear. I think it's fair to say that this album
will continue where Dream Child ended.
Eric Mattsson - NO SURRENDER + LIVE released on May 22 2009
This is a new and much improved version of the 1988 classic along with
5 live tracks. I am currently working on another reissue planned for
also composed the theme song for the 2009 international Island games (www.natwestislandgames2009.ax) as well as produced the
recording made by MIKAELA MATTSSON which has been heard frequently on
the airwaves locally for some time now. The song was also sung live by
the amazing Therese Karlsson at the grand opening of the games on June
27. INFO HERE!
22nd 2008 NEW WEBSITE LAUNCHED
to my new website, I hope you like it.
- DREAM CHILD OUT NOW
March 21st 2008 saw the release of my latest album Mattsson -
Child” introduces the stunning new female vocalist Adrienn Antal.
Child” represents the most solid album to date from Mattsson, building
upon the solid foundation laid by 2005’s “War” the new album sees
symphonic metal mixed with progressive and gothic elements spiced up
with world music inflections to create an album which in Mattsson’s own
words is “as complete as possible”.
The next MATTSSON album is completed and will finally be released on
March 21 2008. "Dream Child" consists of 12 tracks of symphonic metal
with progressive, gothic and ethno influences. The star of the show is
new singer Adrienn Antal and a download only single has just been
released HERE! in 2 versions: album version and as radio edit.
August 30 The next MATTSSON album will not be released until early
2008. The reason is delays with the vocal recordings. I have some
really great singers but they will need more time to complete their
The next MATTSSON album is coming along really well. I am going to
incorporate strings and a big classical choir. there will also be lots
of Ethnic influences. I am still looking for the right singers but I
think I might have found them:-)
I am in the early stages of composing the next MATTSSON album which I
expect to have released in September 2007 if things goes as planned. It
will certainly be more song focused and easier to listen to than "War".
I am trying a few new "tricks" and hopefully something fresh will come
out of this. I am also planning an acoustic album which I started
working on last summer. And who know, there might also be a third
CONDITION RED album out late 2007 or early 2008...
The second Book of Reflections albums titled "Chapter II: Unfold the
Future" is out in a few days!
The second Book of Reflections albums titled "Chapter II: Unfold the
Future" will finally be released next month. The album is already at
heavy airplay at the web radio station LOUD METAL RADIO and a longer
interview will eventually be posted at their website. It's been a long
ride but it has been good to work with such great guys as Martin LeMar,
Björn Jansson, Mistheria, Anand Mahangoe, Eddie Sledgehammer etc...
BOOK OF REFLECTIONS have a MySpace site HERE
I have finally set up my own MySpace site just like so many other
musicians seem to have done before me. Better late than never I
guess... Please check it out - it's HERE!
The second Book of Reflections album is finished except for a few vocal
tracks and the final mixing. I should already have been working on the
next MATTSSON album but some other things came up so it's very likely
that this album will be delayed.
My new all instrumental solo album "Earthbound" is out. I am very happy
with the album - check it out at www.lionmusic.com - all of my releases
are now played regularly on the web radio LOUD METAL RADIO
As another year has passed I can now look back at the most productive
year of life as I have released both "WAR" and "EARTHBOUND" during
2005. The times in the music business have probably never been this bad
and I am not sure that the business will still be existing in a few
years. I see a lot of changes coming in the near future. However there
are still a few projects that I am going to complete if I can. I plan
to finish the second "BOOK OF REFLECTIONS" album first of all. The
music is already composed and the recordings of the backing tracks are
more or less completed. Two future projects I would like to work with
are first of all a new MATTSSON album as I have an exciting new musical
path that I would like to explore, and then I would like to do
something more or less all acoustic.
My new progressive metal rock opera "War" has been released, the
reviews are mostly excellent as you will see if you check them out at
the www.lionmusic.com website. I am a hard working man so there are
always some new projects in my head and my next step will be a
completely instrumental solo album. I know that some of you guys have
been waiting for this ...It's already 14 years since I released my only
previous instrumental album (Electric Voodoo). .. wow... Anyway the
album will be called "Earthbound" and it's fairly basic stuff, mostly
just guitar, bass and drums. A minimum of keyboards are included on
some of the songs. I think the title suits the music prefectly. Expect
a November 11 release. Artwork is once again done by Andre' Beckston
who did WAR, Boof of Reflections, the second Condition Red album
etc...A very talented and nice guy.
My new progressive metal rock opera "War" is almost completed, vocals
for one of the songs is all this is missing so I expect to finish the
album in a couple of weeks. It feels really good to more or less
complete this very daring project. I am extremely happy with the
result...and I do hope that you will be too...
I am working on my most daring project ever, a progressive metal rock
opera / concept album! Mark Boals, Andre' Vuurboom (ex-Sun Caged),
Irene Janssen (Ayreon/Star One), Lance King (ex-Balance of
Power/Empire) are some of the singers, Vitalij Kuprij is doing some
incredible keyboard stuff. There will also be a big group of choir
singers from both the folk, opera and metal world included. Musically
speaking, this is very heavy and melodic and melodic at the same time.
There is a lot of odd meter stuff going on and I have tried very hard
to go places where I've never been before...it is a blast working with
all these incredible musicians.
I have been busier than ever, working on more stuff than ever before,
and enjoying it a lot! I have recorded 5 Jimi Hendrix covers, "Spanish
Castle Magic" and "Room full of Mirrors" together with Chris Poland,
Little Miss Lover with Ritchie Kotzen, "Burning of the Midnight Lamp"
with James Byrd and finally "Villanova Junction" with Condition Red.
The vocals were all done by Alf Wemmenlind of "Mister Kite". The songs
were all recorded for the Lion Music albums "The Spirit Lives On - The
Music of Jimi Hendrix Revisited vol I and II". It was a blast doing
these songs! For the album "Shane Lane Remembered" I composed and
recorded the song "Five Lanes" - the title refers to the 5/4 rhytm that
the entire song was written in. I also finished the new Vision album
"On the Edge" with singer John Jeff Touch, and my neoclassical band
"Book of Reflections" is finally to be released on Lion Music and King
Records in Japan. The album also features the guitarist Rusty Cooley,
keyboard wizard Vitalij Kuprij and the singers are Andy Engberg (Lion's
Share), Mikael Holm (Winterlong), Hubi Meisel and Torgny Stjärnfelt.
On top of all this I have begun work on my most daring project ever, a
metal opera! I am currently working on the lyrics, the title is yet to
be decided on but I can at least tell you that it's not based on any
historical or fantasy stuff...There will be a whole bunch of great
singers on this album. Details will be posted soon.
Condition II has been released and I am currently working on a project
called "Book of Reflections" which is a neoclassical power metal kind
of project that will also feature guitarist Rusty Cooley, Vitalij
Kuprij on keys, and three different singers: Andy Engberg (Section
A/Lion's Share), Mattias Holm (Winterlong) and Hubi Meisel (ex
Dreamscape). I am also recording some stuff for a coming Jimi Hendrix
tribute as well as working on a Vision release.
Power Games is out, the reviews have been great and I can truly say
that I have never been as happy with anything I've done before as I am
with this album. However, I am busy as never before, I have recorded a
track for the July 24 release "Beyond Inspiration - A Tribute to Uli
Jon Roth" (I'll be Loving You Always) and for a coming Blackmore
tribute I played on "Self Portrait", "Black Night" as well as "Still
I'm Sad. I have completed the second Condition Red album which will be
released late August and I am working on a new all star project album
to be released under the name "Book of Illusions". There will also be
one more Vision album released next year. I thought I wouldn't work
with Vision anymore but I found a killer singer that suited perfect and
I already had the songs composed, 5 of them were written in 1993 and
the remaining 5 in 1998 but now I have updated them a little bit. On
top of all this I will work on a new Mattsson album, I already have one
song composed and recorded except for the vocals. And I almost forgot
to tell you about me taking part in a Hendrix tribute....
Power Games will be released in February!
Finally the new album has been completed. The new album "Power Games"
will be released in February 2003, see www.lionmusic.com for more
details. I am very happy with the result and feel that this is without
doubt my best work ever. While Lance King were recording the vocals in
Minnesota I also recorded some guitar and bass parts for the coming
second Condition Red album. Details about this album will be announced
later here, at www.lionmusic.com and www.condition-red.com
Today, August 05 I have finished the recording of an all instrumental
shred song that I wrote last week for the second volume of the Jason
Becker Tribute. I haven't decided on a title for this song yet and I
have certainly never ever completed a song this fast before. It's less
than a week since I decided that I should write something for this
album but I am very happy with the result.
The new album will be called "Power Games" and Mattias Noren
www.progart.com is making the artwork. There will be some changes this
time, Lance King (Balance of Power / Empire) will be handling all
vocals and I guess it's safe to say that Power games will be more
progressive than Another Dimension, but still not too far away from
that album in style.
The new album is going to contain 8 songs. 9 are being recorded but one
will be an optional track saved for another time. There will only be
one instrumental on the album but it's 17+ minutes long! This will be
Lars definitive guitar concerto... Lars has been working on some other
projects recently like mixing the debut album of Greece keyboard wiz
Bob Katsionis which will be released by Lion Music www.lionmusic.com in
June, playing organ on two tracks for the debut album of US band "Truth
of Fiction" also a Lion Music release, playing guitar on the song
"Allure" performed by Haven for a coming charity release for the
victims of the September 11...to be released by Frontiers Records. Lars
has also been involved in the production of a new international act
"Star Queen" as well as engineering several other projects.
The music for the new album is composed. the lyrics remain. Bass,
Drums, keyboards and rhythm guitars are recorded. We are going for
eight songs, out of which a few are quite long. there will be only one
instrumental, but it's meant to become "the" instrumental. There will
be a small break in the recording process at this stage as lyrics will
be finished and we would also like to have a guest or two appear and
there are some practical things associated with this we must solve.
Lars is currently in the studio recording demos and writing material
for a new album to be released during first half of 2002. The new
material is progressive and heavy and it looks like the album will
contain fewer but longer composition than "Another Dimension" (2000).
debut album ETERNITY was re-released in a totally new version on August
28 2001. Due to contractual difficulties Lars decided to make a
completely new recording featuring singer Bjorn Lodin. The album also
contains the song "Children of the Sun" which should have been on the
album originally but somehow didn't make it. This is just like a new
album, even though the songs were all written for the debut album,
originally released way back in 1988. You can order this CD and all
other Mattsson CDs now from www.lionmusic.com
will be writing music for a completely new album this fall. This album
will be a follow up to 2000's critically acclaimed "Another Dimension".
also appearing on the recently released "Warmth in the Wilderness - A
tribute to Jason Becker". Together with Mark Boals (Yngwie Malmsteen)
Lars is performing "Hammerhead Shark", together with Robin McAuley and
Pamme Kirby "Tell the Truth" and Lars wrote also wrote the album's
"Outro Jam" specially for this album. On this song Lars is joined by
Torben Enevoldsen, Patrick Rondat, Mike Chlaskiac (Halford), Ron Thal,
James Byrd...and finally Lars played bass on Torben Enevoldsen's
released two albums this year, the first album under the name MATTSSON:
featuring lots of cool guest as we all singer Bjorn Lodin.
1997: Lars released the
second Vision album TILL THE END OF TIME
featuring singer Randolph Reymers.
This was the second release on Lars own label Lion Music, two years
after the first one.
1995: Lars released the self
titled ASTRAL GROOVE album featuring singer Bjorn Lodin. The album had
been finisged during 1994.
This was the first release on Lars own label LION MUSIC although the
company was founded in 1998.
1993: Lars Erim Mattsson's
VISION palyed a few gigs and recorded a second album that never was to
see it's release and thus the band split up.
Being chained to a record label that was never satisfied took all the
but in the end it was not the music that was lacking, the record label
simply had no money and went bankrup soon after.
All these difficulties are the reason why the label Lion Music would
Lars released his third album, the all instrumemtal ELECTRIC VOODOO through the
French indie label Black Dragon Records, the album was also released in
the USA through Leviathan under the name THE EXCITER.
Lars released his second album, NO
SURRENDER through the French indie label Black Dragon Records,
while also being signed to Apollon/FEMS for Asia. Both NO SURRENDER and
ETERNITY were released in Japan with different mixes and artwork.
Lars was signed to the French indie label Black Dragon Records
and released his first album ETERNITY.
Lars' band ETERNITY released a vinyl single LET ME ROCK YOU/TAKE ME
HOME as well as a 4 track solo EP "Can't Go On Without Your Love" and
an 8 track mini album on Cassette THE FINAL POEM. ETERNITY had the
track CHILDREN OF THE SUN on a British compilation album "Rock Meets
Metal" and Lars himself had two tracks on another British compilation
After JOE COOL split up Lars formed the band ETERNITY and recorded a
bunch of demos as well as performed live as much as possible. The band
split up as Lars was offered a solo artist record deal in 1988.
Lars' first serious band JOE COOL in which Lars wrote all the music
performed a lot live and recorded a number of demos. Lars was beginning
to find his own style, being heavily influenced by Richie Blackmore and
Uli Jon Roth to name a few.
Lars picked up the guitar after having played the bass in many bands
for a number of years and started gigging a lot with various local
cover bands. During this preiod Lars became obsessed with music and
specially guitar playing. Lars goal was to become a good song writer
more than a good musician as that was his main reason for replacing the
bass with a guitar.
Lars gigged a lot with various local cover bands as a bass player
playing all kinds of music. Lars was self taught all the way and knew
nothing about music when he started out in his teens. Lars was gigging
just months after picking up his first instrument.