Lion Music founder and chief may have out done himself with his fifth Mattsson recording Tango. I'll go out on a limb here and say that this work could be the best thing he has ever done. With over 70 minutes of music Tango is an epic tour de force of ingenious arrangements for some great melodic progressive rock with metal nuances. Once again, Mattsson recruits Adrienn Anal (from Mattsson's 2008 Dream Child) on vocals, and compliments her with the more assertive style of Markku Kuikka (Status Minor). The skill of Mattsson's musicianship is unparalleled especially with his clever tandem use of guitar and keyboard. His neo-classical influences remain and permeate Tango, as do his rich use of ethnic themes.
However, the real brilliance here is the sheer magnitude of the song arrangements, something Mr. Mattsson has mastered eloquently. Never Stand Down, Tour De Force, and the exquisite The Grand Escape are profound works filled depth and excitement. Adding cleverness to his creativity on the title track, Mattsson tickles our ears and treats us with a tango enhanced with a metal theme. Indeed, Mattsson's Tango is magnificent career defining moment for this excellent composer, and an amazing listen. With the depth of composition, it will take you more than a few listens to digest, but it's worth every minute. Highly recommended.
Mattsson's Tango is magnificent career defining moment for this excellent composer, and an amazing listen. With the depth of composition, it will take you more than a few listens to digest, but it's worth every minute.
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