MAGNUS KARLSSON'S FREE FALL

(SWEDEN)

HUNT THE FLAME

(2023)
LABEL:

FRONTIERS RECORDS

GENRE:

MELODIC METAL

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""Hunt The Flame" is an album that will please Magnus Karlsson's fans, but because it is too linear, it risks leaving the rest of the melodic metal world out in the cold."
LYNOTT (26.04.2023)  
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Not a year goes by without a visit from Magnus Karlsson. Well, almost, because since 2001 only 2004 has not had the honour of the guitarist's presence on a record. That's something to respect. His Free Fall project has just given birth to a fourth offspring called "Hunt The Flame". It's quite a challenge for him, as his first album "We Are The Night" received a lot of praise.

Magnus Karlsson called upon eleven frontmen to interpret as many titles. Most of them obviously come from the Frontiers label since we're in the melodic hard rock/metal den. They are often from the new wave such as Alexander Strandell (Crowne), James Durbin (Durbin), Kristian Fyhr (Seventh Crystal), James Robledo (Demons Down) and Terje Haroy (Pyramaze).

Each of them brings a vocal colour to the composition they have been given. This tinge is the only one that differentiates the songs from each other. "Hunt The Flame" is indeed linear to say the least. Made of constant epic and grandiloquent bursts, of omnipresent theatrical and energetic symphonic ambiences, of incessant drumming and guitars filling the sound space, the listening turns out to be a bit boring at the end. 

Nevertheless, listening to the opus reserves some pleasures, notably on a few tracks magnified by their performers. Among them, the eponymous track where the damn talented Alexander Strandell makes us want to go through Crowne's entire discography again, and 'Far From Home' with the no less impressive James Robledo. Let's keep 'Following The Damned', which Raphael Mendes transforms into a composition that could come out of a Bruce Dickinson album, and 'Summoning The Stars' for its changes of rhythm and its variety.

"Hunt The Flame" will certainly please the fans of Magnus Karlsson but it will probably not interest the rest of the melodic metal world. With all due respect, we would advise Magnus to take a little more time to compose his works...
- Official website

TRACK LISTING:
01. Hunt The Flame (ft. Alexander Strandell)
02. You Can't Hurt Me Anymore (ft. Jakob Samuel)
03. Thunder Calls (ft. James Durbin)
04. Break Of Dawn (ft. Kristian Fyhr)
05. Far From Home (ft. James Robledo)
06. Night Bird (ft. Michael Eriksen)
07. Holy Ground (ft. Girish Pradhan)
08. Following The Damned (ft. Raphael Mendes)
09. The Lucid Dreamer (ft. Terje Haroy)
10. Demons Of Our Time (ft. Jake E)
11. Summoning The Stars (ft. Antti Railion)

LINEUP:
Anders Köllerfors: Batterie
Magnus Karlsson: Guitares / Basse / Claviers
   
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KINGEDDIE
30/04/2023
 
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Il n'a pas tort l'ami Lynnot, ça sent un peu le bégaiement tout au long du CD, un peu la même recette déclinée 11 fois d'affilée... effectivement j'ai eu une belle surprise sur le sosie vocal de Dickinson et bien accroché sur le final, pour le reste , moins emballé malgré la profusion de notes de guitare... comme on a suggéré à Malmsteen,"Parfois,il faut savoir ralentir !"
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