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 if early
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.
EPICENTRE was released in digital format on September 20, 2013.
15 Vocal tracks and 3 instrumentals make up Lars' new album.
BOOK OF 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
A newly 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
LARS ERIC 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.
TANGO SET FOR RELEASE ON MARCH 19 2010
Tango' sees release on Lion Music on 19 March 2010.
'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
October 01, 2009:
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.
Lars 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 2010.
also composed the theme song for the 2009 international Island
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.
22nd 2008 NEW WEBSITE LAUNCHED
Welcome to my new website, I hope you like it.
MATTSSON - DREAM CHILD OUT NOW
March 21st 2008 saw the release of my latest album
Mattsson - Dream Child
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
February 04 2008:
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 work.
April 11 2007
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:-)
March 08, 2007
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...
November 6, 2006
The second Book of Reflections albums titled "Chapter II: Unfold
the Future" is out in a few days!
October 13, 2006
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
July 18, 2006
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!
July 04, 2006
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.
December 30, 2005
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
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
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
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
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
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
will be writing music for a completely new album this fall. This
album will be a follow up to 2000's critically acclaimed
is 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 "Altitudes".
released two albums this year, the first album under the name
DIMENSION, featuring lots of cool guest as we all singer
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.
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 energy,
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 later surface.
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
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 album.
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