years after his solo EP "Can't Go On Without Your Love" Lars now
delivers "Sand and Blood", his first all electric album in four years
(in 2015 Lars released his all acoustic "Songs from a Different Room").
The 11 track "Sand and Blood" is a hard rocking album filled with
hunger and passion, made to be played loud and songs written for the
stage. Behind each and every one of these songs there is a true story
deeper than you might think when you first hear them. Lars put a lot of
attention into arranging these songs making sure they were getting to
the point without being too long or unnecessary complex and his guitars
have for sure never sounded this great before.
The album ends with first a new version of the 1987 classic "Can't Go
On Without Your Love" and finally the epic ballad "Still Here Waiting"
featuring the amazing Adrienn Antal on vocals.
In a way you could say that all these 11 songs are about love but the
truth is that there is a lot of depth and pain behind each and every
one of them.
Musically Lars decided early on to make a straight ahead rock album
paying homage to his early influences spiced up with the experience
only someone with 30 releases behind himself can add. But most of all,
"Sand and Blood" is a dedication to the love of music. "Evolve or Die"!
For all you guitar/bass geeks, Lars played mostly his white True
Temperament neck and Seymour Duncan Hot Rails pickups customised strat,
but also his Boel MC7 7-string, a 1961 Stratocaster and the bass parts
were played on a 1976 Rickenbacker 4001 and a fretless Bass Maniac.
Guitars were mostly recorded through a Marhall JCM800. The wah wah used
was an old cry baby and no other effects were used during tracking.
Besides having released albums under his own name Lars has released
albums with "Lars Eric Mattsson's Vision", "Mattsson", Condition Red",
"Book of Reflections", "Astral Groove", "Eli" (Darkness will fall) and
appeared as guest on a number of releases...
Locally Lars also performs live with the blues/rock band "Roadhouse"
while looking for touring options with his own music.
the new album musically and lyrically?
I would like to think of "Sand and Blood" as a well structured hard
rock album that fuses classic rock with modern influences and I tried
to make it accessible while still original and interesting. Lyrically,
except for the two last songs, everything else could be described as a
concept story but it's all very personal and not necessary something I
want to explain.
if you had to
choose one artist (I know this is hard) but if we had to say
"recommended for fans of XXXX" who would that be?
wow, that is gonna be very hard, but I think if you like the 80-ies
releases by Gary Moore, Michael Schenker and perhaps Uli Jon Roth, then
this might be what you like.
how does it differ
from previous recordings (if any)
There are no instrumentals and I am singing myself everything except
for the last track which is sung by Adrienn Antal who was the lead
singer on the "Mattsson" albums "Dream Child" and "Tango". Also my
previous album "Songs from a Different Room" was all acoustic while on
this album it's all electric.
What was the goal
with making this album?
I'ts been four years since my previous electric album and I really just
had to do this one.
influences towards music or lyric subject?
The eternal struggle that is life, love, death, fighting, passion and a
bit of obsession, but none of the lyrics are based on fantasies,
everything comes from real life happenings personally or by people
close to me... I believe every true artist need to live a little bit
and not try to exist in a vacuum.
how long did it
take to make this album:
About nine months, but as I was doing other things in between the
actual time spent was probably 4-5 months.
what has the
different musicians contributed to the result?
Adrienn Antal who is singing the last track is an amazing singer and
she just connects to my music so well, it's just like we are soul
mates, Christer Jansson on drums is super tight and he too knows what I
want. While I played most keyboards myself, for the piano parts
Alexander King (Condition Red) played what I simply can not do and I
really appreciated his input and contributions as always. I know I am
not easy to work with since I am an extreme perfectionist :-) but I
think we had a good time anyway.
01. Rock Your World
02. Snow Queen
04. Queen of Love
05. Helena of Troy
06. Stand Up and Shout
07. Bleed for You
08. I’ll be Your Light
09. If Loving You is a Sin
10. Can’t Go On Without Your Love (2017)
11. Still Here Waiting (feat. Adrienn Antal)
Eric Mattsson - vocals, guitars, bass and keyboards.
Adrienn Antal - all vocals on "Still Here Waiting"
Christer Jansson - drums
Alexander King - piano
Mixing and Mastering by Lars Eric Mattsson.
All music and lyrics written by Lars Eric Mattsson.
Composed and Recorded between 2016-2017.
Mixed at the New Lion’s Cage in 2017.
Photos by Olle Sjöstrand August 2017