years since it's original release, Lars has remixed his second album
"No Surrender" with new much improved vocals and a never before
released bonus track "Never Coming Home" which was also written and
originally reorded in 1989 but never used.
‘No Surrender is a
re-recorded version of one of Lars Eric Mattsson’s secondalbum
originally released in 1989 now celebrating 25 years since its original
release. This new version sees all vocals being re-recorded with the
addition of a never before heard bonus track "Never Coming Home".
‘No Surrender’ is classic hard
rock fused with neo-classical metal all with the unique Lars Eric
Mattsson flavour. Whilst the song writing might not be as advanced as
more recent efforts released under the Mattsson name such as “Dreamchild”,
"Tango" and “War”, this is a slice of history which shows
an artist that has continued to grow over the 25 years since its
On the new version Lars comments, “It's
now 25 Years since I released my second album "No Surrender" which
landed me a Japanese record deal a year after the debut album
"Eternity". While the original recordings were rushed and quite poor in
quality the song writing was much better than its predecessor and I
remember writing these songs with great pleasure. Most of these songs
were then performed live in a number of different settings and they all
seemed to transform quite well to the live stage".
always wanted to return to this material to polish up all the rough
ends and finally I found the perfect timing to make it happen. I think
these songs showcases my early influences as well as the typical 80-ies
mood that we all were in back then. Of course some things do mature
better than others over time but overall I am quite happy with these
songs representing my early career, and most of all, I had a really
great time playing them again. I tried not to change things more than I
had to and where possible maintain the original ideas rather than
include more modern elements as my intention was to try to present the
songs as I wanted them to have sounded at the time of composing them.
Even if most guitars have been re-recorded I have copied my original
ideas and basically just make them sound "the same but better".
LARS ERIC MATTSSON - NO SURRENDER - 25th
Anniversary SEES DIGITAL RELEASE VIA LION MUSIC ON DECEMBER 12
Recorded to two inch tape with a simple synth stacking different parts
trying to imitate a symphony orchestra without really know what I was
doing:-) And then there is a backwards spoken message of course.
02. Tear Down
Written not too long before the wall dividing East and West Berlin came
down, marking the end of a divided Germany and Europe and this was what
imspired this song. I am really proud of the song's main riff that must
have been imspired by Richie Blackmore's way of playing in some kind of
03. Lady Luck
Probably the most loved song off this album, while I do
remember the guys in the band did not share this love:-) It's a quite
traditional hard rock song with some chord structures typical for me in
04. Since Love Died
Very few people seem to understand what this song is
about. It's not really a love song you see... Musically it's a
neoclassical blues based hard rock song with a cool bluesy ending that
I really used to love play live.
05. Crocodile Walk
A powerful instrumental
that I put a lot of work into. I think some of the melodies are really
original for the time. As opposed to the instrumental stuff on my first
album "Eternity" I was getting more into arrangements this time.
06. Just to Survive
One of my most personal
songs off the album really showing who I was at the time both in terms
of lyrics and music.
I was always more comfortable with the mid tempo hard rock stuff but
here I started to experiment with some double bass drum ideas to spice
up things and this song really became one of the most loved songs from
08. Menuet (J S Bach)
A simple Bach
piece for piano I did just for fun.
This song is about being true to yourself and no to
become a product of the society, not as easy as it seems I guess...
10. Midnight Train
A feeling we all might have from time to time... can't
11. Lady Death
This song is about the threat of the deadly sexually
transferred disease that everybody stared talking about at the time but
that no one had heard about just a few years earlier.
12. The Magician
I guess this instrumental track really shows where I
was at the time musically. Neoclassical melodic metal with a good song
structure that is listenable also for non-guitar players.
13. When Silence Came to Remain
This is one of my favourite tracks off the album and
also one of the most original songs. Inspired by the threat of the cold
war this song is about the world after a nuclear war.
14. Third Circle
I had to come up with two bonus tracks while mixing
the album in 1989 so I did this one and the following track very fast.
I think we just recorded the backing and then I came up with the guitar
themes on the fly.
15. The Stranger
simplistic arrangement was probably inspired by the first Joe Satriani
album while my playing is very different from his and I think I just
wrote this song in 10 minutes while recording it not sure if it was
gonna be a real song or not:-)
16. Never Coming Home (2014 Bonus Track)
Listening back to the original sessions I was
surprised this track was never used as I felt it was one of the best
compositions. However there were some minor problems with the 1989
vocals which probably kept me from using it at the time. This recording
was made in July 2014, very much in the spirit of the original version,
altough I left out the tack piano of the previous version.
02. Tear Down The Border.
03. Lady Luck.
04. Since Love Died.
05. Crocodile Walk.
06. Just To Survive.
07. Chasing Shadows.
08. Menuet (J.S.Bach).
10. Midnight Train.
11. Lady Death.
12. The Magician.
13. When Silence Came To Remain.
14. Third Circle.
15. The Stranger.
16. Never Coming Home (2014 Bonus track)
Mattsson – Guitars, Bass, Vocals.
Tony Mattsson – Drums (original release).
Goran Stenius – Bass (original release).
Orjan Sjostrom – Keyboards, backing
Production, Mixing and Mastering by Lars Eric Mattsson.
All music and lyrics written by Lars Eric Mattsson.
Written and originally recorded 1989, remixed for this release August