Tracklisting: Free Fall (lead vocals: Russell Allen); Higher (lead vocals: Ralf Scheepers); Heading Out (lead vocals: Magnus Karlsson); Stronger (lead vocals: Tony Harnell); Not My Saviour (lead vocals: Rick Altzi); Us Against The World (lead vocals: David Readman); Our Time Has Come (lead vocals: Mark Boals); Ready or Not (lead vocals: Magnus Karlsson); Last Tribe (lead vocals: Rickard Bengtsson); Fighting (lead vocals: Herman Saming); Dreamers & Hunters (lead vocals: Mike Andersson); On Fire (lead vocals: Magnus Karlsson)
The Swedish guitarist, songwriter and producer Magnus Karlsson really gathered a dream team of singers for his first bombastic debut solo album FREE FALL! After listening to Iron Maiden's “Piece of Mind” in the early eighties, Magnus knew that he was destined to play and write metal. Influenced by the New Wave Of British Heavy metal, he started his first own band only at twelve years old. He grew up studying classical, metal, jazz and folk music and was finally awarded a master degree in music education.
In 2000 Magnus got in contact with Frontiers Records and started his first critically acclaimed musical project LAST TRIBE which released three full-length albums. He was later asked by Serafino Perugino, Frontiers Records label President, to write and produce some of their artists. This started a successful journey of collaborations with some of the greatest singers and musicians in the Hard Rock/Metal world. The list includes the successful ALLEN/LANDE trilogy, STARBREAKER, BOB CATLEY, KISKE/SOMERVILLE and the list goes on and on. He finally joined the German Heavy Metal icons PRIMAL FEAR in 2008 and with them he toured the world and recorded two successful albums that climbed high on the charts in several countries.
This time Magnus created his own album with his strongest melodic metal and hard rock set of songs ever and invited both old and new friends to sing them! The list includes RUSSELL ALLEN (Symphony X, Adrenaline Mob), RALF SCHEEPERS (Primal Fear, Gamma Ray), TONY HARNELL (TNT, Starbreaker), MARK BOALS (Yngwie Malmsteen, The Codex), RICK ALTZI (Masterplan, At Vance), MIKE ANDERSSON (Star One, Full Force), RICKARD BENGTSSON (Last Tribe), HERMAN SAMING (A.C.T), DAVID READMAN (Pink Cream 69, Vodoo Circle). Rounding up the line-up on the album is Daniel Flores on drums.
"I've had the honour to collaborate with some of the greatest singers and musicians in the world”, says Magnus. “Artists who have made my life richer with their magical music. On this album I got the chance to write tailor made songs for some of my absolute favourite singers. I was thinking, what would I really like to hear from this or that guy and then I wrote the songs. It’s like if I'm missing a song with my favourite singer in my record collection, then I just make that song for him! I listen like a fan and I write like a fan well…I am a fan!"
Produced by Magnus Karlsson Mixed and mastered by Daniel Flores