Magnus Karlsson/Free Fall - 'Kindom Of Rock'
Magnus Karlsson - guitar, vocals, bass and keyboards
Jaime Salazar - drums
1.) "Kingdom Of Rock" (featuring Jorn Lande of Allen-Lande, Jorn) - This pre-intro opened with a small keyboard effect. The pre-intro alternated between acoustic guitar riffs and keyboards. Underneath the second keyboard riff there was a short tom-tom fill. There was a second tom-tom fill underneath the fourth keyboard riff. It is at his time Jaime takes the tom-tom fill and builds from it adding more and more till it turned into a full tom-tom rhythm. After two measures the main intro section kicks-in. There was a huge tom-tom fill connecting the pre-intro with the main musical intro. For the main musical intro Magnus dropped the acoustic guitar an electric. The main musical intro consisted of a two huge lead guitar rhythm riffs. Underneath the first huge riff Jaime plays the same pattern on his double-bass drum as Magnus plays on his guitar. As a former drummer schooled drummer I just love musical patterns such as this. The second lead guitar rhythm riff lead to a minor lead guitar solo. The minor solo Magnus wrote for this intro was utterly amazing to say the least. It sounded as if both of the minor lead guitar solo were double-tracked to give them a twin lead guitar sound. After the minor lead guitar solo there was a rhythm arrangement change. There was a musical rest connecting the main musical intro with the musical verse. Magnus sang harmony with Jorn on the third lyric line of the first verse. There was a drum fill connecting the musical verse with the musical pre-chorus. For the pre-chorus Magnus mainly plays fill-in chords letting Jorns vocals carry the pre-chorus. There was a musical rest connecting the pre-chorus with the chorus. Once you here the chorus it is very easy to see why Magnus chose Jorn to sing this song. In fact it was so suited for Jorn voice that this could very easily by on one of his CD's and you would not have known the difference. There was a musical rest connecting the first chorus with the second verse. The measure connecting the second chorus with the lead guitar solo consisted of a lead vocal accent over the top of the musical arrangement. In the middle of the intro Jorn sings a vocal accent. The lead guitar solo was double-tracked. Though the solo worked it was not nearly as intense as I was excepting it to be. The coda consisted of an arrangement change.
2.) "Out Of The Dark" (featuring Jakob Samuel of The Poodles) - Underneath the rhythm guitar of this intro consisted of Jaime played three sixteenth-note chocked cymbal crashes, followed by a tom-tom fill, the two more choked cymbal crashes. Over the top of the cymbal crashes was a keyboard and bass line notes. In beteen the first set of cymbal crashes and the second set there was a small lead guitar lick. There was a small tom-tom fill along with a lead guitar lick to lead in the main intro section. The main intro section consisted of a fairly standard progressive metal intro arrangement. Over the top of the rhythm guitar arrangement of the intro Magnus overdubbed a few lead guitar licks. Over the top of the last measure of the intro connecting it with the musical verse was a huge Jakob vocal scream. Underneath the vocal scream there was a snare drum fill. The musical verse consisted of a rhythm arrangement change. Underneath the fourth lyric line Magnus overdubbed a second rhythm guitar arrangement over the top of the first one. In doing so it gave the musical verse a more full sound. There was a rhythm arrangement change for the musical pre-chorus. Also, for the musical pre-chorus Magnus went down back to just one rhythm guitar arrangement. There was a tom-tom fill connecting the musical pre-chorus with the musical chorus. Jakob's vocals on the chorus gave the lyric lines these huge hooks. They also allow Jakob to show his extremely great vocal ability. The last lyric of the chorus consisted of a huge vocal scream. There was a lead guitar lick along with a pick slide that connected the first chorus with the second verse. After the second chorus there was a short breakdown that consisted of a huge vocal scream. This breakdown lead to the lead guitar solo. Magnus double-tracked his lead guitar solo to give it a twin lead guitar sound. The solo Magnus wrote for this song was utterly amazing!!!!
3.) "No Control" (featuring Joe Lynn Turner solo artist, ex-Rainbow, ex-Deep Purple) - There was a huge minor lead guitar solo that ran over the top of the entire rhythm arrangement of this intro section. This minor lead solo may have been the best one I have ever heard on a musical intro. Magnus double-tracked some of the notes of the minor lead guitar solo. This was to give the solo a tin lead guitar sound. As the minor solo begins Magnus mainly played fill-in chords. Then after about a measure he changed the chord progression to an actual rhythm guitar riff. The drum line of the intro consisted of tom-tom fills and cymbal crashes. The minor lead guitar solo goes through the intro and the opening musical verse. Underneath the first lyric of the first lyric line there was a rhythm guitar change. The rhythm guitar riffs of the musical verse was arranged in the same way the lyric line were arranged. Doing this gave Joe's vocal lines a very nice hook. Connecting the sixth and seventh lyric lines there was a small tom-tom fill. It is also at this time Magnus changes the rhythm guitar arrangement. There was a rhythm arrangement change for the musical chorus. The chorus was very reminiscent to a lot of JLT's solo stuff. There was a musical rest underneath the ninth lyric line of the first chorus. After the musical rest there was a minor lead guitar solo. Over the top of the minor lead guitar solo Joe sang a few lead vocal lines. For the second chorus Magnus tweaked the keyboard arrangement and the rhythm guitar arrangement just a little. After the second chorus there was a lead guitar solo. There was a huge musical build-up connecting the second chorus with the lead guitar solo. This build-up arrangement consisted o a huge double-bass drum pattern. Underneath the rhythm guitar of the lead guitar solo Magnus changed the bass line. This bass line change was just for the solo section. It also had an amazing hook attached to it. Underneath the second lyric line then connecting the fourth and fifth lyric lines of the third verse Jaime plays two huge tom-tom fills. After the fourth chorus there was a second lead guitar solo this lead guitar solo was just as much of a major lead guitar as the first one. This solo ran over the top of the coda.
4.) "When The Sky Falls" (featuring Tony Martin of Black Sabbath) - This track opened with a keyboard effect over the top of a snare drum pattern. After about one measure into this effect there was a several snare cracks and cymbal It is at this time Magnus kicks-in the rhythm guitar arrangement along with the bass line. The pre-verse consisted of Magnus playing an electric picking arrangement. In between the fourth lyric line and the electric picking arrangement Magnus overdubbed a single electric guitar riff. ere Throughout the rest of the pre-verse there was scattered out tom-tom fills. For the musical verse Magnus switched from a picking electric guitar arrangement to a standard heavy metal guitar arrangement. At the end of some of the lyric lines Tony carries out the lyric note. This really shows Ton's vocal ability. There was a tom-tom fill connecting the verse with the chorus. Tony's vocals had a huge hook attached to them on the chorus. The choruses of this song were amazing. After the first chorus there was a repeat of the pre-verse and verse. After the second chorus there was a double-tracked lead guitar solo. This solo completely blew me away!!!!! The end of the coda consisted of a lead vocal line.
5.) "Angel Of The Night" (featuring David Readman of Pink Cream 69) - This song opens with two measures that consisted of several blistering minor lead guitar solos. These solos were over the top of several tom-tom fills and cymbal crashes. Some of the notes of the different minor solos of the intro section consisted of Magnus double-tracking the notes. This gave those notes a twin lead guitar sound. There was a snare drum fill along with a couple cymbal crashes connecting the intro with the opening musical pre-verse. For the musical pre-verse Jaime switched the drum line from tom-tom patterns and cymbal crashes to a standard drum rhythm. The guitar arrangement stayed the same outside of Magnus adding more double-tracked guitar notes. Doing this gave the minor solo a twin lead guitar effect. Underneath the opening lyric line there was a rhythm arrangement change. This arrangement change consisted of Magnus playing rhythm chords underneath Jaime playing snare drum fills. Scattered throughout the pre-verse there was four musical rests. The musical verse consisted of a rhythm arrangement change. The musical verse consisted of two measures. For the two measures Magnus wrote a very simple yet heavy rhythm guitar arrangement. For me the highlight of the musical verse was the drum line. There was a rhythm arrangement change for the pre-chorus. There was a rhythm arrangement change for the musical chorus. the chorus consisted of Magnus playing a rhythm arrangement underneath a lead guitar arrangement. There was a minor solo section connecting the chorus with the second pre-verse. There was a major lead guitar solo connecting the second pre-verse with the second chorus.
6.) "I Am Coming For You" (featuring Magnus Karlsson) - This intro opens with a sixteenth-note cymbal crash that leads to a keyboard arrangement. Magnus set the keyboard up to where it sounded like there was a orchestral string section. There was an amazing bassline underneath the keyboard arrangement. Also underneath the keyboard arrangement Jaime pays a tom-tom rhythm. This rhythm sounded as if it was being played by a kettle drum. About one measure into the intro and there was a ingle rhythm guitar riff over the top of a cymbal crash. At this point the main intro section kicked in. The main musical intro kicked-in with a huge snare/tom-tom fill. For the main intro Magnus played a lead guitar rhythm over the top of a rhythm guitar. These two arrangements are different from one another. There was a rhythm guitar arrangement change for the musical verse. The musical verse consisted of an electric guitar picking rhythm. The drum line of the music verse consisted of a hi-hat opening and closing pattern. Instead of a snare crack with his snare hand Jamie rotated between his small, medium, and large tom. Drum rhythms such as this are very difficult and shows just how talented Jamie is as a drummer. There was a huge pick slide and rhythm guitar change for the musical chorus. After he chorus Magnus overdubbed a minor lead guitar solo over the top of the rhythm guitar. The choruses had huge hooks attached to them. After the third chorus the band slowed the music down for the major lead guitar solo section. The major solo of this song was amazing! After the solo there was a huge tom-tom fill to connect the solo with the fourth chorus.
7.) "Another Life" (featuring Rick Altzi of Masterplan) - The guitar work on this song made it an amazing song tht just completely blew me away!!!!!!
8.) "Never Look Away" (featuring Tony Harnell of Starbreaker, ex-TNT, Skid Row) - This track opened with a single rhythm guitar arrangement after about one measure the rest of the band kicked-in. The main intro along with the opening musical verse Magnus overdubbed two separate rhythm guitar arrangements. The music arrangement was laced in between the lyric lines. Underneath the first and second lyric lines there was a hi-hat rhythm. Underneath the third lyric line there was an actual music arrangement. There was an arrangement change for the musical chorus. There was a tom-tom fill connecting the second and third lyric lines of the second verse. After the second chorus there was a lead guitar solo.
9.) "A Heart So Cold" (featuring Harry Hess of Harem Scarem) - The rhythm guitar arrangement of this intro was very reminiscent to the riffs George Lynch was writing on Dokken's 1987 'Back For The Attack' release. After about a measure there was a snare drum fill long with a cymbal crash. Over the top of the snare drum fill there was a second rhythm guitar riff. After the snare Jaime kept time using his hi-hat. There was one of the meanest lead guitar riffs that I have ever heard connecting the musical intro with the musical verse. The musical verse consisted of the same basic guitar rhythm as the one Magnus used for the intro. The only difference was Magnus added more lead guitar riffs for the musical verse. Leading into the opening lyric line Magnus double-tracked a blistering lead guitar riff. Magnus laid back playing fill-in chords for the musical verse allowing Harry's vocals to be the main focus. The third, fourth, fifth and sixth lyric lines was overdubbed. There as an arrangement change for the musical chorus. The chorus had an amazing hook attached to it. After the second chorus there was a drastic musical change underneath the lead guitar solo.
10.) "The Right Moment" (featuring Rebecca De La Motte) - This was an amazing ballad. At times when it was just the keyboards and vocals the song took on a seventies. My wife said Rebecca reminded her a little of the female vocalists from ABBA. I thought this song was just utterly amazing!!!!
11.) "Walk This Road Alone" (featuring Magnus Karlsson) - This track opened with a keyboard arrangement over the top of several tom-tom fills. There was a very melodic minor lead guitar solo over the top of the intro arrangement. The band kicks-in for the last two measure of the intro section. There was a musical rest that consisted of a tom-tom fill. When the band kicks the song back-in there as an arrangement change. The guitar arrangement of the chorus had a mean sound to it. The lyrical verse consisted of keyboard and tom-tom patterns. There was an arrangement change for the pre-chorus. There was a tom-tom fill connecting the pre-chorus with the chorus. The drum line switched to a sixteenth-note hi-hat pattern. There was a very cool double-bass drum pattern for the musical chorus. There as lead guitar riff connecting the first chorus with the second verse. After the second chorus there was a lead guitar solo. After the first solo there are a couple of measure of music then an overdubbed twin lead guitar solo. There was a minor lead guitar solo underneath the third chorus.
'Kingdom Of Rock' is the second release from Primal Fear guitarist Magnus Karlsson's Free Fall. It took four days to type this review out. In the nineteen years that I have been doing this, I do not think any CD has taken four days to breakdown. It was not that there was not enough to say it was there was too much. Therefore, I had to be very careful in picking what was important and what was not so important.
Just as if the first Free Fall CD Magnus chose a who's who of heavy metal vocalist to guest sing on each song. He done the same with 'Kingdom Of Rock' except the two he sang himself. The guest vocalist included Jorn Lande (Allen-Lande, Jorn), Jakob Samuel (The Poodles), Joe Lynn Turner (Sunstorm, ex-Rainbow, ex-Deep Purple), Tony Martin (ex-Black Sabbath), David Readman (Pink Cream 69), Rick Altzi (Masterplan), Tony Harnell (Starbreaker, ex-TNT, Skid Row), Harry Hess (Harem Scarem) and Rebecca De La Motte. Karlsson says: "I didn't plan to make a second Freefall album at first, but one album wasn't enough for my wish list of singers. I wanted not only some of the best singers I ever heard, but singers that meant a lot to me and that have given me inspiration." "For example, Tony Martin and Joe Lynn Turner. I grew up with their music and that made me the musician I am today. It feels unreal to make music with them now." If I said, he was one of the best Melodic Rock/ Melodic Metal songwriters in the world then it would be a huge understatement! It is as if Magnus wrote songs with a pre-conception in mind of who will be singing the song. Over the years, I have heard several song Magnus has written and has played on however I have to say this release is some of his best work to date. The songs are complex yet simple with huge hooks that any fan will enjoy. This CD is an absolute must while you are picking it up you might as well pick up the first Free Fall release.