LARD LIND - SOUL KICKER
Review by Officer Nice
Norway! A nation that stands high on my list to visit one day and this for several reasons. Also Sweden is high on that list but it seems the situation isn’t always that healthy over there…. thanks to the politics of Europe! Both countries have something special, something I can’t describe but it surely attracts me. Anyway it is a long time ago I’ve heard some Metal from out of Norway but I suppose that’s because of me and not because of them. Thanks to our Facebook page I received a message from a man listens to the name of Lars Lind, asking to review his album. Of course we do, we support good musicians in the (Hard) Rock and Metal scène from all over the world. Looking at this man’s page I discovered he is married with a very – yes very - beautiful lady, Lene Lind, who also seems to be a musician….a singer. I also noticed this lad is a guitar teacher but there isn’t a specific band we should know him from. As far as I understood he plays in a few tribute bands but nothing more.
That’s a bit bizarre because of the reputation of the Metal movement in this part of Europe. As I’ve told you before it seems like every single Scandinavian is born to be a Metal head. Okay, I am exaggerating but you know what I mean…. There is so much musical talent over there, so many first class bands. After a few spins of this record it surprises me even more we’ve never heard about Lars Lind before. This guy really is an outstanding guitar hero and I suppose any band from out there wants a guitarist so much skills in its ranks with.
This man found a few friends to compose and record “Soul Kicker” and for fans of instrumental guitar music this really is a ‘must have’. I have always liked this kind of Metal, allow me to label it this way, since the very first Yngwie Malmsteen. In that era a whole lot of guitar heroes released albums from which a few really are ‘Classic Ones”. Jason Becker, Marty Friedman, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Patrick Rondat, to name a few, have deserved several spots in my CD-collection. Once and a while you can still find their oldies in my CD-player, ‘Flying In A Blue Dream’ was even on last week and I still worship this record. But, and that’s a fact to, you have to be a fan to adore this kind of music. If not it can sound boring but that is for a big part the story of Progressive music. Fans listen to it because of the love for the music, in particular the guitars.
Well, Lars Lind understood that last sentence very well and delivers us a very good record in this particular style. Influenced by the Seventies and early Eighties Hard Rock and Progressive Rock sounds, and of course under the spell from the axemen I mentioned before, this man created an album that really is worth listening to. I witness some outstanding guitar tunes and this man is able to play with the right kind of intensity. In every note you will hear this man’s love for playing guitar. The effect is a very technical record on which also the bass and drums are incredibly good, a release on which the keyboards are playing in a subtle role although they deliver the right mood. There are no doubts that some first class musicians released with “Soul Kicker” a pretty Heavy melodic instrumental album. The line with real Heavy Metal is very thin, awesome!
“Soul Kicker” is a record that can hook up with the better releases in this kind of Metal. This kind of music is actually never that easy to rate but if you adore fast fingered and intense played leads you should give this one a try. Lars Lind created this one with the right melodic lines and that makes it very enjoyable to listen to. I admit this one has been in my CD-player for a few days! Lars Lind is able to do more and should be picked up by a bigger international band who’s looking for an extreme talented guitar player. Check http://larslind.com/index.htm / http://www.shredguyrecords.bigcartel.com/product/lars-lind-soul-kicker-cd
My rating: 87 / 100
95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !
Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan
Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it
Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing
Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate
Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard
50- : Rubbish