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STARCHASER (Frontiers Records Srl)
After quitting Tad Morose Kenneth Jonsson decided to focus on songwriting.
He had an idea of combining his minimalistic/repetitive influences into the hardrock/metal genre. Although one could not say that the music itself is minimalism, the influences of composers like Phillip Glass or Max Richter will show up here and there throughout the album. Kenneth started to write and in just a couple of weeks he had about 10 songs.
His first choice of singers was Ulrich Carlsson (Shaggy and Formerly M.ILL.ION) which he thought had this perfect mix of clean and raw tone in his voice, he is also very melodic in his approach and of course an incredible nice guy to work with! Ulrich wrote all the lyrics and vocal melodies for this album all by himself, he also came up with some good arrangement ideas to make Kenneths songs sound even better!
Further on Kenneth asked Örjan Josefsson from Cibola Junction to handle the bass, he was also his first choice. Kenneth have known Örjan for a long time and he really needed a bass player who thinks music the same way he do. He contributes to the songs the same way Ulrich does and fits perfectly into the concept.
Long time ago when Kenneth played with Torch, he became a very good friend with drummer Magnus Ulfstedt (Eclipse, Torch, Jimi Jamison, Nordic Union) Magnus was supposed to play on this album, but time schedules didn't work out, so he kindly helped Kenneth get in contact with Johan Koleberg (Wolf, Therion, Hammerfall, Lions Share, Randy Piper). And Johan turned out to be a perfect match.
Since Kenneths songwriting is based on piano, he needed a skilled keyboard player who could help him develop his ideas into something even better, so he asked a friend (Nils Patrik Johansson, Astral Doors, Civil War, Lions share. Wuthering Heights) and he helped him to get in contact with Kay Backlund (Lions Share, Nils Patrik Johansson, Seven, Impera). Kay plays keys on the album and suits the concept excellently.
As time passed by Kenneth realised this wasnt going to be a “Solo” album because of all the positive inputs from Ulrich, Kay, Örjan and Johan. Together they decided to form a brand new band which they named STARCHASER. Other contributors and guest apperances on the album is Charles Rytkönen (Morgana Lefay) Anders Rytkönen (Slaggpusher) Jens Westin (Corroded).
The album is produced, mixed and mastered by Roger Bergsten at Nevo Studio
Lena Graaf – GMR Music