I have to say hearing Tony Kakko once again collaborating with Jani Liimatainen on All Dreams Are Born To Die, did bring me a little bit of chill as it’s been a long time since the Sonata Arctica founders have worked together but that magic is most definitely still there. Liimatainen has knack of imbuing even the most frantic guitar riff with an emotional edge, he is also an excellent judge of which vocalists work with the music he writes, on his solo projects The Dark Element and Cain’s Offering he has two of the best around, so with My Father’s Son, he has managed to recruit a who’s who of melodic metal/hard rock voices due to Frontier’s extensive connections.
Black Eye - Black Eye (Frontiers Music Srl)
Anyone who knows their melodic metal/rock will know the name David Readman, the vocalist of both Pink Cream 69, Adagio, Almanac, Voodoo Circle and his own solo band. So it’s only natural that Frontiers would have an idea for him, so pairing him up with producer/guitarist Aldo Lonobile (Secret Sphere, Archon Angel Sweet Oblivion) is a great choice as he is a stunning guitar player, deft handed producer and knows how to get the best out of vocalists such as Zak Stevens and Geoff Tate. Lonobile can write tracks that suit the often wide ranging voice of these singers and once again has done this for the bluesy, powerful throat of Readman on the Black Eye project.
Another collaborative effort from the Frontiers team, this time it's Tad Morose axeman Kenneth Jonsson's latest project. Initially slated as a solo project, there was a few phone calls, maybe some emails, the songs started to be written, with contributions from singer Ulrich Carlsson (Shaggy, ex-M.ILL.ION), bassist Örjan Josefsson (Cibola Junction), drummer Johan Koleberg (Wolf, Therion, Hammerfall, etc.), and keyboardist Kay Backlund (Lions Share, Nils Patrik Johansson, Impera, etc.) As things progressed in the studio, the collaboration became more pronounced so the solo project gave way to a band. Jonsson wanted to make an album that had enough of his signatures that people would know it's him but also expand out of his comfort zone citing numerous polyphonic composers as inspiration for Starchaser, this was mainly because this record was written on a piano so relies as much on the synths, orchestrations and keys as it does riffy guitars.