VARGTON PROJEKT - Progxprimetal
European Import : LMC307
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|Lion Music are proud
to introduce the debut release ProgXprimetal
from Vargton Projekt, a new band based around some of the
finest musical talents to have emerged in recent years from
Sweden in guitarist Mats Hedberg, Grammy winning drummer
Morgan Ågren and vocalist Björn Jansson. ProgXprimetal
as the title may suggest is a varied and special release
that will satisfy the extremist metal and hard rock fan
and Zappa freaks too with its wide ranging sound.
The seeds for what would become Vargton Projekt started 2006 when Mats Hedberg (BFH) contacted Morgan Ågren (Frank Zappa/Mats Morgan band) to collaborate together after hearing his drumming on a Fredrik Thordendal (Meshuggah) album. Mats sent some rough demos which caught Morgans ear and the pair decided to collaborate on an album together. Recordings started 2007 in May at Morgans Studio Annanstans (Stockholm/Sweden) where all drums and basic guitar tracks where recorded. The sessions continued on five other occasions throughout 2008-2010 by the end of which the recordings where ready to be mixed in September 2010 at OSD studios (Bologna/Italy) by Nicola Venieri, and was mastered in march 2011 by Claes Persson at CRP studios (Stockholm/Sweden). The original thought for the album was to be an instrumental CD but Mats had an idea to ask one of Swedens finest metal vocalists Björn Jansson (Tears Of Anger / Ride The Sky) to put some vocals on selected tracks with the result in Matss own words being Amazing!. Keyboardist Hans Lundin (Kaipa) was asked to play on 3 tracks and another important element for the sound came from the animal voice of Percussionist Giovanni Imparato (Paco de Lucia) from Naples. Alessandro Gwis contributed additional basic keyboard parts and some electronical stuff which added a further dimension to the music whilst Lars Eric Mattsson performs some guest guitar solo duels with Mats on track 7.
Stylistically ProgXprimetal is high output heavy guitar and drum oriented music with modern nods to the likes of King Crimson and Mahavishnu Orchestra. Yet there are also deft moments of subtlety and atmospheric passages all of which manages to sound open and inviting to the casual listener. Vargton Projekt have produced an intoxicating blend of progressive thinking and intelligent design and make ProgXprimetal not only one of the most original releases you will hear in 2011 but one of the most musically satisfying.