· THOMAS LARSSON - Harmonic Passion (GYR023) ·

::T R A C K S::

01. tomahawk
02. autopilot
03. crane island
04. swedish turnit
05. gunsmoke in garphyttan
06. brusa hogre lilla a
07. harmonic passion
08. laidback rabbit
08. olympic ride
10. hump fiction
11. cosmic safari
12. 8 minutes to start


FORMAT: Audio CD / Jewel Case
GYR023 - $12.99

"Harmonic Passion", the awesome new instrumental disc from Swedish guitar-master THOMAS LARSSON features 12 tracks of outstanding, diverse, brilliant, sophisticated, top-shelf, world-class, well-crafted virtuoso guitar excellence.

Thomas Larsson is an amazing, gifted guitarist who is Rock Guitar's best secret. He has recorded two discs with Glenn Hughes and has toured with "The Voice of Rock" to support those discs. "Harmonic Passion" is his new musical follow-up to the critically acclaimed "Freeride" disc released several years back. Those of you who are familiar with the killer "Freeride" disc will be blown away the top-notch guitar grooves found on the "Harmonic Passion" disc. Larsson has the chops & licks to match any of the famous guitar gods, however his strong compositional skills and soulful, emotional sense of melody (harmonic passion) set him apart from the rest. Serious guitar freaks worldwide will be awed by by his incredible, melodic, creative guitar genius. Endorsed by ESP guitars and HUGHES & KETTNER amps, Thomas Larsson is a true guitar master and “tone merchant”. As an added note to all you guitar heads out there, Larsson builds his own amps and effects and you can hear them proudly displayed on the amazing "Harmonic Passion" disc. Backed by the powerful rhythm section of the infamous Johansson Bros. (ALLAN HOLDSWORTH & YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, to name a few) plus other top-shelf Swedish players and complete with an excellent production, Thomas Larsson and co. really deliver the goods on the aptly titled "Harmonic Passion" disc.

"Harmonic Passion" is a phenomenal instrumental guitar disc that is HIGHLY recommended to fans of JOE SATRIANI, ERIC JOHNSON, STEVE MORSE, ANDY TIMMONS, STEVE LUKATHER, MICHAEL SCHENKER, ULI JON ROTH, JEFF KOLLMAN, MICHAEL LEE FIRKINS, GREG KOCH, MICHAEL LANDAU, PLANKTON and other world-class guitar masters on the third stone from the sun.

From the first note to the last, "Harmonic Passion" is all about the Guitar. Thomas Larsson shines throughout and is a modern day guitar hero in an age where only a handful exist. The instrumental guitar world has a new hero and his name is Thomas Larsson. When Satriani puts his next G3 tour together, he should definitely look @ Thomas Larsson!!! Serious guitar freaks and music lovers worldwide need to tune into his amazing "Harmonic Passion" disc and learn the true meaning of "pure heavy guitar beauty". Exclusively available @ Grooveyard Records, a label dedicated to outstanding TOTAL GUITAR music.


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· reviews ·

Stylish and laid-back.. but when he explodes, watch out! He'll tear your ears off and then gently place you back in your seat, comfy and cozy, like nothing happened. But, oh, something did -- you were transformed by melodic and ferocious playing, and you'll never be the same. That's the Thomas Larsson experience.

Steven J. Rosen (5.07)
 


From Sweden - land of the midnight sun and home to a virtual legion of incredible guitar players - comes one Thomas Larsson, offering up an amazing collection of guitar art on the aptly titled "Harmonic Passion." Talk about a tone merchant - it's delivered here in spades. From delicate, hyper-articulate cleanliness to raging slabs of the tightest heaviness to the smoothest screams of "woman tone" lead work, brother Tom's passion goes well beyond just tone, chops, composition and arrangement - he actually builds his own amplifiers and effects to his own exacting specifications, resulting in not one, but SEVERAL signature sounds that are his and his alone. That alone is worth the price of admission. But...there's more...a lot more... Whenever the phrase "guitar instrumental" comes up, the inevitable question always seems to be, "Who does he sound like?" - implying a pre-conceived mindset that what you're about to hear is REMINISCENT of some prior work by some other artist...you know, it sounds like "this guy" or "that guy." One interesting impression that stuck with me like a virus long after multiple listens of this disc is that, if anything, the exact opposite is true here: take the opening cut "Tomahawk" for example - Mr. Larsson sounds more like Eric Johnson than, well, Eric Johnson! This strangely wonderful trend of "influential inversion" continues throughout the entire record. "Autopilot" sounds like what Steve Morse SHOULD sound like; "Harmonic Passion," the title cut, channels Mozart via Santana-Beckland (!); "Laidback Rabbit" pays homage to the other-worldly picking technique of the late, great Jimmy Bryant. But...there's more... There's "Brusa hogre lilla a," "Olympic Ride" and "Cosmic Safari" - hypnotic, pastoral, majestic guitar excursions all - that are highly emotive and hauntingly beautiful...as close to a spiritual experience as music can provide. When was the last time ANY piece of music took your breath away? Well, here's three that will do just that. It's impossible to pigeonhole Mr. Larsson - he's so deft at his craft and exhibits such masterful control of his instrument through the wide range of stylized compositions on this CD that each song is a musical territory unto itself. Even though every song stands alone as a separate musical story, there is a maturity and confidence that saturates this disc, resulting in a diverse yet cohesive recording that reveals NO weaknesses in any category. The compositions are brilliant; the arrangements are tightly focused; the melodies are inventive and harmonically rich, the solo work is at once virtuosic (at times, his flurries rival Vai and Malmsteen), yet earthy, soulful (Thomas also has one of the best vibratos on the planet) and perfectly proportioned (nothing is forced or self-indulgent); the tones are the musical equivalent of the spectrums on a color wheel; the recording, mix and mastering is transparent and pristine; and the work of his bandmates - particularlly the Johansson brothers (Weine on bass, Eiron on drums and LO "agget" on piano) - perfectly compliment the proceedings with energy, flair and style. Top shelf all the way around, and highly recommended - especially if you'd like to experience the feeling of being infected by a particularly virulant strain of "influential inversion" that infuses "Harmonic Passion." It's highly contagious.. and completely incurable.

JIMMY RYAN (TRUTH SQUAD) (9.06)
 


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