Book of Reflections
Chapter II - Unfold the Future

Release date: November 24th 2006
Label: Lion Music
Provided by: Lion Music

Progressive Power Metal

Rating: 70/100
Reviewed by: Kenn Jensen
Date: November 10th 2006

Bandleader Lars Eric Mattsson is back with album nummoro duo from one of his many projects; Book of Reflections.

And like it was the case with the first release from Book of Reflections he has written the entire lot, and handles most of the instrumental side of things as well as some additional vocals himself. Long time compatriot drummer Eddie Sledgehammer is brought along as well, and the prominent contingent this time around is: Björn Jansson (Tears of Anger, Beyond Twilight, vocals on 3 songs), Martin LeMar (Tomorrow's Eve, vocals on 3 songs), Anand Mahangoe (Sphere of Souls, lead guitars) and Mistheria (Bruce Dickinson, keyboard soli).

'Chapter II' isn't quite as neoclassical as their first album, this time focus is more on progressive power metal mixed up nicely with hard rock. The result ends up being a better and stronger album than their first one; a more varied and melodic album, which off course also showcases just how great a guitarist Lars Eric is.

The different vocalists do a good job, I really like Björn's performance just listen to the title track to be convinced, but not all things are peachy - first thing that strikes me is the very mediocre sound; the drum sound is bad and spoils a lot of the fun. Secondly some the songs just merely cut it and do drift into mediocrity.

Overall an OK album, which should appeal to a lot of metal fans that like their metal with a progressive twist.