4 / 5
➤ "With help from King Diamond guitarist Andy LaRocque, their singular goal of creating a pure orchestral style Metal album has been met in spades … LEDMOTIV have the start of a truly unique take on the symphonic scene. Drawing so many comparisons to bands like Nightwish and Rhapsody Of Fire, they take these inspirations and make it their own."
(Heavy Music HQ)
8 / 10
➤ "… have to admire the band’s commitment, because this is a complex undertaking … swells with rousing guitar and vocals, and has an energy that is infective … various passages with surgical precision, yet it retains an accessibility that makes it easy to listen to …"
8 / 10
➤ "… a symphonic Metal album that defies expectations and delivers an enchanting experience. With its playful combination of orchestra and Metal, this debut is truly solid. If you are in the mood for a cosmic adventure full of fun and lightheartedness, this album is a must listen. It is a musical journey that will leave you with a smile on your face and a desire to embark on your own interstellar odyssey."
7 / 10
➤ "... a unique and impressive journey through a musical galaxy ... the orchestral splendor, emotional depth and masterful fusion of various metal styles paint a picture of innovation and creative daring ... a debut that paves the way for an up-and-coming band that boldly defies genre boundaries ... sonic odyssey that delights with ambitious songs."
➤ "... a kind of Rock Opera, or Metal Opera, in which the presence of classical music is somewhat more audible than in many others similar ... the vocals are more reminiscent of musicals in tone, pitch and delivery ... while the album initially leans more towards Power Metal, it doesn't take long for atmospherically charged sequences to emerge, and the compositions feature quirky antics, transitions, and other tidbits ... if an orchestral variant of Progressive Metal is of interest, this album is certainly worth a listen ..."
An Astronaut's Diary
Gothenburg • Sweden
Progressive Orchestral Metal
Symphonic Metal, Orchestral Metal, Progressive Metal, Melodic Metal
Therion, Haggard, Rhapsody Of Fire
Aug. 27, 2023
🔘 Debut album of the Swedish Metal visionaries
🔘 Demanding Symphonic sound architectures
🔘 New genre approach with the highest ambitions
[ Music Video by Patric 'Kitesurfer' Ullaeus ]
Mainman Viktor Hakan says about "The Man In Silver":
"In todays Metal world bands tend to take themselves too seriously. I wanted to take a different approach with 'The Man In Silver'. There's nothing as charming as a great riff and a light-hearted upbeat song, and I feel we captured the right mood with the music video. Our album 'An Astronaut's Diary' is a musical, and 'The Man In Silver' is really only the tip of the iceberg. Some truly dark material lies below it. Just as movies usually start on a lighter note, this song does that for our album, and the plot certainly thickens as the songs come and go."
"Marty Friedman is as expensive as you'd expect", Viktor lets us know about the world-class guitarist, whom he requested as a guest musician for LEDMOTIV, "We had a good talk and he liked our songs, but in the end it was too much money for us to put into it."
"In my former band Kairos, we also toured with U.D.O. - there's something about that," adds the drummer with maximum motivation.
"I thought it was a great opportunity to tour with master Udo in Russia. One pandemic and one invasion later, we all know that this option is not possible for a long time, maybe forever."
But there are more surprises in store for the Gothenburg-based ORCHESTRAL METAL band:
"Having a word with Mikkey Dee backstage was just impossible with all the girls around him. I did the next best thing, which was to have a nice cold beer with the guitarist from the old-school Thrash band Vio-lence."
Part of the new album "An Astronaut's Diary" was recorded with renowned King Diamond guitarist Andy LaRocque, and the music video "The Man In Silver" was filmed by the experienced Patric Ullaeus.
[ Artwork: Joelle Blot ]
FLASHBACK: LEDMOTIV is an Orchestral Metal band from Gothenburg: the Metal- and Symphonic capital city of Sweden. The band was formed and took shape before and during the pandemic of Covid-19.
With the desire to build a new and prosperous future for the Metal industry and the Symphonic scene, drummer and composer Viktor Hakan joined forces with guitarist Nils Leufvenius and vocalist Fredrik Vahlgren, which has briefly performed with Mikkey Dee.
[ Pic: Ledmotiv ]
The line-up revolves around this trio, and increases with live performances to make way for symphonic musicians. LEDMOTIV is not an ordinary Metal band. It is an orchestral Metal band, with one goal - to combine worlds.
Metallica has tried it. Nightwish has felt the taste. But no band have fully and fundamentally dedicated themselves to a Metal Symphony approach. With the 80s Metal bands retiring one after another, the need for a big act to continue the legacy is now. LEDMOTIV aim to be that.
With the heaviness of bands such as Iron Maiden and Judas Priest, combined with Symphonic elements of John Williams’ many movie soundtracks, they strive to be something entirely original.
LEDMOTIV will not stop growing until they’ve reached arena status. If it is conceivable, it is possible.
LEDMOTIV have released the single "Master Of Simulation" 17th of June 2022, followed by their Video debut "The Man In Silver" 2nd September, and are due to release their debut album "An Astronaut's Diary" on August 27, 2023.
LEDMOTIV • Online:
01. Prologue 04:17
02. The Man In Silver 04:38
03. Master Of Simulation 07:05
04. Pressure Still Around Us In A Hollow 07:13
05. No Return, No Recovery 04:04
06. Acclimatization 12:33
07. Reach Out 05:38
08. Ignorance Is Bliss: 06:05
09. A Thousand Narrators: 08:19
10. Write Between The Lines 04:55
total 64:47 min.
Fredrik Vahlgren • Vocals
Nils Leufvenius • Guitar
Miguel Chamorro • Violin
Weronika Pietrzak • Horn
Viktor Hakan • Drums
2022 • Master Of Simulation • Single
2022 • The Man In Silver • Single
2023 • An Astronaut's Diary • Full-length
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