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Old July 20th, 2003, 03:56 AM   #1 (permalink)
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IA out, Simon and Mike in

Due to lack of time, Mattias IA Eklundh had to leave a raincheck on the solos for Crimson II. I was lucky to find a suitable replacement in
Simon Johansson (Memory Garden/Firegod) and Mike Wead (King Diamond/Mercyful Fate/Firegod)
These guys are working as we speak and hopefully it will work out as planned, deadline is soon!!!!

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Old July 20th, 2003, 04:13 AM   #2 (permalink)
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It's a shame Eklundh won't make it. His work with Freak Kitchen is beyond godly. What a talented player. I am, however, glad to hear Mike Wead's on the bill now. He's a great producer too.

We look forward to Crimson II, Dan.
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Old July 20th, 2003, 04:49 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Oh too bad IA couldnt make it ... well i'm shure these guys will play great solos, Dan is known for his good taste
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Old July 20th, 2003, 05:00 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Yeah. I think IA would have done some cool stuff, but after hearing both Simon and Wead's stuff on earlier albums..It could be even more suitable for the style of Crimson II. I hope IA will guest a little on Second Sky though..I dig his style
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Old July 21st, 2003, 02:26 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Yeah. I think IA would have done some cool stuff, but after hearing both Simon and Wead's stuff on earlier albums..It could be even more suitable for the style of Crimson II. I hope IA will guest a little on Second Sky though..I dig his style
Good choices, I'd say, for replacements, particularly Mr. Wead. A workaholic guy who never, ever seems to quit. Oh yeah, he's good. I don't think Diamond would have it any other way!

Bummer about IA, though. I mean, I can't get enough of his solo on "Needlefeast" by Soilwork. Ah well, at least you're still growling! Besides, Crimson version 1.0 wasn't really about the guitar leads anyway, and that album turned out a little bit better than okay. :-)
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Old July 21st, 2003, 03:34 PM   #6 (permalink)
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This should be interesting. I can't wait to hear!
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Old July 23rd, 2003, 06:39 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Can't go wrong with Mike Wead in there!
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Old July 23rd, 2003, 12:53 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I actually don't like his stuff... He's got some mad skills and so but I guess he's stuff is not my cup of tea
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Old July 25th, 2003, 12:15 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I agree IA's playing is wild. His technique being over the top, he sometimes seems to play just to show off a bit. At least that's how his solo album Freak Guitar sounds to me. He's like Steve Vai a bit, if you know what I mean. I'm not a big fan of his playing when he goes for the weird sounds he produces with the guitar, but you have to give it to him that his technique is godly. Also, since Crimson II was written by Dan, I would guess IA would have followed Dan's instruction about how he should play on it. I highly doubt his playing would resemble any of his solo work. Like I said, IA is like Vai. He's an amazing player, he could probably play everything there is to play, it's just that his style doesn't appeal to everyone. Maybe if someone else wrote the songs for him or asked him to play in a certain style, we would enjoy it a lot more. And Crimson II could have been that opportunity. Also he played on the debut Evergrey disc The Dark Discovery on a song if recollection serves. And that solo in there is brilliant me thinks.
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