HEART HEALER – The Metal Opera by Magnus Karlsson

HEART HEALER - The Metal Opera by Magnus Karlsson
  • 8.4/10
    HEART HEALER - The Metal Opera by Magnus Karlsson - 8.4/10


Label: Frontiers Records
Release date: March 12, 2021

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Magnus Opus

Heart Healer – The Metal Opera by Magnus Karlsson is the newest project created, overseen and directed by Serafino Perugino, President and A&R director of Frontiers Records. The ambitious new album by Swedish guitarist Magnus Karlsson (Primal Fear, Kiske/Somerville, The Ferrymen, Magnus Karlsson’s Free Fall) is a Heavy Metal Opera featuring seven vocalists playing different characters to weave an epic tale. Playing those roles is a strong mix of up-and-coming talent and established artists including Adrienne Cowan (Seven Spires, Sascha Paeth’s Masters Of Ceremony, Avantasia), Netta Laurenne (Smackbound, Laurenne/Louhimo), Youmna Jreissati (Ostura), Ailyn (Her Chariot Awaits, ex-Sirenia), Noora Louhimo (Battle Beast), Margarita Monet (Edge of Paradise), and Anette Olzon (The Dark Element, ex-Nightwish).

Big Bold Production

In Karlsson’s words, “my interest for orchestral music has been growing increasingly during the years. I wanted to mix the epic and dramatic orchestral sound with Metal and produce something without any limits and rules. At the end of 2019, I started to work on ideas and tried new sounds and arrangements with the goal of creating something dramatic, epic, and beautiful. This is easily my biggest and most demanding work ever. First the music with big arrangements and orchestra, then all the singers and the need to find the right parts for everyone to make it as good as possible. Finally, mixing it all together in an interesting story about the Heart Healer“.

Top Tracks

Magnus Karlsson pushes himself to the limit playing all guitars, bass and keyboards while enlisting world class orchestra musicians Daniel Tengberg on the cello and Erika Sävström Engman playing violin to add that true symphonic sound. Symphonic Metal fans will find something to love on every tune, as for this reviewer the top tracks include “Come Out Of The Shadows”, the epic “Into The Unknown” and “Evil’s Around The Corner”.

Magnus Karlsson in the studio
Magnus Karlsson feeling inspired in the studio.

Final Notes

Magnus Karlsson has created quite an achievement in Heart Healer. The melodies and choruses are anthemic and catchy, the musicianship is top-notch and the production a definite 10. It’s a real accomplishment to unite with so many female vocalists from the Frontiers label to create a true Metal Opera, and Magnus Karlsson has pulled it off with flying colors. A definite must for fans of Symphonic and Melodic Metal, so add it to your collection today!


Magnus Karlsson – Guitars, Bass, Keyboards
Anders Köllerfors – Drums
Daniel Tengberg – Cello
Erika Sävström Engman – Violin

The Metal Opera by Magnus Karlsson – Tracklist

1.    Awake
2.    Come Out Of The Shadows
3.    Who Can Stand All Alone
4.    Back To Life
5.    Into The Unknown
6.    When The Fire Burns Out
7.    Evil’s Around The Corner
8.    Mesmerized
9.    Weaker
10.    This Is Not The End


  • Bryce Van Patten

    Bryce is an audio engineer and a graphic designer here at Metal Express Radio. From the day he purchased his first album (Machine Head by Deep Purple), he has had a passion for heavy music, which has influenced his whole life. Bryce is from the great Pacific Northwest in USA, and has played in metal bands like Babylon, Holy Terror, The Wild Dogs, Warhead and Egypt through the 80s. He had his first interview for the Portland, Oregon publication The Rock Rag with guitarist Paul Gilbert in his Racer X days. Then he was honored to get to have drinks, and talk for an hour with the legendary Dan McCafferty of Nazareth for his second interview. In 2013, he spent an amazing hour talking to Andi Deris of Helloween, which was the high point of his heavy metal journalism.   In the year 2001, he formed Man in Black Music Publishing. They released recordings by several local bands, and in the spirit of the old Metal Massacre compilations, he created a 2-album series called The Defenders of Metal. The albums featured classic styled Metal bands from all around the world, with bands from Australia to England, and from Argentina to Russia. Currently, he is the producer/creator/vocalist of the Metal band The Black Tuesdays.

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