Mats Karlsson – The Time Optimist

I guess most people aren’t very familiar with Mats Karlsson, going “hmmm” when taking a look at this review. Mats Karlsson came into the spotlight here in Sweden while playing guitar with Swedish Metal/Hard Rock outfit 220 Volt, a band that never really made it outside of Sweden. To be frank, they weren’t exactly huge in Sweden either even though most rockers that grew up in the 80’s know who they are. They were the closest to a international break-through when in 1988 they released their most commercially viable record Eye To Eye, their fourth, with legendary producer Max Norman (Ozzy Osbourne, Y&T, Lynch Mob, Megadeth, Savatage) steering the wheel. It’s also my favorite 220 Volt album and in my book, the album deserved a better fate than it did. Personally, I was never a big fan of the band even though I never disliked them – they sure wrote some really good songs throughout the years.

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