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LAST TRIBE (Sweden)


Summer 2002





Magnus Karlsson was born in south of Sweden in 1973. He began
playing guitar at age 10, and almost immediately started his first
band. He studied classical guitar in school, but his band was into
"The New Wave Of British Heavy Metal" and he listened to bands
such as IRON MAIDEN, JUDAS PRIEST, DIO and BLACK
SABBATH.

In 1989 Magnus decided to devote the most of his time to become
a better guitar player and songwriter. His main influences were
Steve Morse, Steve Vai and Allan Holdsworth. He played in different
metal and fusion bands and developed a style that mixed metal with
folk music. He joined a Celtic folk group in 1991 called HOT PEBBLE
and toured in Scandinavia for two years as a guitarist and a banjo
player.

In 1996 he started an education at MALMOE COLLEGE OF MUSIC
and was awarded a master degree in "music education" 2000.
During the time in college Magnus started to write songs in the metal
tradition again and started LAST TRIBE. He also joined MIDNIGHT
SUN on the "NEMESIS" album released in Europe in late 2000 by
POINT MUSIC. Magnus got a lot of attention in the media due to his
incredible skills and tasteful approach, including important magazines
like YOUNG GUITAR, BURRN! etc.

LAST TRIBE was put "on hold" for a while, but Magnus kept on
riting his own songs after the recordings and promotion of MIDNIGHT
SUN. The final result is "THE RITUAL", the band's debut album
which can be described as melodic metal with a touch of progressive
elements and very strong vocals. The debut album that where
released on FRONTIERS/NOW & THEN on June 25th is called "THE
RITUAL" and was produced by Anders "Theo" Theander (PAIN OF
SALVATION, MIDNIGHT SUN, SANDBERG etc.).

After a critically successful debut album "THE RITUAL" (87/100
BURRN! - 5/6 ROCK IT - 8/10 ROCK HARD - 6/7 METAL
HAMMER - 10/12 HEAVY ODER WAS etc), the band faced the fact
of topping such an album and Magnus started to write new songs for
the follow up during the summer of 2001. Magnus has his own small
home studio that made it convenient for co-producer Anders "Theo"
Theander to get into the new material. It was easy to realize that the
new album had some really killer songs to work on. As the debut
album got raving reviews from most of the important magazines in
both Europe and Asia, this was a really important album.

In the meanwhile key members Magnus and Rickard decided to part
ways with Kristoffer and Paeron this new album. They are all still
good friends but the way the new album progressed, Magnus decided
that this was for the best. The progressive elements are highly
advanced and needed experienced musicians as Dick and Jaime.
Jaime needs no further introduction, as he is one of Sweden's top
drummers and also a co-member with Magnus in MIDNIGHT SUN,
therefore this choice seemed to be an obvious one. Since Jaime is
no longer a member of THE FLOWER KINGS, he decided to join
Magnus and Richard in the band. Dick Loevgren is a high profile bass
player and has been a good friend of Rickard for many years. Dick
and Rickard have been working together in the ARMAGEDDON-
project with Chris Amott, Daniel Erlandsson on the "EMBRACE THE
MYSTERY" (TOYS FACTORY) album, who toured in Japan about a
year ago. Dick has also toured with bands such as ARCH ENEMY
and IN FLAMES. The lead singer of A.C.T, Herman Saming, is also
singing back-up vocals on 2 songs.

(Taken from the official website of LAST TRIBE)


Their latest album "WITCH DANCE" is on sale from MARQUEE/
AVALON in Japan/Asia (released on March 21st, 2002), and from
FRONTIER RECORDS in areas besides Asia (released on April 22nd,
2002).




(Discography)

THE UNCROWNED (FRONTIERS, 2003)
WITCH DANCE (FRONTIERS, 2002)
THE RITUAL (FRONTIERS, 2001)



The Official Website : http://www.lasttribe.net/




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