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Live In Space is a dynamic and musically diversified theme album
about the universe, where the ten tracks are beautifully bound together by Linnéa’s enormous vocal range and clear vision. The result is a detailed journey through space and time, that won’t leave anyone unaffected. Live In Space is an album where both the music and the lyrics offers you much to discover.
The Big Bang, space travel, black holes, singularity, aliens, stars colliding and the inevitable end of the universe – the solo debut from the internationally praised metal singer Linnéa Vikström time travels from modern science to the eternal, philosophical questions regarding the beginning, the end and life beyond our own planet.
The plan to release a solo Ep based on scientific articles and themes about the universe and quantum physics had been on Linnéa’s mind for quite a while. But when Ömer Akay from Despotz Records saw Linnéa Vikström perform at 70000 Tons of Metal – where she jammed with Erik Peterson and Alex Skolnick (Testament), Charlie Benante (Anthrax) and others – the project grew into a whole album. Along the way the scope was broadened to also include more philosophical reflection about how everything is connected. “My interest in quantum physics started when I stumbled upon a YouTube channel with some interesting clips. And from there it has evolved during the last 3-4 years,” says Vikström.
Track 1 "End Of The Universe"
Live In Space starts with the inevitable – gravity wins over cosmos in the end and the universe is collapsing. On the heavy, ominous opening track “End of the Universe” you can track influences from Black Sabbath, among others. “When I wrote the album, I listened a lot to Black Sabbath, and that’s something you can really grasp on some of the tracks. Other tunes are just straight hard rock. While one track is inspired by Van Halen. I got and took inspiration from everywhere and nowhere,” details Linnéa and then reveals her probably least expected source of inspiration for the album. “The album is a mash-up of all the influences and inspirations I’ve came across during my life. You can even find some Spice Girls there if you just look close enough.”
Track 2 "Big Bang"
Live In Space was probably not what you expected from Linnéa Vikström. But when the singer from Therion makes her solo debut as QFT, with an album shrouded in Lennart Östlund’s marvelous vintage sound, she crushes every border and totally exceeds every expectation.
Track 5 "Aliens"
The album is beautifully wrapped up by its final track – an insightful awakening in the shape of a tender cover of Björk’s “Joga.”
The absolute greatest albums are those you can discover and re-discover over and over again. It’s those completely solid records that have so many layers of details, nuances and aspects that you always can notice something completely new. Live In Space by QFT is one of those albums.
Under the supervision of legendary Swedish sound engineer Lennart Östlund (ABBA, Led Zeppelin etc.), Live In Space was basically recorded completely live. Together with musicians Georg Härnsten Egg (drums), Jonathan Olsson (bass) and Mano Lewys (guitar), Linnéa only needed a few recordings per track. That the album – apart from some additional choirs – was recorded live can’t be heard when you listen to the result. On the contrary, Live In Space sounds like the product of immense and costly studio sessions.
“When we started the recording, Lennart said ‘Damn, you must have rehearsed a lot,’ but actually, we had only played together a few times before we entered the studio. Everyone is so amazingly good at their instrument that it only took 3-4 recordings per track to really nail everything. I’m so tired of hearing good bands on the stereo, only to later realize that they aren’t that competent when I see them live. I think it’s more honest to record everything live – what you hear on the album is what you’ll also get on stage.”
QFT front-woman Linnea Vikstrom sits down with The Manamal's Misti-Dawn.
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