Ola EnglundMaster of the Universe

Estimated reading time: 2 minute(s)

✦✦✦✧ This solo debut cements Ola Englund as the torchbearer for modern guitar wankery. Imagine a Shrapnel Records vanity album, only by way of Sweden instead of California. (Jason Becker: still alive, gods love him!) Fans of The Haunted expecting more of the same will be disappointed, but keep your eyes on the prize: this album taps into lots of different metal styles, so there’s something here for everyone, even if it isn’t super memorable or emotive. Still, this is lovingly crafted, expertly played, and exceedingly well paced. And it’s nice to hear the expansive and progressive side of Ola coming out here.