Swedish melodic heavy metal!

Ready of Not Laudamus - Ready or Not (independent) 1998

1. "Ready of Not" (4:12)
2. "He Will Be There" (3:30)
3. "Healed By God" (5:25)
4. "In Christ (We Are Strong)" (3:18)

This is really old school metal, reminding me of bands like Apostle and Leviticus. The EP is a bit stronger than their full length cd in my opinion. Apparently the band pictured on the EP all left because only guitarist/vocalist Peter Stenlund is also listed on the second cd.

Unlimited Love Laudamus - Unlimited Love (independent) 2000

1. "Unlimited Love" (3:36)
2. "Wasting No Compassion" (4:31)
3. "Feels Like Heaven" (3:06)
4. "Evidence" (3:52)
5. "I'm On My Way" (3:28)
6. "More Than I'll Ever Know" (5:21)
7. "Slamdancer" (3:54)
8. "By His Grace" (3:37)
9. "Holy Spirit" (4:35)
10. "Living God" (3:38)

This band was one of the bands that performed at the 2001 Stryper Expo.(The photo below was taken at the Expo.) I was very impressed by their classic metal set. The power trio were tight. So, I decided to give their CD a try. Musically, I remember the band to be a bit more on the classic metal side live, but on disc, they have a bit more of a modern groove mixed into their sound. The production is not bad at all. The cover art on the other hand leaves MUCH to be desired. While I cannot honestly say I would put this CD on the same level as Narnia or Wisdom Call, I would say it's an excellent independent CD.

Lost in Vain
Laudamus - Lost in Vain
(Escape Music) 2003

1. "Lost in Vain" (4:31)
2. "Mother Evolution" (4:02)
3. "My Heart's on Fire" (3:49)
4. "In the Final Hour" (3:36)
5. "Die" (4:10)
6. "Free" (3:52)
7. "I Am" (3:15)
8. "Lay Your Burdens" (4:05)
9. "Salvation" (4:07)
10. "Hear My Prayer" (5:48)

Peter Stenlud & Jonas Stenlund, 2001
photo by Jeff Gross

BIG, GIANT steps forward from their albums that preceeded this one. I already knew that Laudamus were great musicians, having seen them live a few times, but this album really showcases what Laudamus are made out of. Bringing Ken Tamplin on board to produce was a wise decision. "Lost in Vain" sounds full and big, opposed to the band's first two offerings. Musially the band is still going for the 80's melodic heavy metal sound. Lots of big hooks, melodic guitar solos, layered vocals, keyboards, crunchy guitar riffs. Actually, comparing them to Ken Tamplin wouldn't be that far off. Songs like "Free" could easily fit on a Tamplin or Magdallan album. Others, like "Lay Your Burdens Down" remind me of bands like Bonfire and Pretty Maids. In addition to taking the responsibilities of producing, Tamplin also adds some vocals here and there. Marty Friedman, Ed Roth (Impelliterri) and Jeff Scot Soto also make guest appearances on this CD.

My copy is autographed by Peter Stenlund (guitars/vocals) & Jonas Cederteg.

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