Magnus Karlsson’s new metal opera Heart Healer unveils new single “This Is Not The End” featuring Adrienne Cowan, Anette Olzon, Ailyn, Netta Laurenne, Noora Louhimo, Margarita Monet and Youmna Jreissati. Listen to it below.
The song features all seven female vocalists contributing to the album; Adrienne Cowan (Seven Spires, Sascha Paeth’s Masters Of Ceremony, Avantasia), Netta Laurenne (Smackbound, Laurenne/Louhimo), Youmna Jreissati (Ostura), Ailyn (Her Chariot Awaits, Trail Of Tears, ex-Sirenia), Noora Louhimo (Battle Beast, Laurenne/Louhimo, Noora Louhimo Experience), Margarita Monet (Edge of Paradise), and Anette Olzon (The Dark Element, Allen/Olzon, ex-Nightwish).
Heart Healer’s debut album “The Metal Opera by Magnus Karlsson” is an epic metal opera featuring seven absolutely awesome vocalists playing different characters to weave an epic tale. For this latest endeavor, Karlsson worked on his biggest and boldest production to date, enlisting some world class orchestra musicians and weaving in no less than seven outstanding singers, who appear as various characters over the course of the story told on Heart Healer’s metal opera.
Musically, “The Metal Opera by Magnus Karlsson” can only be described with one word: grandiose. Arrangements, performances, and production, everything is over the top and while Magnus Karlsson’s signature style can easily be recognized, there is a Hans Zimmer soundtrack feeling to it all. The opera is about The Heart Healer, a character played by the awesome Adrienne Cowan, who wakes up with no memory and does not know who she is. She soon finds out that she can heal people with just a touch of her hand, but every time she does, she gets weaker. On her journey to find out who she really is, she meets new characters who want to help her, those who want her help, and those who are scared of her and start to hunt her.
“I have worked with so many amazing singers in my career, but mostly male singers,” says Magnus. “I have of course worked with some incredible female singers such as Noora Louhimo, Amanda Somerville, and Anette Olzon, for example. But I really wanted to write for and record with more female singers and this was a perfect opportunity. I also saw that my label Frontiers had signed a lot of awesome bands with female singers and that also got me inspired. Of course I want to have the best singers, but I also want to have different kinds of singers. They all have very unique voices and sing in different styles, which is very important for a project like this.” While it is true there’s a lot of symphonic metal out there and metal operas have been done before, Karlsson adds: “I think this has something different. It’s not just a bunch of songs. It’s a journey with epic music and beautiful voices.”
“The Metal Opera by Magnus Karlsson” will be released on March 12, 2021.