THOMAS CARLSEN’S TRANMISSION – new album
The Hard Rock Project known as “Thomas Carlsen’s Transmission,” unleashes the second single from the new album titled “Keys To Reality.” This one brings a very Dokkenesque sound to it with the massive melodies and chorus; a true step back into the past pulled into the present. The song is a shining testament to a young musician’s appreciation for classic hard rock and the great musicians who pioneered it.
Carlsen: “Keys to Reality” is a track which shows a more mellow and melodic side to my playing. It builds and slows down several times throughout the song. Bridging these parts are melodies and chord structures that resemble George Lynch and Jake E Lee, giving it a strong Dokken and/or 80’s power vibe.
Vocals for “Keys To Reality” are provided by Alain Concepcion who delivers massive power and conviction with a mellow vibe; a performance that highlights from start to finish.
The New Album “A Brave Horizon” is guitar virtuoso Thomas Carlsen’s highly anticipated, first, full-length album, a 52-minute collection of Heavy Metal music, written and performed by Thomas Carlsen and 5 incredible vocalists from around the world. The new album is slated for a July 14th release with 3 singles accompanying the pre-release.
Carlsen: “These songs continue building on what I started with my debut EP, “Redemption”; some tracks on the heavier, more riff-based side and some on the more melodic, toned-down side. There are also new elements in the music; like a couple of longer, progressive pieces, that I’m sure will please most metal fans. All in all, I feel this is a strong follow-up to my EP that showcases more of what I am capable of as a player and songwriter.”
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“A Brave Horizon” was written and recorded in Carlsen’s home studio. Some of the tracks date from before the release of the “Redemption” EP, although most of them were written in an incredibly fruitful period directly after his signing with RFL Entertainment in February 2022. After the vocalists had delivered their performances, mix and mastering duties were completed at Legend Recording Studio by Marius Danielsen in April 2023. “A Brave Horizon” is not only a record strongly infused with elements from Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Dokken, it is also a fierce, soulful, Heavy Metal album in its own right.
The first single “The Fire Within,” kick-started the process leading up to the release of the full album, crashing in with its thunderous drums and twin guitar leads with vocals performed by none other than one of Iceland’s finest voices, Atli Guðlaugsson of Power Metal band Power Paladin.
Transmission is a solo project by Norwegian multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Thomas Carlsen. Inspired by bands such as Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Dokken, his music is rooted in the 80’s style of hard rock and heavy metal. Carlsen is the sole songwriter and performs all instruments on the Transmission project. Carlsen’s first EP “Redemption was released in 2022 via RFL Records and combines Euro Power Metal with the Melodicism of the 80’s and Early 90’s hard rock played with drive and conviction.
1. A Brave Horizon
2. The Fire Within
3. Flight of the Wolves
4. Keys to Reality
5. Transcending Time
6. Force Majeure
8. Vermilion Skies
9. Climbing the Heights
10. The Distant Chimes
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