Art Metal (album)

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Art Metal
ArtMetal JonasHellborg AlbumCover.jpg
Studio album by Jonas Hellborg
Released 2007 (2007)
Recorded at The Bunker, The Red House and at Aspoe Island
Genre Art Rock, Heavy Metal, World music, jazz, rock, fusion,
Length 49:40
Label Bardo
Producer Jonas Hellborg

Art Metal is an album by bass guitarist Jonas Hellborg, released in 2007 through Bardo Records. It is the so far only recording by Hellborg's project of the same name, Art Metal, borrowing the aesthetic of contemporary metal expanded with Indian and jazz improvisational disciplines.

With longtime collaborator, South Indian percussion master V. Selvaganesh, the bass virtuoso explores this new path with three Swedish exponents of the modern metal scene, Jens Johansson (Yngwie Malmsteen, Dio, Stratovarius) and Anders Johansson (Yngwie Malmsteen and Hammerfall) and, completing the ensemble, guitarist Mattias IA Eklundh. The music has been slowly brewed over 18 months to find the spaces where the elements of the seemingly disparate musical traditions can comfortably coexist, even gel into new forms of sonic art.[1][2][3]

Songs / tracks listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Muthucutpor" 5:08
2. "Manirambha" 5:48
3. "Nataraja" 4:10
4. "Solitude" 3:07
5. "The Three Princes of Serendip" 11:18
6. "Round Metal Hat" 4:44
7. "Vyakhyan - kar" 5:58
8. "Art Metal" 9:23



  1. ^ Friedland, Ed (June 2008). "Jonas Hellborg: Take the Reins". JazzTimes Magazine. Retrieved 2013-05-23. 
  2. ^ Milkowski, Bill (May 2008). "Jonas Hellborg Art Metal". JazzTimes Magazine. Retrieved 2013-05-23. Hellborg’s latest outing, his 22nd as a leader, is as original as it is audacious. 
  3. ^ Bardo Music Inc. (October 2007). "Art Metal". Archived from the original on 2014-11-19. Retrieved 2013-05-23. This CD subtitled Vyakhyan-kar, north Indian name for a travelling story teller, is a free and open display of symbiotic musical streams that have traveled down mountain ranges in very separate parts of the world but carried the same musical water. When mixed there is no separation it is clear and fresh. Because water is water as music is music.