After recording more than 50 albums in the last 28 years, Mats Leven is one of today’s most sought-after vocalists in the hard rock/metal world.
Mats began his professional musical life with Swedish Erotica from Gothenburg in 1989. In 1990 Mats got an offer from Treat and moved to Stockholm where he still lives with his wife and two kids.
The Treat album almost led M to joining Poison guitarist C.C. DeVille’s new band a couple of years later but instead Mats recorded albums with Abstrakt Algebra and AB/CD. Guitar player Yngwie Malmsteen heard the Abstrakt Algebra album and hooked up with Mats at one of Yngwie’s shows in Stockholm in 1996. Mats joined Yngwie’s band in 1997-98 and got to record the album Facing The Animal with an old hero, drummer Cozy Powell. FTA was rewarded with a gold album in Japan 1998.
In the next 4-5 years, Mats did a number of guest appearances on albums/projects including Southpaw, Dogface, Essence Of Sorrow, At Vance, Pontus Norgren and Sabbtail. In 2003 the first Krux album was released, another collaboration with bass player Leif Edling. Another two Krux albums were released in 2006 and 2011.
In 2004, Mats supplied lead vocals for Therion’s two albums Sirius B & Lemuria. This led to some 150 shows during the next four years with the band. The album Gothic Kabbalah was released in 2007 and Mats wrote/co-wrote six of the tracks including the epic Son Of The Staves Of Time.
In 2006, Mats helped his friends The Poodles at the Eurovision Song Contest. That led to Mats writing the song Thunderball for the band that was featured on the band’s second album Sweet Trade from 2007. The album Til Death Do Us Party (2009) with Crucified Barbara was M’s first full-length production. In 2011 Mats also produced the debut album from Malison Rogue and produced/recorded the vocal’s on Sounds Like Hell, Looks Like Heaven by Mustasch that was rewarded with a gold album in Sweden.
After the years with Therion, Mats did a number of concerts with symphony orchestras.: Christmas Metal Symphony (2008+2009, Tilburg Holland) and Queen Symphonic Rhapsody (2011-2012, Spain tours)
Mats also toured in 2010-2011 with Adagio and Firewind, both band had tours booked but no singer… In 2012, Mats played some 25 shows in Sweden with Metal Allstars (members from Europe, Hammerfall and Poodles.)
During 2011 & 2012, Mats co-wrote and recorded music for the swedish hit movie Mammas Pojkar with friend Jimmy Lagnefors. The movie’s fictive band Ludor gained a cult following and an album was released in 2013.
Mats had been friends with Candlemass for many years, helping them with recording demos for their albums since 2004. During the spring of 2012 Mats was asked to help Candlemass with three shows since they no longer could work with their latest singer. Late 2012, Candlemass were voted the greatest swedish band of all time by Sweden Rock Magazine. Shows kept coming in and today Mats is a permanent member of the doom masters. To mark the band’s 30th anniversary, an EP (Death By Lover) was released in 2015.
In 2013, Mats old friend Gus G (Ozzy Osbourne, Firewind) wanted to write a solo album Mats was brought in as one of the singers on the first album I Am The Fire. (released 2014) and sang /co-wrote five of the songs. In 2015 Brand New Revolution was released with another three songs featuring M.
As often as Mats is available, he plays live with Gus G. In 2014 they did a european tour with Marty Friedman and they’ve also done a number of festivals together. In 2016, Mats got the opportunity to tour with rock theater sensation, Trans-Siberian Orchestra. 51 shows in 45 days in 30 US cities including a last show on New Year’s Eve in Seattle with the legendary Paul Rodgers as guest.
2017 looks to be a pretty busy year for Mats, Candlemass will play a number of shows including a few 30th anniversary Nightfall sets.
In the spring, Mats will record a project album (not official yet…)