New week and as usual it's time to crowned this week's album!
The Record Of The Week is "The Great Divide", the fourth album release from Allen/Lande, two iconic vocalists of the progressive/melodic metal scene, started a collaboration back in 2005.
The project started having guitarist Magnus Karlsson (Primal Fear, Starbreaker) as the producer, main instrumentalist and songwriter, working with two highly acclaimed metal vocalists: Symphony X vocalist Russell Allen and former Masterplan vocalist Jørn Lande. The songs, all written by Karlsson, featured a variety of hard rock and heavy metal songs with a progressive metal touch. A trilogy of albums with relative success (The Battle, The Revenge and The Showdown), were released with Karlsson's work, before his departure from the project.
On March 2013, Jørn Lande announced in an interview that a new Allen/Lande album was in the works but this time with songwriting and production made by former Stratovarius guitarist Timo Tolkki, replacing Magnus Karlsson. On 24 July 2013, Timo Tolkki also confirmed the role in the project via his Facebook page. The album was officially comfirmed on July 9, 2014, with the title The Great Divide. It was released on October 17 in Europe and October 21 2014 in North America. This time, Jørn Lande has also contributed with some vocal melodies and lyrics to the album.
"The Great Divide" is like a journey through the Melodic Rock & Metal world, where you will get an melodic wonderful vocals from two of the most powerful voices in the genre. This melodic journey is covered with strong energetic atmosphere guitars, crisp and harmonic rhythmic section and catchy chorus.
The album is pretty straightforward with two amazing vocalists that really delivers a great album that can be enjoyed more than once. The Great Divide has basically been on repeat the last week. Yes, I have sinned, I have listened to the digital media (; Is apparently not been released on the analogue (Vinyl) media. The album is filled with pretty juicy tunes. The songs are well written, great lyrics, a excellent music creativity and intricate musicianship have been made on this album, it's clean and balanced and not least the performance is made with a bravura.
Todays tune "Lady of Winter" taken from this week's "Record Of The Week". Listen to this and judge yourself what you think, this one is a very powerful tune that will get your jawbone to get stuck in an open position, enjoy!
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Official Russell Allen MySpace
Official Jorn Lande Web
Listen to "Allen/Lande - Lady of Winter" on Spotify here!