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The return of Jorn Lande!,
Ce commentaire fait référence à cette édition : Time to be king (CD)
After 2 albums, Jorn Lande left and was replaced by Mike Dimeo, known by his previous work with American metal band Riot. While he was also a great singer, he couldn't really replace the phenomenal voice of Jorn. Four years later Lande is finally back where he belongs.
The album is filled with mainly up-tempo melodic power metal songs with chunky riffs and laced with wonderful guitar solos. "Fiddle of time" is a strong up-tempo song, dominated by keyboard and soaring vocals. "Far from the end of the world" is the single and a typical Masterplan song. The title track begins with the ringing of bells and a choir, followed by screaming guitars and powerful vocals. In some songs we hear orchestration like in "Lonely winds of war". The main melody from this song is based on "Prince Igor" by Russian classical composer Borodin and Jorn sings heavenly on this one. Other highlights are the very emotional power ballad "The Dark road" and the dark, threatening "The black one". "Blue Europa" excels in tight rhythms and is a critical ode to an united Europe. I bought the Japanese import with the bonus track "Never walk alone", which I prefer to the digipack bonus "Kisses from you", which is a very nice Queen-like song, but it doesn't really fit in their repertoire.
Most songs are written by Roland Grapow and Jorn Lande, but keyboard player Axel Mackenrott also wrote about 3 songs. This new album sounds like a cross between the nameless debut album and Jorn his solo work, but with clearer sound and production and superior guitar work. The replacement of drummer Uli Kusch by Mike Terrana makes that there is more variety in drumming, instead of the typical double bass drum, which is standard to most power metal bands.
The return of Jorn Lande gives this band the boost they needed to claim their place back at the top op power & heavy metal bands. At first listen, I was a bit let down, because I expected more blistering power metal like "Enlighten me" or "Kind hearted light" from their debut, which was an absolute classic. But after repeated listening, this album grew on me and it's even better than "Aeronautics"! There is a lot of variety here and the songs are all very well worked out. The real strength of this band lies in their composing skills. It's made by absolute top class musicians and it belongs in every metal collection.
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