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The Duke

  • 1. We Brought the Angels Down
    2. Blacksong
    3. Stormcrow
    4. End of Time
    5. Duke of Love
    6. Burning Chains
    7. After the Dying
    8. Midnight Madness
    9. Are You Ready
    10. Starfire
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): AFMCD 106

  • Credits
    ProducerJorn Lande; Jorn Viggo Lofstad
    EngineerEspen Mioen

    Classic rock stations aren't the only places where one can still find heavy metal and hard rock of the '70s and '80s variety. There is still plenty of old-school headbanger music being recorded in the 21st century; you just have to know where to look -- and the most important place to look is Europe, where an abundance of younger retro-metallers have been unapologetically obsessing over the '70s and '80s. Many of them have been focusing on power metal and/or progressive metal, but this solo outing by Norwegian singer Jorn Lande isn't prog metal (Jorn isn't a Dream Theater disciple). Nor is it power metal in the strict sense; if one's idea of old-school power metal is folks like Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Manowar, King Diamond, Helloween, Queensrche and Grim Reaper, Jorn doesn't really fall into that category. Rather, his most obvious metal/hard rock influence as a solo artist remains Deep Purple; his passionate vocals leave no doubt that he holds David Coverdale in extremely high regard. Enjoyable tracks like "Duke of Love" and "Midnight Madness" could have easily appeared on a Deep Purple (or Rainbow) album back in the '70s. But Jorn (who also shows some appreciation of Ronnie James Dio and Robert Plant) gets a lot of respect from Europe's power metal revival crowd -- and even though Deep Purple never played power metal, they certainly influenced a lot of power metal bands that emerged in the '70s or '80s (mostly the '80s). Like other derivative CDs that Jorn has recorded as a solo artist, The Duke doesn't pretend to be forward-thinking. But it's a decent and satisfying collection of heavy metal, hard rock and arena rock that fans of Europe's retro-metal movement should be aware of. ~ Alex Henderson

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