The Battle

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Here's one I never thought I would see...

"The Battle" is marketed under the name Allen/Lande...those being Russell Allen (Symphony X) and Jorn Lande (Ark, Masterplan). In actuality, the mastermind behind the project is Magnus Karlsson, the guitarist of Last Tribe and Starbreaker. He uses the singers individually and combined to interesting effect. Essentially an album of melodic metal it occassionally strays into the upper echelons due to the participation of these magnificent frontmen.

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Tue, 2010-06-08 09:56
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Given the two phenomenal vocal talents involved - Russell Allen (Symphony X) and Jorn Lande (ex-everyone else) - was anyone really expecting less than greatness from the Battle? I'm a vocalist fan first and foremost. I think technical prowess is important and enjoy instrumental pyrotechnics as much as the next guy, but my enjoyment of an album will ultimately have a lot more to do with how well the singer belts out the songs than how long a guitarist can shred or how many strings a bassist uses. As technical as Symphony X's music gets, Russell Allen is the main reason I buy their albums. And as for Jorn Lande, let's face it - the man is a vocal god. The Battle is an album that is perfectly tailored for these vocal titans. The songs are extremely melodic, extremely well-written, and capitalize on the full range, power and emotion each singer possesses. Jorn is no stranger to this kind of melodic metal, but hearing Russell Allen in this setting makes me think his talents may be wasted in Symphony X, where he often has to remain silent while Michael Romeo is Yngwie-ing around. And while much credit is due both singers, I think special mention should be made of guitarist/songwriter Magnus Karlsson, as it is his songs these guys are singing. Karlsson, a veteran of such first class melodic metal bands as Last Tribe and Starbreaker, is one of the two best "behind the scenes" players in the genre (Pink Cream 69's Dennis Ward is the other). The combination of his great songs and playing and Jorn and Allen's vocal performance is just amazing to hear, and is the real reason The Battle is such a fantastic album. I have absolutely no complaints at all about the Battle. I do occasionally have "what if" thoughts and would have loved to have seen DC Cooper (Silent Force) added to the mix somewhere. He would have been right at home on a project like this. If you're a fan of Russell Allen, buy this album. If you're a fan of Jorn Lande, buy this album. If you enjoy top quality melodic metal bands like Pretty Maids, Last Tribe, TNT, Pink Cream 69, Starbreaker, Shy, and Sunstorm, you absolutely must buy this album.
Tue, 2010-06-08 09:56
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The Glenn Hughes - Joe Lynn Turner albums paired two of rock's best singers together with great results. So what would happen if you tried the same thing with prog-metal singers? You'd get Russell Allen from Symphony X joining Jorn Lande who’s from too many bands to name off. This battle of heavy weight prog-metal vocalists is exceptionally cool as they get to truly show their considerable range. Some of the songs are solo, some are dual. The only thing that would have made this collaboration even cooler would have been to actually let them battle each other vocally! This is one of those albums you need to hear to appreciate. The music is capably handled by guitarist and mastermind Magnus Karlsson. The music is a bit more on the pop side of metal, but with these two vocal gods, it works.
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This is what I would like to hear on rock radio in this age of sludge. Energetic and melodic AOR with two outstanding vocal talents. Both this album and it's companion release "The Revenge" are worth your time. Leyth
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Tue, 2010-06-08 09:56
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Given the two phenomenal vocal talents involved - Russell Allen (Symphony X) and Jorn Lande (ex-everyone else) - was anyone really expecting less than greatness from the Battle? I'm a vocalist fan first and foremost. I think technical prowess is important and enjoy instrumental pyrotechnics as much as the next guy, but my enjoyment of an album will ultimately have a lot more to do with how well the singer belts out the songs than how long a guitarist can shred or how many strings a bassist uses. As technical as Symphony X's music gets, Russell Allen is the main reason I buy their albums. And as for Jorn Lande, let's face it - the man is a vocal god. The Battle is an album that is perfectly tailored for these vocal titans. The songs are extremely melodic, extremely well-written, and capitalize on the full range, power and emotion each singer possesses. Jorn is no stranger to this kind of melodic metal, but hearing Russell Allen in this setting makes me think his talents may be wasted in Symphony X, where he often has to remain silent while Michael Romeo is Yngwie-ing around. And while much credit is due both singers, I think special mention should be made of guitarist/songwriter Magnus Karlsson, as it is his songs these guys are singing. Karlsson, a veteran of such first class melodic metal bands as Last Tribe and Starbreaker, is one of the two best "behind the scenes" players in the genre (Pink Cream 69's Dennis Ward is the other). The combination of his great songs and playing and Jorn and Allen's vocal performance is just amazing to hear, and is the real reason The Battle is such a fantastic album. I have absolutely no complaints at all about the Battle. I do occasionally have "what if" thoughts and would have loved to have seen DC Cooper (Silent Force) added to the mix somewhere. He would have been right at home on a project like this. If you're a fan of Russell Allen, buy this album. If you're a fan of Jorn Lande, buy this album. If you enjoy top quality melodic metal bands like Pretty Maids, Last Tribe, TNT, Pink Cream 69, Starbreaker, Shy, and Sunstorm, you absolutely must buy this album.
Tue, 2010-06-08 09:56
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The Glenn Hughes - Joe Lynn Turner albums paired two of rock's best singers together with great results. So what would happen if you tried the same thing with prog-metal singers? You'd get Russell Allen from Symphony X joining Jorn Lande who’s from too many bands to name off. This battle of heavy weight prog-metal vocalists is exceptionally cool as they get to truly show their considerable range. Some of the songs are solo, some are dual. The only thing that would have made this collaboration even cooler would have been to actually let them battle each other vocally! This is one of those albums you need to hear to appreciate. The music is capably handled by guitarist and mastermind Magnus Karlsson. The music is a bit more on the pop side of metal, but with these two vocal gods, it works.
Tue, 2010-06-08 09:56
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This is what I would like to hear on rock radio in this age of sludge. Energetic and melodic AOR with two outstanding vocal talents. Both this album and it's companion release "The Revenge" are worth your time. Leyth
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