March 27, 2020

I guess we all know that this project features Russell Allen, the vocalist of immense US rockers Symphony X and Anette Olzon formerly of Nightwish (what a great job she did in replacing the irreplaceable Tarja Turunen) and The Dark Element with Sonata Arctica guitarist Jani Liimatainen? Effectively, this is a continuation of the project put together by Swedish guitarist, song writer and producer Magnus Karlsson of Primal Fear and Free Fall fame.

Earlier albums between Allen and Karlsson have also featured the talents of the wondrous Norwegian Jorn Lande and the Allen Lande albums really do deserve to be in you music library as they are melodic metal at its finest. Allen and Karlsson have got back together again and this time brought on board the sublime Anette Olzon and the marriage of their voices is one made in Heaven as they work divinely together. Karlsson plays guitar, bass and keyboards with drums courtesy of one of his Free Fall colleagues Anders Köllerfors and also of Starbreaker.

This is high quality melodic metal with Magnus Karlsson again showing his prodigious skills and his guitar work is simply stunning with huge and hard hitting riffs and solos that quite literally take your breath away. Russell Allen shows again just how good a front man he is and is another singer who seems to get better with the passing of the years.

The combination of his voice with Anette Olzon is remarkable and will surely lead to further projects together as they both have the sweetness, power and clarity that makes music so special and their combination makes for many truly magical moments on this high quality albums on which the standards never slip. Karlsson has again written a fantastic selection of songs and his level of musicianship is amazing but Allen and Olzon steal the show and deservedly so with a vocal display second to one.