It would be an understatement to call Jorn Lande lazy -
he has after all participated on roughly about 20 different releases
(Vagabond, The Snakes, Millenium, Beyond Twilight, Nostradamus, Ark -
just to mention some of them), and most people do know him from his
performances on Masterplan. But throughout his career he's been
releasing solo-albums on a regular basis as well, "The Duke"
is his fourth solo-album ("Starfire", "Worldchanger"
& "Out to Every Nation" being the others).
Like on his other solo-albums, he returns to his
classical hard rock roots, and shows on 12 songs once more just how
great a vocalist he is... The songs might not be as strong as the ones
his last solo-album "Out to Every Nation" and nowhere as cool
as the Allen/Lande project from last year, but this is still a cool
display of his vocal-skills, the music is solid and the album has a good
production that fits the music very well.
Jorn Lande fans will pick this
one up no matter what I write, so should fans of classic hard rock -
it's not like this is a bad album, just not spectacular either...