Dukes of the Orient

Dukes of the Orient

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Release Date:
23rd February 2018
Record Label:
Frontiers Records
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On surface this looks like a brand new up- and coming band, but if you look closer you’ll hear and see that this is actually two veterans joining forces under the moniker Dukes of the Orient. Behind the name hides none other than John Payne (ex-Asia) and Erik Norlander (Last in Line, Lana Lane, solo etc.) and the band has its origin in the 2007 version of Asia (touring as Asia featuring John Payne), which also featured Guthrie Govan and Jay Schellen, who are also a part of this recording.

Guthrie Govan left to form The Aristocrats and he was replaced by Bruce Bouillet followed by Jeff Kollman and Moni Scaria, all of whom are a part of this as well. The songs have been created over the years and are now released out of respect for the late John Wetton.

The result is first class, if you happen to like Asia, because all of the songs are written with that band in mind and it sounds and feels like Asia all the way. It’s clear that these musicians know their craft and the roots of Asia to the fullest. And when you know the background for this recording then there’s absolutely no reason why you shouldn’t enjoy this as much as any Asia album.

Dukes of the Orient carries the Asia torch on with great pride and the humility needed to deliver an album so close to the original. And the perfect fusion of AOR and progressive rock should appeal to many rock fans across the globe.

Well done!

Best moments: “Strange Days”, “Time Waits For No One” & “Fourth of July”.


01. Brother In Arms (5:22)
02. Strange Days (5:33)
03. Amor Vincit Omnia (5:44)
04. Time Waits For No One (6:03)
05. A Sorrow's Crown (5:05)
06. Fourth of July (8:27)
07. Seasons Will Change (6:37)
08. Give Another Reason (10:08)

Playing Time: 53:08

John Payne - Vocals, bass, guitars
Erik Norlander - Keyboards

Kenn Jensen
About Kenn Jensen 434 Articles
When I kicked this site off back in 2003, I had no idea that it would turn into what it has become. I am very proud of what we've done and achieved over the years. Musically I have a soft spot for 80s inspired hard rock, but my favourite music and bands are all to be found in the progressive universe these days.

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