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Lana Lane Lady Macbeth Frontiers Records
FRCD237
Produced By: Erik Norlander

Running Time: 54.16

Release Date: April 25

Released: EU

Musical Style: Symphonic Melodic Hard Rock

Links: Frontiers Lana Lane
90%
Songs: 87%
Sound: 95%
It's not too often I get to feature my first review on this site of an artist that is so established as Lana Lane.
Up until now, the majority of her releases have been concentrated on Japan - with individual licensing deals done with other territories - but thanks to a new deal with Frontiers Records, a wider European release is now possible.
The first album of the new deal was the double live retrospective. Lady Macbeth is her first studio album of the deal and (I think) her 8th studio album overall (not including the covers, ballads and live releases!).
The musical tag applied to Lana is symphonic melodic hard rock and while that might be a slight mouthful, in this case it's entirely appropriate. As is always the case, her long time partner Erik Norlander controls production duties and lush keyboard parts. He is as much a part of Lana's sound as the lady herself.
Their vast experience as a team allows them to work as a well oiled machine and every note of this album is perfectly placed and executed seemingly without effort.
Guests on this record include Mark McCrite (guitar, vocals), Neil Citron (guitar) and Don Schiff (NS/Stick) along with vocalist Kelly Keeling, who contributes some stunning harmony vocals to the album.
Lady Macbeth is a dramatic rock album, which tells a complex story through its 10 tracks and 50-odd minutes of music.
It's so well done however, that individual tracks can be appreciated outside the realm of the story, which I think it always an important factor with concept records. However, listening to it from start to finish takes the listener on a vivid journey which takes in the legendary story of Lady Macbeth and musically runs the gamut from intense and dramatic symphonic hard rock to lush, soaring ballads.
The opening track sets the scene with a double time rhythm and some dramatic backing vocals, but it's the second track and feature song Someone To Believe that really hits where it counts. A great hook, an emotional ballad and a haunting musical accompaniment make it an obvious stand out.
Our Time Now and No Tomorrow are both intelligent ballads which set up the story for the more intense numbers that surround them.
Summon The Devil and Shine On Golden Sun feature dramatic rock passages, with Keeper of The Flame returning to the double time hard rock of the opening track.
The Vision is another haunting piece, albeit and instrumental one this time.
We Had The World and Dunsinane Walls run together to close the album and conclude the story being told. Both are atmospheric pieces of music and define the term symphonic melodic rock.
The Bottom Line
A very good album and a fine introduction to the talents of Lana Lane for those that have not previously had the opportunity to appreciate her. The album itself is perfectly written and recorded and features some great multi-layered symphonic melodic rock. It could have been a little more uptempo in places and does tend to be a little laid back, but it is a rewarding release for those that take the time to get to know it. I have no doubt that established Lane fans will adore it.
Discography
Love is an Illusion
Garden of the Moon
Live in Japan
Secrets of Astrology
Ballad Collection
Project Shangri-La
Curious Goods
Garden of the Moon
Covers Collection
Winter Sessions
Return to Japan
Lady Macbeth

Line Up
Lana Lane: Vocals
Peer Verschuren, Mark McCrite, Neil Citron: Guitar
Ernst Van Ee: Drums
Kristoffer Gildenlow, Don Schiff: Bass
Erik Norlander: Keyboards
Kelly Keeling: Backing Vocals

Essential for fans of:
Lana Lane
Nightwish
Track Listing
The Dream That Never Ends*
Someone To Believe*
Our Time Now*
Summon The Devil
No Tomorrow
Shine On Golden Sun
The Vision
Keeper of The Flame*
We Had The World*
Dunsinane Walls
Bonus Video: Someone To Believe
--*Best Tracks


23/08/05: Jonny B - froloth@hotmail.com
Rating: 70
If you're a new fan to Lana Lane, then you're best choices are "Garden of the Moon," or "Queen of the Ocean." Those truly define her best work. I find all her post-Secrets of Astrology material to be absolutely dull. Even her covers album needed a few more rockers! PLEASE, no more concept albums, Lana! You're more capable then that!

19/05/05: Freddy De Keyzer - freddydekeyzer@hotmail.com
Rating: 88
To be honest : I'm a big Lana Lane fan (boy, she and her band are criminally underrated while they blow the hyped HS away !) and she never lets me down !
I wouldn't compare this to Nightwish ! Lana Lane has far more class !
Beautifull symphonic melodic hardrock and as always : I love to listen to the voice of Lana and to the keys of Erik !
Fantastic band ! Great record again !
RECOMMENDED !!!!!


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