Format: flac + cue + log
Genre: Hard Rock, Heavy Metal
Release Date: 2000
Jшrn Lande: Lead Vocals
Tore Шstby: Guitar, Bass
John Macaluso: Drums
Dag Stokke: Keyboards
Ralph Santolla: Guitar on track 2
Shane French: Guitar on track 3
Ronni Le Tekrш: Guitar on track 4
Tore Moren: Guitar
Willy Bendiksen: Drums
Jon A. Narum: Drums, Guitar, Bass, Samples, Mellotron
The 2000 release Starfire is the debut solo offering from journeyman vocalist Jшrn Lande (ex-Vagabond, the Snakes, Millenium, Ark, Masterplan, Mundanus Imperium, Beyond Twilight, and a few others I've no doubt missed). For those of you unfamiliar with Jшrn, his vocal style is very (scratch that, VERY) reminiscent of David Coverdale with elements of Ronnie James Dio. Jшrn has become one of melodic rock and metal's best vocalists through both his session work as well as his solo career.
Starfire is not your typical debut album, since there is a 60/40 split between original material and cover songs. Jшrn isn't shy about paying tribute to his influences, and Edge of the Blade (Journey), Break It Up (Foreigner), The Day the Earth Caught Fire (City Boy), and especially Burn (Deep Purple) all show just what kind of music drives the man. These impressive covers are balanced by equally impressive original compositions. Jшrn, alongside former bandmates Ronnie LeTekrш (TNT), Tore Шstby (Conception), and Ralph Santolla (Millenium), and others, have come up with some first rate melodic hard rock songs that take Jшrn's AOR roots and add a metal edge. The best of these new songs is the title track, which has an epic feel and remains one of Jшrn's best songs.
Anyone interested in classic and/or modern melodic rock and metal really needs to check out Jшrn Lande's powerful solo material, and Starfire is the ideal place to start (though it is getting tougher to find these days). The best part is that future Jшrn albums just keep getting better and better.