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10 years and more than 20 releases behind her, Lana Lane releases a new studio album titled as "Lady Macbeth". The concept behind this album is rather intriguing, since the story is already rather well-known... in case you've heard of a certain English poet known as William Shakespeare, you might have heard of his famous "Macbeth" play. Well, that's exactly on which the Lady Macbeth's concept is based, although Lana Lane's album tells the story from the perspective of the sinister Lady Macbeth.
The music on this album is symphonic hard rock with progressive elements scattered here and there... pretty much what one can expect from Lana Lane. However, as with previous albums, the material is somewhat monotonous at times. Nonetheless, there are some really great moments on this album. For example, Neil Citron's lead work on this album is simply amazing and the material is nicely balanced (the ballads even out the atmosphere). The musicianship is top-notch, as always, and this time there's even a newcomer on the line-up — Kristoffer Gildenlöw from Pain of Salvation.
The production on Lady Macbeth is quite good, but definitely has some room for improvement. Overall, the sounds on this album are quite atmospheric and fitting. Nonetheless, there are few impurities present in the mix every now and then. For example, the cymbals could have been recorded better (sometimes they "die" too quickly).
All in all, Lady Macbeth isn't as good as I expected, but then again my expectations were rather high. Thus, Lana Lane's Lady Macbeth is a steady, good symphonic rock album. Give it a spin, and see for yourself.
There are samples of "The Dream That Never Ends", "Someone to Believe", and "Shine on Golden Sun" on the Frontiers website for you to listen.
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- MAGE (April 26th, 2005)
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