Allen / Lande
The Battle


3.0
good

Review

by Zippermouth USER (21 Reviews)
April 20th, 2009 | 16 replies | 5,364 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Nothing like soul-soothing hard rock on a sick day...

Today was one of those days where I really didn't feel like being alive. When I woke up this morning it felt like I had just woken up from being run over by a truck. I stumbled to my bus stop half alive only to wait for a bus that was twenty minutes late. I staggered through all four classes, drifting through endless hours of exhaustion, hunger, and the vague feeling of someone slowly drilling holes into my forehead. After long hours of suffering, I crawled through the doorway, dragged myself upstairs and plugged straight into The Battle. On days like this, there's nothing like it.

For those that don't know (everyone), Allen / Lande is a side project of both Russell Allen (Symphony X) and Jorn Lande (a whole shitload of bands, like Masterplan). You'd think that when two of the greatest front men of power metal came together they would be writing power metal songs... wrong. Allen / Lande is straight up hard rock, and although the album is littered with way too much filler, the songs that don't suck, are damn good.

You don't have to look very far to get a taste of awesome from "The Battle." The album opens with two unbelievably powerful tracks, "Another Battle" and "Hunter's Night." The actual music of the album isn't terribly good, but considering the guitar, the bass, and the keys are all played by one man: Magnus Karlsson, I think he did his share of the work. Most of the tracks (however weak they may be) are supported by very simple, but powerful power chord riffs and a large number of tracks are kicked off by piano fills. Although not an expert soloist, Magnus does a good enough job on the album to be noteworthy, but anyways...

After a startlingly good opener, The Battle fades into boring mediocrity from about track four to track seven, leaving the listener (me) with about 15 minutes of the blandest filler ever. The truly epic performances don't surface until late in the album, and they are rather scattered about. After the first three tracks, only "My Own Way" and "Where Have the Angels Gone" are worth listening to. The shocking amount of filler is very depressing considering Jorn Lande is one of my favorite vocalists of all time. After becoming enamored with his performance on Avantasia's "Scarecrow" I sought to collect more of his powerful voice, only to be disappointed by Masterplan and again discouraged by The Battle. Although good enough, Jorn really only has two songs worth hearing on "The Battle"

Russell Allen shares Jorn's fate, with a rather weak performance throughout the album and his only shining moment comes in "Hunter's Night," which is indisputably the best track on the album.

In short, The Battle has its ups and downs, and although it is mostly downs, there are some worthy tracks here.

Only tracks worth hearing…
Another Battle
Hunter’s Night
My Own Way
Where Have the Angels Gone
efforts here. Definitely worth looking into if you have the time.



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Zippermouth
April 20th 2009


1305 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I like 3, 3 is a good rating for just about everything. I think this review sucked, and its boring.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
April 20th 2009


8357 Comments


this doesn't seem all that interesting tbh for me to check out the whole album, maybe i shall myspace this band briefly though.

This review did suck and was terribly boring and the first paragraph was pretty pointless and because you mentioned my name twice I'm going to pos you sir.

Zippermouth
April 20th 2009


1305 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

um... ok.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
April 20th 2009


8357 Comments


yeah look at my last comment in the "Nonpoint's new song" comment section, that explains why I am messed up.

This review is good, pos worthy, but you have had better tbh

Zippermouth
April 20th 2009


1305 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

dont worry I'm editing this piece of shit.

Zippermouth
April 20th 2009


1305 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

there, kind of better.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
April 20th 2009


8357 Comments


very nice, I like the improvement, now I'm very happy that I gave you my vote.

Are the lyrics in this as cheesy as in a power metal band?

xequalscore
April 20th 2009


437 Comments


Not really inerested in this at all but, that cover is awesome!

Zippermouth
April 20th 2009


1305 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Are the lyrics in this as cheesy as in a power metal band?

Meh, not so much, but they aren't especially good. Universe of Light is so gay and cheesy tho.


Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
April 20th 2009


8357 Comments


darn it! Still I may myspace those guys if i have the time, but from you're review it seems that the albums as a whole is not really worth it.

Zippermouth
April 20th 2009


1305 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

no the album is kind of a failure but some of the songs are great, like seriously great.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
April 20th 2009


8357 Comments


right I'll look into the good song then.

Crimson
April 20th 2009


1935 Comments


oh wow album art is awesome

Zippermouth
April 20th 2009


1305 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

yeah thats the general concensus

Vanwarp
April 21st 2009


86 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is the album I return to - time and time again - when I work out...

Celimous
August 9th 2010


10 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This album is awesome and this review sucked



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