(8/10) What do you expect when you hear that there is a new album from Allen/Lande on its way? Exactly - classic metal with pathos and melodies. And this also what you get. Actually I could stop writing here and now, but that would be a bit too easy. There aren't that many things that changed from the last album. This is good news.
The Norwegian/US band/project releases in a constant way records on a high level. What started in 2005 with "The battle" became a successful collaboration over time. Something that is new this time is the fact that the two extraordinary singers are working together with former Startovarius member Timo Tolkki. Looking back on the latest creative outputs of the Finish guitarist I had my doubts about the new Allen/Lande record. But after listening to "The great divide" those have been swiped away.
Allen/Lande's newest record is a logical continunation of the"The showdown" from 2010. The guys are focussing on their trademarks, which are melodic metal anthems with heavy guitars, spacious keyboard arrangements and amazing hooklines. Those are reflected in songs like the opener "Come dream with me" and "Dream about tomorrow" very well. Esp. the last mentioned one shows some bigger parallels to the mighty Ronnie James Dio. Not unexpected, but always nice to listen to.
Another highlight for me is the five minutes long "Lady of winter". It is a slow pounding tune with an epical approach. The way the song is build-up, incl. the piano parts, remind to Savatage - at least I had to think about them when I heard the song the first time. "The hymn to the fallen" shows the two guys from a more Whitesnake-like side. Also a melodic metal track per excellence with a harmonic verse and a catchy chorus. The song is a real hymn, not only due to the title.
Last but not least to mention the title track. "The great divide" is a slow and sphereful song. It is from the pace almost doom with a Sabbath-riff.
The other songs can easily keep the same high level. "The great divide" is another really cool album from the two well-known singers. And it is after all the downers from Tolkki finally an album that shows that he can do better than what we have heard from him.
Fans from the former Allen/Lande records will also love this one.
- Come dream with me
- Down from the mountain
- In the hands of time
- Solid ground
- Lady of winter
- Dream about tomorrow
- Hymn to the fallen
- The great divide
- Reaching for the stars
Genre: Melodic Metal