Is there anything else to say to Lana Lane? The wife of Erik Norlander, who as a keyboarder and producer has also left his mark on "El Dorado Hotel", has long been regarded as THE symphonic metal queen. Who wanted to dispute this title with her? Her recipe's been the same for years: Lane stands for melodic rock and metal in symphonic garb, where keyboards and synths usually turn guitars into accessories. And above all, Lara Lane's bright, crystal-clear voice, which confidently meets all the requirements of this type of music, stands out. Prog injection as on earlier albums is now hardly available. Nevertheless the album, for which John Payne (ex-Asia, mandolin, vocals) was engaged, never gets boring. Rather, it radiates a positive, optimistic mood, although Lane dedicated it to her father, who died in 2010. Even one or the other kitschy-sweet synth sound can't change this assessment. That's Norlander, you have to go through it. For fans, that's no question anyway. And skeptics should at least try it out.
Top track: El Dorado