KENS DOJO – Reincarnation
Sure, the guest list is quite impressive, you have Nils K Rue from Pagan’s Mind, Michael Eriksen from Circus Maximus, Eirikur Hauksson from Magic Pie, and the one and only Glenn Hughes. Add keyboard wizard Ken Hensley, bass guitarist Morty Black and drummer extraordinaire Truls Haugen, also from Circus Maximus, talk about all-star team! And then the main man behind this project, Ken Ingwersen, world class guitarist, who has worked with a whole lot of different names and bands, in all kinds of different genres. This cant go wrong, can it?
The answer is no. And yes. All of the guys do what you expect, they all know how to sing and play, so far so good. So what’s the problem? It’s simple. It’s all well over average melodic metal, but average and then some is just not good enough in my book. Sure, I recognize quality no matter what genre of metal we are talking about, and this is quality, but again, that’s not good enough in the long run. I prefer all these guys in their main bands, this is more like a teaser of what they are capable of, but not "there". I have no problem discussing this, in the end, like always, it’s a matter of taste, and I am absolutely 100% sure this album will really get a lot of people going wild. There is one thing I will not discuss, and that is the ballads, which I overdosed on back in the 80’s… "Rain rain rain in my tears"… I know it’s an old Uriah Heep song, but its still terrible. End of story.
Conclusion: Check it out if you are into melodic metal with great singers and musicians, but don’t get to excited by the names involved before you have heard the result a couple of times.