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Fenrik Lane - 2010 317



ARTIST: Fenrik Lane
ALBUM: 317
LABEL: Melodic Rock Records
SERIAL: MRR-002
YEAR: 2010
SPONSOR: Andrew McNeice

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Knut Glesnes - vocals, guitars * Christer Unneland - drums, percussion, backing vocals * John Erike Soltvedt - bass, additional guitars, piano, backing vocals

Additional Musicians: Jens Kristian M Rimau - keyboards * Erick Gronner - keyboards, percussion

TRACK LISTING: 01 Megalomania * 02 Call Her Name * 03 Diamonds In The Waste * 04 Paranoia * 05 Runaway Car * 06 Cover Your Eyes * 07 Left Me Scarred * 08 Hot Lips * 09 Bulletproof * 10 Hello * 11 Going Nowhere * 12 Hate How You Say Goodbye * 13 Sun Explodes * 14 Russian Roulette

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WEBLINKS: www.fenriklane.com


Background
For a number of years now, I've considered Norway to be one of my favourite countries for delivering melodic rock and pop on a consistent basis. The list is long and large and I won't need to repeat myself here. Out on the west coast of Norway lies the town of Bergen. It's home to a few acts that have been featured here at GDAZE already. Add the name Fenrik Lane, recently signed to fledgling label Melodic Rock Records. Now, Fenrik Lane aren't a new name on the scene, they've been around since the late 90's, and trainspotters will know that the band previously featured singing superstar Kurt Nilsen in their ranks prior to his breakout stardom through the World Idol series back in 2003, upon which he opted for a solo career. The band also released an album in 2005, and have been forging a path on their own. I'm guessing that Nilsen's success and solo career has been both a blessing and a curse for Fenrik Lane, but I think there is enough raw talent on display for them to climb further up the ladder. I am reminded in places of Norway's other modern pop/rock icon, the rather excellent Erik Faber, who it seems has fallen off the musical map the last few years, plus the revered Finnish outfit Poets Of The Fall, who are well covered here at GDAZE with reviews of most of their albums stashed away in the online library. American outfit Melee who impressed a few with their 2007 'Devils And Angels' CD also gets a slight look in here, especially when those piano lines are rattled out.


The Songs
Leading off with 'Megalomania', it captures the band and their modern rock sound as if from the 'nu breed' era, it has a deep and moody vibe, with a degree of angst and personal reflection, along with the lyrics to match.

The good time feel of 'Call Her Name' is as entertaining as it bright and breezy, including all the la la la la's on the chorus. Nice track.

'Diamonds In The Waste' is the band's first single, and it's easy to see why, with an easy relaxed style and gorgeous chorus. I have tagged the video for this in the comments section underneath.

'Paranoia' could be best described as manic melodia, the clever Cossack sounding section towards the end was kinda cool!

'Runaway Car' is another of those 3 minute sugar bullets, with a song structure and chorus that wouldn't sound out of place on todays charts, if given the opportunity.

'Cover Your Eyes' once it sets sail, is quite a majestic piece, even if the mid-section moves into U2 territory with its heavy use of thumping bass lines.

The piano taps out the intro for 'Left Me Scarred', but soon surges ahead in a rockin' fashion. I am reminded of Melee's 'Devils And Angels' material listening to this. Tack onto this, the rollicking fun of 'Going Nowhere' which is also very infectious in that Melee style.

Fenrik Lane throw in a few ballads too. 'Bulletproof' is one of those, but the best one is the lovely flowing 'Sun Explodes', with a (excuse the pun) sunny disposition.

'Hate How You Say Goodbye' is another lovely tune, and though the songtitle and lyrics might have a negative connatation, this is bright and melodic mostly.

The band finish off with the powerful 'Russian Roulette', a short sharp burst of adrenalin, and as you can imagine with a songtitle like this, the heartbeat ticks fast and the bullet is in the chamber ready to go!


In Summary
There are fourteen tracks onboard, and all are relatively short and sweet - in that 3 to 4 minute bracket. Look, I've said it time and time again on this website.. and that is: I just love all things musical to do with Norway. Whether it's the prog metal scene with the awesome Pagans Mind, or all manner of pop/AOR over the years, you can now add Fenrik Lane to that list. Though to my ears, these guys would've been better suited to releasing '317' between the 1998-2002 era, though in saying that, they could well have been lost in the shuffle during that so-called 'nu breed' era too, and considering many top bands lost their contracts after one or two albums, the scrapheap could well have beckoned. Good on them for keeping the flame going, and nice to see them still in action a decade on. Fans of modern pop/rock should investigate, and if Poets Of The Fall and/or Melee are on your playlist already, then Fenrik Lane will make a welcome addition.


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