- LANA LANE
- Secrets of Astrology
- ( ©LIMB Music Products 2000 )
- Released on: 24/7/2000
- Astrology Prelude 3:59 Secrets of Astrology 8:33 Alexandria
5:16 Raining 6:17 The Bell 5:16
- Speed of Sound 5:24 Under the Sun 4:43 Tarot
4:47 Asherah 6:52 Guardian Angel 6:41
- Long Winter Dreams 5:51 Astrology Postlude 3:31 Rhapsody*
- *Bonus Track
- The latest album release from Lana Lane is her number five and another fine piece of
music from this accomplished artist and a true musical visionary. Blending musical genres
that seem outdated at the first glance has never been an easy task yet Lana and her group
seem to capture the essence of both sympho rock and progressive metal. The excellent
production on this album is handled by Erik Norlander, a figure that is well-known in the
progressive music. The line-up is pretty much the same as on the previous album with Arjen
Lucassen and David Victor on guitars, Tony Franklin on bass, and Ed Warby on drums. Lana
utilises lead and backing vocals while Erik plays Hammond organ, Mellotron, piano, Rhodes,
Minimoog, synthesisers and percussion.
- Secrets of Astrology is quite lengthy musical statement, more
than seventy minutes of music, with the opening instrumental track Astrology Prelude that
somehow portrays the rough outline of the album. And that is based around innovative and
playful keyboards, tight and hard rocking rhythm section that never falters, heavy lead
and rhythm guitars, and the unmistakable ethereal vocal melodies courtesy of Lana. This
formula works best in the title track, Secrets of Astrology, and songs like Raining,
Speed of Sound, Tarot, Long Winter Dreams. In addition, there are also more
mellow-type, balladesque songs like Alexandria, The Bell, Under the Sun. As the
songs vary from one another and the entire album has structural integrity with an obvious
well-plotted script, this produces an effect of longevity, something that is quite hard to
- Lana has once again proved that women are serious contenders to the throne of
progressive, heavy or music of any kind. Both thumbs up!!!
- The previous albums:
- Garden of the Moon ( ©ANGULAR Records/LIMB Music Publishing '98 )
- Queen of the Ocean ( ©ANGULAR Records/LIMB Music Publishing '99 )
- Both albums are a fine display of symphonic progressive art rock
and metal combining different arrangements with clear hooks and melodic vocals of a lady.
Lana's typical trademark is her soaring vocal. Her style fuses technique with passion
resulting in a unique voice that reflects her love for melodic rock music. Queen
of the Ocean is Lana's already fourth album and many things have matured.
Production is getting better and better, songs are really well written and performed in a
professional manner plus the guest appearances are also improving. This time it is Tony
Franklin, of BLUE MURDER fame, on bass. Plus, there is a cover
version of the VAIN song, Without You. All in all, the music of LANA
LANE is very diverse and on the thin edge between the mainstream and underground.
Try it, you might find it captivating.