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Narnia - Long Live The King 2000 / Japanese Version


01. Gates of Paravel (Intro)

02. Living Water

03. Shelter Through The Pain

04. The Mission

05. What You Give Is What You Get

06. The Lost Son

07. Long Live the King

08. Dangerous Game

09. Star Over Bethlehem

10. Shadowlands (Outro)

Bonustrack (Japanese Release)

11. Can't Get Enough of You

Band Former & Past/ Members

Germán Pascual - Vocals

Christian Rivel - Vocals

Carljohan Grimmark - Guitar, Vocals

Martin Claeson - Keyboard

Linus Kase - Keyboard

Jakob Persson - Bass

Andreas Olsson - Bass

Andreas Johansson - Drums

Fredrik Junhammar - Drums

Narnia were Founded in 1996 by Vocalist Christian Liljegren and Guitarist Carljohan Grimmark. The duo first met in '93 and immediately realized that they shared the same musical taste and a fondness for the metal heroes of the golden '80s,

which heavily inspired the pair. Christian reveres vocalists such as Joey Tempest (Europe), Ronnie James Dio and David Byron (Uriah Heep), not surprising considering he grew up with bands from that period; however, it's a bit astounding to consider that Carljohan is inspired by guitarists like Yngwie Malmsteen, Ritchie Blackmore, Joe Satriani, Gary Moore and John Norum, as he's only 24 years old.

In May '97 Drummer Andreas Johannson, keyboard player Martin Claesson and bassist Jakob Person completed the line-up. After the release of the debut album, The Awakening, in '98, the band were able to get the support slot for the comeback tour of metal legend Ronnie James Dio. The band stunned audiences with their incredible talent, causing the Japanese press to do a six-page feature on Carljohan in the country's most important guitar magazine, Young Guitar, proclaiming him the new "guitar hero."

In 1999 the second album, Long Live the King, was released and received excellent reviews by the international press. Sadly, due to personal problems, no tours were booked. That won't be the case for Desert Land, which was produced by Guitarist Carljohan Grimmark himself.

The latest album sees the band move in a slightly heavier direction when compared to the two predecessors, which echoed bands like Europe or Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force. This time around, snatches of Dio-era Black Sabbath can be heard, and songs like "Inner Sanctum," "The Witch and the Lion," or "Revolution of Mother Earth"

truly showcases the band's newfound heaviness, Like its predecessors, Desert Land is inspired by The Narnia Chronicles, the Christian allegories by famed author C.S. Lewis.

More of the same as "Awakening" but with improved songwriting, better production and a slighty more melodic metal flair with influences from bands like Kamelot as well as more neo-classical bands like Yngwie Malmsteen and Dio. The lyrics are still very simplistic Christian based lyrics.

When I first got this CD I listened to this one repeatedly and it never really grew boring to me, like other CDs that I abuse. Narnia know how to shred, but they don't rely simply on technique, rather they add in emotion and melody, quality song writing and employ hooky choruses as well. Another stellar release from Sweden's Narnia.

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