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The Story
Norway progressive metal band "Ark"'s self titled debut album was released in Asia in September 1999 and in Europe during January, 2000. Featuring the incendiary axe work of Tore Ostby (Conception, DC Cooper) along with drummer John Macaluso (Yngwie Malmsteen, TNT) and vocalist Jorn Lande (Uli Jon Roth, The Snakes), the album finds the band creating powerful progressive music written in total artistic freedomb eyond boundaries of style - complex and intense but infused with memorable melodies. In their native land, Norway's Scream magazine wrote, "The Coverdale/Lynnot-sounding voice of Lande injects some influences from the '70s into the music, while the playing of Ostby, and the quite technical drumming of Mr. Macaluso makes it progressive. This combination is very hard to beat. There are a lot of strong songs here, especially "Burning Down", "Where The Winds Blow" and "Singers At The Worlds Dawn". "

The Music
05:26 Burning Down Vocal
05:06 Where The Winds Blow Vocal
08:53 The Hunchback Of Notre Dame Vocal
06:56 Singers At The World's Dawn Vocal
08:43 Mother Love Vocal
05:54 Center Avenue Vocal
09:44 Can't Let Go Vocal

The Artists
Tore Ostby  -  Guitars, Production, Engineering
John Macaluso  -  Drums, Percussion, Production, Engineering
Jorn Lande  -  Lead Vocals, Production, Engineering
Trond Nagell Dahl  -  Keyboards
Ingar Amlien  -  Bass on "Burning Down"
Harry Sagstuen  -  Saxophone on "Can`t Let Go"
Maud Graaterud  -  Vocals on "Can`t Let Go"
Ole Johnny Lande  -  Accordian on "The Hunchback Of Notre Dame"
Dag Stokke  -  Vocal Engineering on Tracks 1, 2 and 5, Mixing on Tracks 1, 2, and 5
Kjartan Hesthagen  -  Vocal Engineering on Tracks 1, 2 and 5
Arve Heimdal  -  Additional Engineering
Bjorn Borge  -  Mixing
Tommy Newton  -  Mastering
Morten Hansen  -  Cover
Anthony Caldecourt  -  Paintings

Recorded at Ark Studio A, Ihle, Norway, Ark Studio D, Oslo, Norway and Studio Studio Nyhagen, Boverbru, Norway.

Mixed at BBM Studios, Oslo, Norway. Tracks 1, 2 and 5 mixed at Studio Studio.

Mastered at Area 51 Studios, Celle, Germany.

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